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Luke Kuechly
LB #59
Height:
6-3
Weight:
238
Age:
27
College:
Boston College
Hometown:
Cincinnati, Ohio
Experience:
7

Quick Stats (2017):

TCKL
125
SCK
1.5
FF
1
INT
3
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 818 516 302 10.5 0 49 15 127 -- 32 1 5 8
2017 CAR 15 15 125 74 51 1.5 0 6 3 23 7.7 23 0 1 3
2016 CAR 10 10 102 71 31 2.0 -- 6 1 1 1 1 0 1 --
2015 CAR 13 13 118 76 42 1.0 0 10 4 48 12 32 1 2 1
2014 CAR 16 16 153 99 54 3.0 -- 12 1 0 -- 0 0 1 1
2013 CAR 16 16 156 93 63 2.0 -- 7 4 33 8.3 30 0 0 --
2012 CAR 16 16 164 103 61 1.0 -- 8 2 22 11 25 0 0 3
Recent Games
WKOppResultTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
TotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
1 @SF W 23-3 7 5 2 0.0 -- 1 1 23 23 23 0 0 --
2 BUF W 9-3 5 3 2 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
3 NO L 13-34 8 4 4 0.0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
4 @NE W 33-30 14 12 2 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
5 @DET W 27-24 8 5 3 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
6 PHI L 23-28 4 0 4 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
7 @CHI L 3-17 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
8 @TB W 17-3 8 6 2 0.0 -- 1 1 0 -- 0 0 0 1
9 ATL W 20-17 11 3 8 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
10 MIA W 45-21 6 3 3 0.0 -- 1 1 0 -- 0 0 0 --
12 @NYJ W 35-27 9 4 5 0.0 0 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 1
13 @NO L 21-31 9 8 1 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 1
14 MIN W 31-24 14 8 6 1.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
15 GB W 31-24 4 2 2 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
16 TB W 22-19 8 3 5 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
17 @ATL L 10-22 10 8 2 0.5 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --

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Bio

NFL RANKINGS 
• Leads the NFL with 818 tackles (based on press box statistics) since entering the league in 2012, ranking as the most tackles over a six-year stretch since London Fletcher had 827 between 2008-13.
• Kuechly led the NFL in tackles in 2012 and 2014. In 2012, he became the first rookie since San Francisco's Patrick Willis (2007) to lead the NFL in tackles.
• Tied NFL single-game record with 24 tackles (based on press box statistics) vs. New Orleans (12/22/13), previously accomplished by David Harris for the New York Jets (11/4/07).
• Recorded 15 interceptions since entering the League in 2012, the most among NFL linebackers.
• Leads all NFL linebackers with 22 total takeaways (15 interceptions, seven opponent fumble recoveries) since 2012. That mark ties for seventh among all NFL players over that span.

FRANCHISE RANKINGS
• Set Panthers single-season record with 205 tackles (coaches film) in 2012.
• Ranks third in franchise history with 930 career tackles (coaches film).
• Owns three of the top five single-season tackle totals in team history.
• Only player in franchise history with more than 100 tackles in each of his first six seasons as a Panther.
• Amassed a team-record 26 tackles in Panthers’ 17-13 playoff-clinching win vs. New Orleans (12/22/13).
• Ranks fourth all-time with 15 interceptions and tied for fourth with 22 takeaways.

