In eight seasons as a player, he was a five-time First-Team All-Pro and two-time Second-Team All-Pro.
He also made the Pro Bowl seven times, missing the feat only during his rookie season.
However, Kuechly won Defensive Rookie of the Year honors in 2012 and Defensive Player of the Year the next season.
He finished his career with 690 solo tackles, 12.5 sacks, 18 interceptions, and seven forced fumbles.
In 2015, Pro Football Focus named him the best coverage defender, a rare feat for linebackers.
But while he left the game at a young age, he continued to work for the team as a pro scout.
After fulfilling that role for two seasons, he will work for the organization in another capacity.
Luke Kuechly has been hired to the Panthers’ radio broadcast team.
The 7-time Pro Bowler and 2013 NFL Defensive Player of the Year recently spent time working with the team on its scouting staff; now he’ll be on the 🎙.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) June 27, 2022
ESPN’s Field Yates tweeted, “Luke Kuechly has been hired to the Panthers’ radio broadcast team. The 7-time Pro Bowler and 2013 NFL Defensive Player of the Year recently spent time working with the team on its scouting staff; now he’ll be on the mic.”
Kuechly As The Voice Of The Panthers
It’s time for him to share his insights on what’s happening during the games.
As one of the more cerebral players during his time, he should be able to fulfill this job with ease.
Linebackers are typically the masterminds on defense because they can see the field better.
In that case, he will be able to give quick breakdowns of what happened on every snap.
Therefore, his presence will enrich the team’s radio broadcast.
If all goes well, it’s a role that Kuechly can have until he retires.
When that happens, he will become a Panthers lifer.
A high front-office role for Kuechly in the future, perhaps?
After all, he does have the pedigree that can help the Panthers become competitive again.