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Luke Kuechly, party animal, had unique way to celebrate contract

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Man, that Luke Kuechly knows how to party.

The Panthers middle linebacker, who signed a five-year, $62 million contract yesterday, had to hurry through his press conference, because he had big plans — watching Jaguars film.

“I haven’t been able to watch as much (film) today as I normally do,” Kuechly said, via Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer. “But luckily I’ve got some time left that I can grab something to eat, go sit in there and see what’s going on with Jacksonville.”

That might be Kuechly in a nutshell, a little bit square but committed to the game. And for his teammates, his value is clear.

“He deserves every cent of it, if not more,” teammate Thomas Davis said. “To me he deserves to be the highest-paid defensive player in the NFL for what he’s capable of doing and what he has done. . . .

“It’s like one of those things where you look at what Tom Brady does for the Patriots. That’s Luke to us. That’s how I view him.”

Of course, Kuechly doesn’t live in a world of lingerie models or disposable cell phones, and said the deal makes tangible his lifelong dream of simply playing in the league.

“I think when you’re a kid you don’t think about money or dollar signs. You think about when you wake up on Sunday mornings, it’s NFL,” Kuechly said.

That’s what you’d expect to hear from a guy who celebrates the biggest middle linebacker contract in league history by breaking down Blake Bortles tape.

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28 Responses to “Luke Kuechly, party animal, had unique way to celebrate contract”
  1. abninf says: Sep 11, 2015 9:32 AM

    Props to these 20-something players who sign a contract ensuring they’re multi millionaires for the rest of their lives (if they’re smart) and still be able to concentrate on work. I’m not sure I could. I’d be at the Lamborghini dealership.

  2. chrisco4bucs says: Sep 11, 2015 9:37 AM

    Lavonte David is better

  3. breesynbigeasy says: Sep 11, 2015 9:38 AM

    Dude is a monster. Much respect.

    From a Saints fan.

  4. bassplucker says: Sep 11, 2015 9:39 AM

    Love this kid. He’s a throwback in every good sense of the word. A lot more players like him and maybe the league wouldn’t be quite the mess it is right now.

  5. chalkruz1989 says: Sep 11, 2015 9:42 AM

    Kid has an engine that doesn’t stop – he’s a pleasure to watch on Sundays.

  6. Eli Pacheco says: Sep 11, 2015 9:56 AM

    This dude is good for our city, too, not just the team. He plays with the intensity of a hall of famer and lives with the humility of someone on the practice squad.

  7. rayslover727 says: Sep 11, 2015 10:02 AM

    Listen to Charles Haley, rookies.

  8. True Talker says: Sep 11, 2015 10:02 AM

    Lavonte David wouldnt even start for the Panthers.

  9. In Teddy We Trust says: Sep 11, 2015 10:05 AM

    He got the $62 million by watching film and now he’s going to earn the $62 million by watching film. You don’t stop doing your job when you get paid.

  10. sowhatbrady6 says: Sep 11, 2015 10:07 AM

    2 things:

    1- TB12 is not the highest paid player at his position
    2- TB12 has played in 6 SB.

    So i fail to see how he is their TB12

  11. ndjon says: Sep 11, 2015 10:08 AM

    Not many role models for young players in the NFL, I suspect Kuechley truly is one…

  12. rootpain says: Sep 11, 2015 10:25 AM

    Good for you Like. You deserve it. Just wish you were playing for the Patriots.

  13. orangehigh says: Sep 11, 2015 10:32 AM

    2 things:

    1- TB12 is not the highest paid player at his position
    2- TB12 has played in 6 SB.

    So i fail to see how he is their TB12


    Leave it to a Patriots fan to say something stupid.

  14. wallabear says: Sep 11, 2015 10:37 AM

    Underpaid. Shame on you, Cam-rolina Panthers.

  15. irishdodger says: Sep 11, 2015 10:41 AM

    Kid was a stud in college and continues to excel in the NFL.

  16. whodat5150 says: Sep 11, 2015 10:42 AM

    Regardless of how much money you’ve made or will make, GREAT players (Jerry Rice, Wayne Gretzky, Michael Jordan, et al) never forget what put them in that position. We all saw what happened to Mike Tyson when he hooked up with Don King and forgot what made him the champ. Mad props and respect to Luke Kuechly for this deserved and hard EARNED payday.

  17. granadafan says: Sep 11, 2015 11:07 AM

    sowhatbrady6 says:
    Sep 11, 2015 10:07 AM
    2 things:

    1- TB12 is not the highest paid player at his position
    2- TB12 has played in 6 SB.

    So i fail to see how he is their TB12

    All you had to say was “i fail to see”. It’s no wonder Pats fans were so gullible and easily duped by the Pats organization and their outright lies.

  18. lifelongwhodat says: Sep 11, 2015 11:13 AM

    As a Saints fan since the Bum Phillips days, I hate that Carolina is signing this guy to a long-term deal while we gave our money to a loser like Junior Galette. Well deserved, the guy is nothing short of great.

  19. really2011 says: Sep 11, 2015 11:22 AM

    This guy is the real deal on and off the field. As a NOLA native living in Carolina, it’s easy to root for this guy and the Panthers (when they aren’t playing the Saints that is).

    Well deserved from Who Dat Nation! Can the Saints borrow a scout or two – we haven’t had the greatest success with drafting defensive players?

  20. mandings36 says: Sep 11, 2015 11:29 AM

    he is an animal, period

    how can you not root for this guy?

  21. jjg614 says: Sep 11, 2015 11:34 AM

    Luke doesn’t want to play with or for CHEATERS, so all the cheatriot fans can go to hell!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. jjg614 says: Sep 11, 2015 11:35 AM

    Nobody likes or respects the patriots so deal with it.

  23. xxsweepthelegxx says: Sep 11, 2015 12:02 PM

    all fans of one team are not the same. I am a pats fan, and what Thomas davis was saying is clear to me.

    Both Luke and Tom are leaders and put s ton of work in the film room where most good players fail to reach great. All NFL players are physical freaks but not all can breakdown film and teach/lead. Luke and Tom can, that’s what makes them special.

    Congrats Luke, well deserved

  24. junkmtb says: Sep 11, 2015 12:20 PM

    Great job Luke! Well deserved and I willing to bet even though he studied more tape, dude celebrated a bit as well!

  25. rcosborne59 says: Sep 11, 2015 12:43 PM

    This kid is just a football players. He dominated in college and now he’s dominating the pros. The Panthers have a great on in him.

  26. lastnameiswilson says: Sep 11, 2015 12:43 PM

    Props Luke.

  27. 2since96 says: Sep 11, 2015 12:54 PM

    This just in. There was a malfunction in the pen, and he was unable to sign his contract. League sources said that they control the pens, but video of the event shows a patriot employee entering the bathroom with the Pen for 2 minutes before bringing the pen to the table. NFL has hired Ted Wells to investigate.

  28. steelerben says: Sep 11, 2015 1:39 PM

    I still find it difficult to believe that ANY inside linebacker is worth a $12 million a year contract. That being said, if there is one who is, he’d head into the film room to get ready for his upcoming game after signing it.

    Watch out for Shaq Thompson to come charging onto the scene, as well, seeing as how he has Kuechly and Thomas Davis as his role models/mentors.

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