PRO CAREER
• Started and played in 15 games and was inactive for one for Carolina in 2017...Led the team with 134 tackles and three interceptions, earning his fifth-straight Pro Bowl nod.
• Led a defense that ranked third in rushing defense, third in sacks and seventh in total defense, setting a franchise record for not allowing a 100-yard individual rusher all season.
• Earned fifth career NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors in Week 12 at New York Jets (11/26/17) as he recovered a fumble and returned it 34 yards for his first career fumble recovery touchdown.
• Named NFL Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award winner in 2017, which recognizes the NFL player who best demonstrates the qualities of outstanding sportsmanship on the playing field, including fair play, respect for opponents and integrity in competition.
• Started all 10 games played for Carolina in 2016...Inactive for the final six games of the season...Recorded 112 tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble in 2016, marking his fifth straight season with at least 100 tackles.
• Key contributor on a defensive unit that ranked second in the NFL with 47 sacks and tied for fourth in the League with 17 interceptions.
• Posted 10 tackles vs. San Francisco (9/18/16) to pass Jon Beason (701 from 2007-13) for the third-most tackles by a single player in franchise history.
• Started 13 games and was inactive for three with a concussion in 2015 for Carolina...Started all three postseason contests including Super Bowl 50...Earned Pro Bowl and First-Team AP All-Pro honors after leading the team with 137 tackles and tied career high with four interceptions...Contributed to defensive unit that ranked in the top 10 in the NFL in total defense for the fourth consecutive year, finishing sixth.
• Became the first linebacker in the Super Bowl era with multiple interception return touchdowns in a single postseason with an interception return touchdown in the NFC Divisional Playoff vs. Seattle (1/17/16) and in the NFC Championship vs. Arizona (1/24/16).
• Earned NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors vs. Dallas (11/26/15) after becoming the first player since the Houston Oilers Marcus Robertson in 1997 to record interceptions on consecutive plays from scrimmage...Recorded single-game career high two interceptions, including a career-first interception returned for a touchdown.
• Led the NFL in 2014 for the second time in three years with 153 tackles (based on press box statistics)...Contributed to a defensive unit that ranked 10th in the NFL in total defense in 2014... Part of Panthers defense that set an NFL postseason record allowing 78 total net yards vs. Arizona (1/3/15).
• Named 2013 AP Defensive Player of the Year...Became the first player to earn AP Defensive Rookie of the Year and AP Defensive Player of the Year in consecutive years since Lawrence Taylor of the New York Giants in 1981 and 1982...Earned AP All-Pro First Team honors and was named to first career Pro Bowl.
• Registered a team-leading and career-high 11 passes defensed (according to press box statistics) in 2014, second most among NFL linebackers...Posted a career-high three sacks.
• Key member of defensive unit for Carolina in 2014 that finished in the top 10 in the NFL in total defense for a third consecutive year, ranked 10th...Finished the season with 166 tackles and was named to second career Pro Bowl.
• Led Carolina unit in 2013 that ranked second in the NFL in total defense and points allowed and led the league in sacks while finishing second in rushing defense and sixth in passing defense.
• Twice named NFC Defensive Player of the Week in 2013 for performances at San Francisco (11/10/13) and vs. New Orleans (12/22/13)...Produced 13 tackles, one sack and one pass defensed in Panthers’ 10-9 win against 49ers...Amassed a team-record 26 tackles, one interception and one pass defensed in Panthers’ 17-13 playoff-clinching win against Saints.
• Named 2012 Associated Press Defensive Rookie of the Year after becoming first rookie since Patrick Willis in 2007 to lead the NFL in tackles.
• Named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month for December 2012…Totaled 74 tackles, one sack, one interception and two passes defensed as Panthers went 4-1 during month.
• Earned NFC Defensive Player of the Week vs. Atlanta (12/9/12)...Posted career-high 19 tackles.
• Notched first career interception vs. Seattle (10/7/12), snagging a pass by quarterback Russell Wilson.
• Victimized Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn for first career sack at Kansas City (12/2/12).

HONORS
• AP Defensive Player of the Year (2013)
• 5x Pro Bowl (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
• 4x AP All-Pro First-Team (2013, 2014, 2015, 2017)
• AP All-Pro Second-Team (2016)
• 4x PFWA All-NFC (2013, 2014, 2015, 2017)
• 5x Sporting News All-Pro (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
• 2x Sports Illustrated All-Pro (2013, 2014)
• NFL Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award Winner (2017)
• AP Defensive Rookie of the Year (2012)
• NFL 101 NFC Defensive Player of the Year (2013)
• Sporting News Defensive Player of the Year (2013)
• PFWA Defensive Rookie of the Year (2012)
• 5x NFC Defensive Player of the Week (2012, Week 14; 2013, Weeks 10 and 16; 2015, Week 12; 2017, Week 12)
• NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month (2012, December)

TRANSACTIONS: Selected in the first round (9th overall) of the NFL Draft by Carolina (4/26/12)...Signed to contract extension by Carolina (9/11/15).

GP/GS: Career (86/86) [6/6]; 2017 (15/15) [1/1]; 2016 (10/10); 2015 (13/13) [3/3]; 2014 (16/16) [2/2]; 2013 (16/16) [1/1]; 2012 (16/16).

