Jordan Gross stepped away from the Carolina Panthers as a player two years ago.
Now the former Pro Bowl offensive lineman is stepping away from their broadcast team.
Gross informed the Panthers this week he is giving up his roles as sideline reporter for the radio network and host of several team-produced TV shows, including the funny and conversational “This is Gross.”
Gross, 35, said he enjoyed his two seasons roaming the sideline with a headset and mic but is mindful of making time for his wife and their two school-age children.
“I just want to spend time with my family. I loved the opportunity. I love the Panthers,” Gross said Thursday. “I just want to have more availability, try some new stuff in life.”
Gross, the Panthers’ longtime left tackle, has become a fitness buff since retiring after the 2013 season following his third Pro Bowl appearance. He shed 70 pounds in seven months and has competed in several triathlons.
Gross said he and his family will continue to live in the Charlotte area during the school year while spending time in his native Idaho over the summer.
“I really don’t have this great, other plan,” he said. “The only thing you can’t buy more of is time. And my eyes are wide open to that. I want to enjoy my life as much as possible.”