by Patrick Magoon
Last week Pro Bowl center Ryan Kalil wrapped up the final minicamp practice of his NFL career. Sweat ran down his face while he fought through the sweltering heat wave in Uptown Charlotte.
Kalil, 33, will be retiring following the conclusion of the 2018-19 season, his twelfth since the Panthers drafted him in 2007.
“Everybody sort of tells you, you’ll know when you know,” Kalil said of when it’s time to retire (via ESPN.com). “This feels right to me that this is the last one.”
Kalil believes that he is in much better shape than he was nearly a year ago after sitting for six games with a neck injury. He has had ample time to improve his health, and he expects to play with a similar level of intensity as he did in 2015.
Kalil has had his eyes on the Hollywood scene since 2016. He and NBA all-star Blake Griffin created the Los Angeles-based movie company Mortal Media. One of their first movie creations was a sequel to the 1991 film “The Rocketeer.” Kalil also co-wrote “The Rookie Handbook: How to Survive the First Season in the NFL.”
In addition, Kalil worked with actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson on the movie “Son of Shaolin” and, he is currently working on a remake of the 1992 hit “White Men Can’t Jump.”
Right now, Kalil is focusing all his energy on football. He does not want to talk about his Hollywood future until the Carolina Panthers season is finished. Kalil did not fly to Los Angeles immediately after minicamp to work on his production company.
“Just focusing on football,” Kalil said via ESPN.com. “All my energy right now is on this offseason, getting as strong and fast as I can.