2017
Started and played in 15 games and was inactive for one for Carolina in 2017...Led the team with 134 tackles and three interceptions...Recorded team's only defensive TD with first career fumble recovery touchdown...Finished with three fumble recoveries and one forced fumble...(9/10 at SAN FRANCISCO)...Intercepted 49ers quarterback Brian Hoyer and returned the ball 23 yards to set up a Carolina touchdown on the ensuing drive… (9/17 vs BUFFALO)...Tallied seven tackles, one quarterback pressure and one forced fumble...(10/1 at NEW ENGLAND)…Tallied a team-high 15 tackles…Also recorded one pass defensed...(10/12 vs PHILADELPHIA)…Started at linebacker…Tallied four tackles and two quarterback pressures…Left the game in the second quarter after being examined for a concussion...(10/29 at TAMPA BAY)…Started at linebacker after missing the previous game with a concussion…Recorded nine tackles, one interception and one own fumble recovery…(11/13 vs MIAMI)…Started at linebacker and recorded six tackles and one interception with less than one minute remaining in the half, setting up the Carolina offense for a touchdown just before halftime…(11/26 at NEW YORK JETS)…Named NFC Defensive Player of the Week...Earned honor for fifth time, passing Julius Peppers (4) for most in team history...Led team with 10 tackles...Recovered a fumble caused by DE Wes Horton and returned 34 yards for a go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter...First defensive touchdown by Carolina since Thomas Davis returned a fumble in 2016 vs. Arizona (10/30/16)... (12/3 at NEW ORLEANS)…Started at linebacker...Lead the Carolina defense with a team-high 10 tackles...Recovered a fumble forced by Mike Adams in the second quarter...(12/10 vs. MINNESOTA)…Started at linebacker...Recorded a team-high 13 tackles and first sack of the season...POSTSEASON: (1/7 at NEW ORLEANS)...Started at linebacker and recorded seven tackles and one quarterback pressure.

COLLEGE
Played in 38 games with 37 starts at Boston College...Finished career with an Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and school-record 532 tackles...Tackle total ranks second in NCAA history...Averaged an NCAA record 14.0 tackles per game...Only player to ever lead the nation in tackles more than once and first player to lead the ACC in tackles three times...As a junior in 2011, earned Bronko Nagurski Award as the nation’s top defensive player, Butkus Award as the nation’s most outstanding linebacker and Rotary Lombardi Award as the nation’s best lineman or linebacker...First-team All-American...ACC Defensive Player of the Year...First-team All-ACC selection...Led the nation with a conference record 191 tackles, averaging a Football Bowl Subdivision record 15.9 tackles per game...As a sophomore in 2010, named first-team All-American...First-team All-ACC choice...Ranked first in the nation with 183 tackles...First-team Freshman All-American in 2009...ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year...First-team All-ACC selection...Finished second in the nation with 158 tackles.

PERSONAL
Attended St. Xavier HS in Cincinnati, Ohio...Majored in marketing at Boston College...Last name is pronounced KEEK-lee.

NFL RANKINGS 
• Leads the NFL with 818 tackles (based on press box statistics) since entering the league in 2012, ranking as the most tackles over a six-year stretch since London Fletcher had 827 between 2008-13.
• Kuechly led the NFL in tackles in 2012 and 2014. In 2012, he became the first rookie since San Francisco's Patrick Willis (2007) to lead the NFL in tackles.
• Tied NFL single-game record with 24 tackles (based on press box statistics) vs. New Orleans (12/22/13), previously accomplished by David Harris for the New York Jets (11/4/07).
• Recorded 15 interceptions since entering the League in 2012, the most among NFL linebackers.
• Leads all NFL linebackers with 22 total takeaways (15 interceptions, seven opponent fumble recoveries) since 2012. That mark ties for seventh among all NFL players over that span.

FRANCHISE RANKINGS
• Set Panthers single-season record with 205 tackles (coaches film) in 2012.
• Ranks third in franchise history with 930 career tackles (coaches film).
• Owns three of the top five single-season tackle totals in team history.
• Only player in franchise history with more than 100 tackles in each of his first six seasons as a Panther.
• Amassed a team-record 26 tackles in Panthers’ 17-13 playoff-clinching win vs. New Orleans (12/22/13).
• Ranks fourth all-time with 15 interceptions and tied for fourth with 22 takeaways.

