Panthers veteran Kalil retiring after 2018 season

Carolina Panthers center Ryan Kalil said the 2018 season will be his last in the NFL as he prepares to farewell American football.

The five-time Pro Bowler and two-time First-Team All-Pro, who will turn 33 in March, plans to retire.

"This is going to be the last one for me," Kalil told the Charlotte Observer Tuesday.

The Panthers' second-round pick out of USC in 2007, Kalil has been the anchor of the offensive lines protecting quarterback Cam Newton the past few years.

But last season was tough, as Kalil battled a serious neck injury and played only six games.

Although he has been cleared by doctors to play, he did not detail his condition.

"I'm of the mindset to try to keep my medical stuff as private as humanly possible," Kalil said.

Kalil is the second high-profile Panthers player to announce 2018 will be his final season.

Linebacker Thomas Davis will also hang up his cleats.

Kalil said he doesn't want a big send off, adding: "I'm not doing the farewell tour, that's for sure."

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