by Joe Fortenbaugh
February 25, 02014
After 11 years, 167 regular season starts and three trips to the Pro Bowl, Carolina Panthers offensive tackle Jordan Gross is calling it a career, according to Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer.
The official announcement will take place at Bank of America Stadium on Wednesday.
Selected with the eighth overall pick of the 2003 draft out of the University of Utah, Gross spent his entire career with the Panthers, starting 167 of a possible 176 games. The 33-year-old earned three trips to Hawaii for the Pro Bowl (2008, 2010, 2013), played in the 2004 Super Bowl and was named first-team All-Pro in 2008.
"I've been to a Super Bowl. I've been in the Pro Bowl. I've won the division. I've been 2-14,” Gross told the Observer. “I've been carted off the field. I've been celebrated off the field. 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."
Gross’ decision means the Panthers—who own the 28th pick in May’s draft—now have some work to do in regards to protecting quarterback Cam Newton’s blind side.
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