|Panthers DE Mike Rucker to retire|
|Written by Admin|
|Tuesday, 22 April 2008 03:58|
Rucker will announce his retirement at news conference at Bank of America Stadium later Tuesday, a team official said.
In February, Rucker decided he'd play for at least one more season. But the 33-year-old had second thoughts, and the Panthers decided not to re-sign him.
Rucker was Carolina's second-round pick in 1999 and quickly became one of the anchors of the defensive line. He ranks second in team history with 553 tackles and 55 1/2 sacks.
Rucker returned from a serious knee injury last season and finished with 57 tackles and three sacks.