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.

28 responses to “Luke Kuechly, party animal, had unique way to celebrate contract

  1. 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. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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?

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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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