Jordan Gross Announcing Retirement
After three Pro Bowl appearances through 11 seasons in the NFL, Carolina Panthers tackle Jordan Gross has decided to retire announced the Carolina Panthers on Tuesday. Gross has a press conference on Wednesday. Gross had a great career which began with a Super Bowl appearance during his rookie season in 2003. He should be considered one of the all time great tackles in NFL history.
Gross’ 167 starts are the most in team history. He has many records and accolades all accomplished as a member of the Carolina Panthers. Gross and the team agreed to restructure his contract before the start of last season. Saving the team salary-cap money while at the same time the contract was set to void this month. To Gross this may have felt like the right time to hang up the cleats, but he still has plenty of ability left in the tank.
“I’ve been to a Super Bowl. I’ve been in the Pro Bowl. I’ve won the division. I’ve been 2-14. I’ve been carted off the field. I’ve been celebrated off the field,” Gross said. “I’ve had almost everything happen to me that can happen, short of winning the Super Bowl. I feel like I’m a very content person.” He certainly sounds content and ready to retire, so there should be no second guessing.
He only played for one team during his entire 11 year career which does not happen all too often these days. Even with turning 34 years old before the start of next season, Gross is still a looked at as a top five tackle in the league proving how versatile and consistent he is and has been all of his career.