PRO CAREER
• Started and played in 15 games and was inactive for one for Carolina in 2017...Led the team with 134 tackles and three interceptions, earning his fifth-straight Pro Bowl nod.
• Led a defense that ranked third in rushing defense, third in sacks and seventh in total defense, setting a franchise record for not allowing a 100-yard individual rusher all season.
• Earned fifth career NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors in Week 12 at New York Jets (11/26/17) as he recovered a fumble and returned it 34 yards for his first career fumble recovery touchdown.
• Named NFL Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award winner in 2017, which recognizes the NFL player who best demonstrates the qualities of outstanding sportsmanship on the playing field, including fair play, respect for opponents and integrity in competition.
• Started all 10 games played for Carolina in 2016...Inactive for the final six games of the season...Recorded 112 tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble in 2016, marking his fifth straight season with at least 100 tackles.
• Key contributor on a defensive unit that ranked second in the NFL with 47 sacks and tied for fourth in the League with 17 interceptions.
• Posted 10 tackles vs. San Francisco (9/18/16) to pass Jon Beason (701 from 2007-13) for the third-most tackles by a single player in franchise history.
• Started 13 games and was inactive for three with a concussion in 2015 for Carolina...Started all three postseason contests including Super Bowl 50...Earned Pro Bowl and First-Team AP All-Pro honors after leading the team with 137 tackles and tied career high with four interceptions...Contributed to defensive unit that ranked in the top 10 in the NFL in total defense for the fourth consecutive year, finishing sixth.
• Became the first linebacker in the Super Bowl era with multiple interception return touchdowns in a single postseason with an interception return touchdown in the NFC Divisional Playoff vs. Seattle (1/17/16) and in the NFC Championship vs. Arizona (1/24/16).
• Earned NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors vs. Dallas (11/26/15) after becoming the first player since the Houston Oilers Marcus Robertson in 1997 to record interceptions on consecutive plays from scrimmage...Recorded single-game career high two interceptions, including a career-first interception returned for a touchdown.
• Led the NFL in 2014 for the second time in three years with 153 tackles (based on press box statistics)...Contributed to a defensive unit that ranked 10th in the NFL in total defense in 2014... Part of Panthers defense that set an NFL postseason record allowing 78 total net yards vs. Arizona (1/3/15).
• Named 2013 AP Defensive Player of the Year...Became the first player to earn AP Defensive Rookie of the Year and AP Defensive Player of the Year in consecutive years since Lawrence Taylor of the New York Giants in 1981 and 1982...Earned AP All-Pro First Team honors and was named to first career Pro Bowl.
• Registered a team-leading and career-high 11 passes defensed (according to press box statistics) in 2014, second most among NFL linebackers...Posted a career-high three sacks.
• Key member of defensive unit for Carolina in 2014 that finished in the top 10 in the NFL in total defense for a third consecutive year, ranked 10th...Finished the season with 166 tackles and was named to second career Pro Bowl.
• Led Carolina unit in 2013 that ranked second in the NFL in total defense and points allowed and led the league in sacks while finishing second in rushing defense and sixth in passing defense.
• Twice named NFC Defensive Player of the Week in 2013 for performances at San Francisco (11/10/13) and vs. New Orleans (12/22/13)...Produced 13 tackles, one sack and one pass defensed in Panthers’ 10-9 win against 49ers...Amassed a team-record 26 tackles, one interception and one pass defensed in Panthers’ 17-13 playoff-clinching win against Saints.
• Named 2012 Associated Press Defensive Rookie of the Year after becoming first rookie since Patrick Willis in 2007 to lead the NFL in tackles.
• Named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month for December 2012…Totaled 74 tackles, one sack, one interception and two passes defensed as Panthers went 4-1 during month.
• Earned NFC Defensive Player of the Week vs. Atlanta (12/9/12)...Posted career-high 19 tackles.
• Notched first career interception vs. Seattle (10/7/12), snagging a pass by quarterback Russell Wilson.
• Victimized Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn for first career sack at Kansas City (12/2/12).

