Wednesday’s Mashup: Patriots pay tribute to Luke Kuechly after retirement announcement

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WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:NBA: Detroit at Boston, 7 p.m. (NBCSB)AROUND THE WEB: 

-- Panthers star and former Boston College player Luke Kuechly announced his retirement from the NFL on Tuesday night after eight seasons and members of the Patriots were among athletes who expressed their support for him on social media. 

“In my heart, I know it’s the right thing to do.” pic.twitter.com/mSDyJ0iEMw

— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) January 15, 2020

@panthers LB Luke Kuechly announces his retirement after eight seasons. --: @tapiaphoto/NFL

A post shared by NFL (@nfl) on Jan 14, 2020 at 5:41pm PST

“Much respect 59! ELITE!!,” Dont’a Hightower wrote. 

“One of the best to do it! Much Respect!,” James White posted. 

Edelman wrote, “Complete football player #monster.”

And Rob Gronkowski, who is famously retired, tweeted a tongue-and-cheek question to Kuechly. 

Congrats @LukeKuechly on early retirement. You were a fearless player out there on the field. Soooo....when are you coming back??

— Rob Gronkowski (@RobGronkowski) January 15, 2020

-- The Patriots will not be in the Super Bowl this year but one former Boston athlete will have a small role in the Big Game. 

David Ortiz is set to star in a Hyundai commercial during Super Bowl LIV alongside Chris Evans, John Krasinski and Rachel Dratch. 

A teaser for the ad was released this week and shows Dratch trying to help Ortiz with his Boston accent.

The full commercial will air on Jan. 27 and during the Super Bowl on Feb. 2.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Today we met to discuss the Commissioner’s report related to the Houston Astros investigation," the Red Sox said in a statement. "Given the findings and the Commissioner’s ruling, we collectively decided that it would not be possible for Alex to effectively lead the club going forward and we mutually agreed to part ways.” -- The Red Sox, in a statement on parting ways with Alex Cora