Football players aren't expected to have long careers because of the toll the sport takes on their bodies. Constant hits to the head can lead to degenerative diseases and in some cases, CTE. Players are retiring younger now as they want to make sure they can live good lives well after they are done with the sport. The latest football player to leave the game at a young age is none other than Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly. Kuechly took to social media last night where he announced his retirement from the sport, at the age of 28.
Kuechly spoke about some of the injuries he's faced and how now is the right time to leave the game. Kuechly was considered one of the best linebackers this decade and was the backbone of the Panthers defense. Without him on the squad, the Panthers will certainly be hurting in terms of raw power.
Fans were fairly shocked and devastated by the news as they took to social media to show respect for the player they have idolized over the last few years. Some are disappointed that he would choose to retire now while others completely respect his decision and felt like it showed a ton of maturity.
Check out some of the reactions, below.
Chargers’ Antonio Gates Issues Statement Regarding His Retirement
One of the best tight ends ever is walking away from the game.
Antonio Gates is quite simply one of the best tight ends to ever play the game of football. As it stands, Gates ranks first all-time in tight end touchdowns with 116. He is third in receptions with 955 and third in yards with 11,841. Gates is 39 years old and for years now, there has been speculation about when he would want to walk away from the game. Today, Gates took to Twitter where he issued a statement to his fans. As he explains, he will finally be calling it a career after 16 incredible seasons with the Chargers.
Thanks to his personal accomplishments, Gates will certainly be a Hall of Fame candidate although it remains to be seen whether or not his efforts will not just be recognized but rewarded as well.
Gates' retirement will certainly serve as a blow to Chargers fans. Gates was part of some of the franchise's best years, especially dating back to when they were in San Diego. Moving forward, the Chargers appear to be in a bit of a rebuild as quarterback Philip Rivers' future is in question. Gates will forever be loved by the fanbase and NFL fans as a whole be appreciative for how he helped change the tight end position.
Tom Brady On Contract Talks & Future: "I’m Just Taking It Day To Day"
It seems that Tom Brady will be back next season. The real question is, for which team?
Tom Brady is still unsure what his future will look like, but it seems like he won’t be retiring.
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When asked by Jim Gray in an interview on Westwood One, as noticed by ESPN, whether Brady would be playing football next season, Brady responded, “Yeah, absolutely. That’s my plan.”
His answers to questions about what team he will be playing for were vaguer: “I love playing football. I love playing for this organization. I really don’t know what it looks like moving forward, and I’m just taking it day to day.”
NBA Veteran Vince Carter Becomes First In The League To Play In Four Different Decades
This season will be his last.
For 24 seasons, Vince Carter has been a dominating force in the NBA. The 42-year-old league veteran is currently a shooting guard/forward for the Atlanta Hawks, but his career has taken him to many cities since 1998. He began with the Toronto Raptors (after being traded from the Golden State Warriors on draft night), then onto the New Jersey Nets, then had a brief stint with the Orlando Magic, a year with the Phoenix Suns, then over to the Dallas Mavericks before moving to the Memphis Grizzlies, then he was with the Sacramento Kings for a bit before making a home with the Hawks.
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Carter’s career highlights include being a Team USA Olympics gold-winner, a two-time All-NBA, an eight-time All-Star, Slam Dunk champion in 2000 and Rookie of the Year back in 1999. He’s had a long, successful ride in the NBA for all of these years, and he’s recently announced that this season will be his last.
During Saturday’s game against the Indiana Pacers, Carter played 18 minutes and scored three points. It may not seem like much, but it was a moment in NBA history that no one else had accomplished. Carter has become the first player in the NBA to appear in four separate decades, and it seems like a great way to bow out into retirement. Check out a collection of Carter’s best plays from each season of his career below.
Tom Brady On Returning To Patriots: "I Don’t Know What The Future Looks Like"
Is the Patriots dynasty over?
New England is in panic.
Saturday night, the New England Patriots lost to the Tennessee Titans in the Wild Card round of the playoffs, and the once unthinkable is now a genuine uncertainty: Will Tom Brady leave the Patriots?
The renowned quarterback answered that question and more during a post-game press conference, Saturday night, according to ESPN.
"I love the Patriots. It's the greatest organization," Brady answered. "Playing for Mr. [Robert] Kraft all these years, and for Coach [Bill] Belichick, there's nobody who's had a better career, I would say, than me -- just being with them. So I'm very blessed."
