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May 11, 2015

Luke Kuechly wins Butkus Award a second time

Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly recently became a two-time winner of the Butkus Award, which honors the top linebacker in high school, college and the NFL each year.

Kuechly, a two-time Pro Bowler and the 2013 Defensive Player of the Year, became the fourth player to win the award at two levels.

Kuechly, the Butkus winner in 2011 following his junior season at Boston College, joins Von Miller, Patrick Willis and Manti Te'o (high school and college) as players who have won it on two tiers. DeMarcus Ware has won the NFL award twice.

Dick Butkus, the former Chicago Bears great, likes to surprise the recipient with the award in person. He brought Kuechly to Chicago during the NFL draft weekend under the guise of having Kuechly help with Butkus' charitable work, then presented the award to Kuechly during a live TV broadcast on a regional cable channel.

Butkus showed up at the Boston College banquet four years ago to give Kuechly the award when he won it the first time.

Kuechly led the NFL in tackles for the second time in three seasons with 153 stops in 2014. He added a career-high 12 pass breakups, with one interception.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on May 11, 2015 at 05:07 PM | Permalink


Best ever to suit up in a Panthers uniform. We should have this kid as our face of the team, not that braggart and egomaniac Cammie.

Posted by: TerryK | May 11, 2015 6:10:05 PM

Could be like LT if he keeps this up... Without the pass Rush of course but same caliber talent I think

Posted by: Jarrod | May 11, 2015 10:18:24 PM

Better than Shaq Thompson...that's for sure.

Posted by: Whitecomet77 | May 11, 2015 11:14:23 PM

NFC South 3-peat!

Posted by: Epictetus | May 12, 2015 3:20:13 AM

must be real fans here, bashing our QB and a draft pick that hasnt seen a NFL snap

Posted by: andrew | May 12, 2015 3:23:00 AM

The crazy thing is that he's still only 24 years old. Barring injury, knock on wood, he still has 7-8 years of his physical prime.

Posted by: Jerad | May 12, 2015 7:33:10 AM

Does the truth hurt Andrew? Ahhh, poor baby. Grab your self a tissue, because Cam is still AWFUL!

Posted by: Cam is awful | May 13, 2015 9:52:35 AM

LB Prediction: Adarius Glanton's play will move Shaq to safety.

Posted by: Epictetus | May 17, 2015 8:41:46 PM

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