HONORS
• AP Defensive Player of the Year (2013)
• 5x Pro Bowl (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
• 4x AP All-Pro First-Team (2013, 2014, 2015, 2017)
• AP All-Pro Second-Team (2016)
• 4x PFWA All-NFC (2013, 2014, 2015, 2017)
• 5x Sporting News All-Pro (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
• 2x Sports Illustrated All-Pro (2013, 2014)
• NFL Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award Winner (2017)
• AP Defensive Rookie of the Year (2012)
• NFL 101 NFC Defensive Player of the Year (2013)
• Sporting News Defensive Player of the Year (2013)
• PFWA Defensive Rookie of the Year (2012)
• 5x NFC Defensive Player of the Week (2012, Week 14; 2013, Weeks 10 and 16; 2015, Week 12; 2017, Week 12)
• NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month (2012, December)

TRANSACTIONS: Selected in the first round (9th overall) of the NFL Draft by Carolina (4/26/12)...Signed to contract extension by Carolina (9/11/15).

GP/GS: Career (86/86) [6/6]; 2017 (15/15) [1/1]; 2016 (10/10); 2015 (13/13) [3/3]; 2014 (16/16) [2/2]; 2013 (16/16) [1/1]; 2012 (16/16).

2017
Started and played in 15 games and was inactive for one for Carolina in 2017...Led the team with 134 tackles and three interceptions...Recorded team's only defensive TD with first career fumble recovery touchdown...Finished with three fumble recoveries and one forced fumble...(9/10 at SAN FRANCISCO)...Intercepted 49ers quarterback Brian Hoyer and returned the ball 23 yards to set up a Carolina touchdown on the ensuing drive… (9/17 vs BUFFALO)...Tallied seven tackles, one quarterback pressure and one forced fumble...(10/1 at NEW ENGLAND)…Tallied a team-high 15 tackles…Also recorded one pass defensed...(10/12 vs PHILADELPHIA)…Started at linebacker…Tallied four tackles and two quarterback pressures…Left the game in the second quarter after being examined for a concussion...(10/29 at TAMPA BAY)…Started at linebacker after missing the previous game with a concussion…Recorded nine tackles, one interception and one own fumble recovery…(11/13 vs MIAMI)…Started at linebacker and recorded six tackles and one interception with less than one minute remaining in the half, setting up the Carolina offense for a touchdown just before halftime…(11/26 at NEW YORK JETS)…Named NFC Defensive Player of the Week...Earned honor for fifth time, passing Julius Peppers (4) for most in team history...Led team with 10 tackles...Recovered a fumble caused by DE Wes Horton and returned 34 yards for a go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter...First defensive touchdown by Carolina since Thomas Davis returned a fumble in 2016 vs. Arizona (10/30/16)... (12/3 at NEW ORLEANS)…Started at linebacker...Lead the Carolina defense with a team-high 10 tackles...Recovered a fumble forced by Mike Adams in the second quarter...(12/10 vs. MINNESOTA)…Started at linebacker...Recorded a team-high 13 tackles and first sack of the season...POSTSEASON: (1/7 at NEW ORLEANS)...Started at linebacker and recorded seven tackles and one quarterback pressure.

COLLEGE
Played in 38 games with 37 starts at Boston College...Finished career with an Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and school-record 532 tackles...Tackle total ranks second in NCAA history...Averaged an NCAA record 14.0 tackles per game...Only player to ever lead the nation in tackles more than once and first player to lead the ACC in tackles three times...As a junior in 2011, earned Bronko Nagurski Award as the nation’s top defensive player, Butkus Award as the nation’s most outstanding linebacker and Rotary Lombardi Award as the nation’s best lineman or linebacker...First-team All-American...ACC Defensive Player of the Year...First-team All-ACC selection...Led the nation with a conference record 191 tackles, averaging a Football Bowl Subdivision record 15.9 tackles per game...As a sophomore in 2010, named first-team All-American...First-team All-ACC choice...Ranked first in the nation with 183 tackles...First-team Freshman All-American in 2009...ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year...First-team All-ACC selection...Finished second in the nation with 158 tackles.

PERSONAL
Attended St. Xavier HS in Cincinnati, Ohio...Majored in marketing at Boston College...Last name is pronounced KEEK-lee.