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Jordan Gross: I didn’t want to leave until I knew the team was in a good place

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Panthers tackle Jordan Gross will formally announce his retirement at a press conference on Wednesday, but with word already out he issued a statement through the team about the decision.

Gross said he’s seen enough players reach the end of their careers over the years to know that not everyone gets a chance to do it their way or in good physical condition. Gross said he got the ending he’s looking for personally — “happy, healthy and thinking fondly about my experience” — and in terms of where the Panthers are as an organization.

“I didn’t want to leave until I felt the team was back in a good position for sustained success,” Gross said. “The team is there now. There is good, young leadership; there are talented players; and there are guys that really want to work hard and want to win.”

Building on their 2013 success will take a strong replacement for Gross. Free agency and a deep group of tackles in the draft offer the Panthers options in how to proceed and making the right choice has shot up to the top of the list of General Manager Dave Gettleman’s priorities this offseason.

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12 Responses to “Jordan Gross: I didn’t want to leave until I knew the team was in a good place”
  1. 1bbfan says: Feb 25, 2014 2:40 PM

    Nice…Classy Exit.

  2. 4allintensivepurposes says: Feb 25, 2014 2:51 PM

    What’s so good about Charlotte?

  3. weepingjebus says: Feb 25, 2014 2:54 PM

    I like the sentiment, seems like a smart guy. Best of luck in the future, and hope you’ve planned your finances as carefully as your exit strategy!

  4. ingraven says: Feb 25, 2014 2:54 PM

    WoW. I have NEVER heard of a player doing this until now. What a GREAT guy. Very classy.

  5. thestrategyexpert says: Feb 25, 2014 2:55 PM

    They could try and pry away Jonathan Martin from the Dolphins.

  6. nfloracle says: Feb 25, 2014 3:03 PM

    Top notch man and player… we’ll miss watching you on Sundays, Jordan. Wishing you all the best for your post-football years: health, happiness, and prosperity.

  7. Lev says: Feb 25, 2014 3:07 PM

    It isn’t Cleveland.

  8. 1ncrev says: Feb 25, 2014 3:09 PM

    Hope Mr. Richardson finds a permanent place in the organization for JG. Future HoF’er; retire his jersey #.

  9. Lev says: Feb 25, 2014 3:10 PM

    Jordan has always been a talented football player, but he is also an excellent citizen here in Charlotte, and has had a strong connection to the local fanbase. I’m sad to see him go, but I’m glad he’s doing it in a Panthers jersey.

    Thanks for all the years Jordan!!!

  10. qdog112 says: Feb 25, 2014 3:33 PM

    Saying all the right things … good for him.

  11. gomer1 says: Feb 25, 2014 5:17 PM

    Thank God he didn’t get drafted by the Browns. He’d have to play until he was 58 years old…

  12. mhs8031 says: Feb 26, 2014 11:52 AM

    Jordan Gross is a class act.

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