He finished his answer with the salient, "I don't know what the future looks like, so I'm not going to predict it."
Brady also commented on the likelihood of his retirement: "I would say [retirement is] pretty unlikely. ... I don't know what's going to happen. I'm not going to predict it. No one needs to make choices at this point. I love playing football. I love playing for this team. I've loved playing for this team for two decades and winning a lot of games. I don't know what it looks like moving forward, so we'll just take it day to day."
The Patriots' loss to the Titans is the team's earliest playoff exit since 2010.
Former All-Star Zach Randolph Retires From The NBA
Z-Bo is officially done.
Two-time NBA All-Star Zach Randolph is retiring from the league.
The former big man spent his 17 years in the league playing for the Portland Trail Blazers, New York Knicks, LA Clippers, Sacramento Kings, and perhaps most memorably, the Memphis Grizzlies. In Memphis, he led the team to a franchise-record of seven straight playoff appearances. He averaged 16.6 points and 9.1 rebounds throughout his career.
Randolph made the announcement on his social media pages with a statement reading, “I gave this game my all, and it gave everything back and more. Basketball will always be a part of me. From Marion, to East Lansing, to Portland, NY, LA, Memphis, Sacramento, and everyone in between – thank you all for an incredible journey. Special thank you to the Memphis Grizzlies and the entire city which I will forever call home, my family for always supporting me – my mom, brother, and sisters for taking this journey with me, the Portland Trail Blazers for taking a chance on a young kid from Marion, Coach Moe Smedley, Coach Tom Izzo, Commissioners David Stern and Adam Silver for the opportunity, all the NBA organizations, front offices, staff, and every single teammate. To my agent Raymond Brothers – you’ve not only been my agent my whole career, you’ve been my big brother as well.”
Randolph’s last game was in March 2018.
He ended his statement: “One love. Z-Bo.”
Legendary Trance DJ Announces His Retirement After 20-Year Career
Twenty years is a long time for any DJ’s career — some have stood the test of time and continue to sell out arenas and venues. Others have taken a more sedentary approach and slowed their touring to focus more on production and/or time with family. For Menno de Jong, who’s been touring as an artist for the past 20 years, it’s time to hang up the headphones.
Menno made the announcement earlier this week that he will be playing the final set of his DJ career next year, September 12th. “The past 20 years have brought countless memorable moments,” he wrote, “allowed me to see many of the world’s most beautiful places, and brought amazing people in to my life.”
He continued, “But throughout that era I have grown older and changed significantly as a person, developing a pressing sense of urgency to make decisions about how I spend the remaining time in my life.” Much of the reason he’s chosen to retire now is environmental, as he states, “I’m finding it increasingly hard to consolidate my environmental and animal rights beliefs with a profession that involves constantly jetting from one part of the world to another.”
It surely couldn’t have been an easy decision to make, and at only 35 years old, Menno still has plenty of time left to devote to whatever he sets his sights to next. He’ll be doing a farewell tour in 2020, in which all travel, whenever possible, will “be by train or sailboat and, especially if travel by airplane is the only ble option, CO2 compensated. For every ticket sold to ‘Menno Solo – The Finale’ a donation of 1 euro will be made to Trees For All, a reforestation initiative that plants trees in different parts of the world.”
You can read his full statement below as well as find tour dates. Tickets go on sale Jan 20th, 12:00 CET on his website.
My dear fan or friend,
With humble gratitude and respect I’m hereby announcing that on September 12th 2020 I will be performing the last set of my DJ career at Menno Solo – The Finale. The past 20 years have brought countless memorable moments, allowed me to see many of the world’s most beautiful places, and brought amazing people in to my life..
But throughout that era I have grown older and changed significantly as a person, developing a pressing sense of urgency to make decisions about how I spend the remaining time in my life. Whereas the thought of touring as a DJ was initially infinitely enticing, over time it has become clear to me that it is also an enormously taxing lifestyle that leaves limited room for personal growth, health and time with family and friends. Moreover, I’m finding it increasingly hard to consolidate my environmental and animal rights beliefs with a profession that involves constantly jetting from one part of the world to another. These topics are something that have always been very close to my heart.
Up until my last show I will be doing my very best to visit all the places I have performed at in the past one last time, so that we can have a proper goodbye, celebrate with the amazing music of the past two decades, and so that I can personally thank you for all your support – I couldn’t have done it without you and it’s been such a great ride.
Hoping for your understanding, with much love,