Carolina Panthers' Luke Kuechly talks draft, Super Bowl and finishing college

One-on-one with Luke Kuechly

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Carolina Panthers' linebacker Luke Kuechly never leaves unfinished business on the football field, but that wasn't the case at Boston College.

Kuechly enjoyed his offseason visiting family, but he had one very important task to complete - college.

"I wrote my last paper last week and as I long as I pass the class I should be graduated barring any setbacks," Kuechly said during a sit-down interview. When asked what his paper was on, his response, "It was on strategy and policy - so it was Walt Disney World."

The main reason Luke wants to finish college is for his mother. So how excited is mom that he's almost finished?

"I got to get the paper first and once I get that she'll be happy," he joked.

When it comes to doing something special for mom on Mother's Day, other than getting his diploma, Luke has plenty of help.

"My younger brother, my dad, and my older brother are on a group thread and we're brainstorming right now on what the plan is going to be," he said.

What is Luke like when the helmet comes off?

"I like to fish, hunt, go hiking." Kuechly said. If he wasn't playing football, he says he'd likely be playing lacrosse.

He doesn't take any good luck charms into game day with him and no pre-game rituals, just depends on his routines.

Football is clearly Kuechly's life. It's the thing that lights him up the most during interviews.

The NFL Draft  just wrapped up and the Panthers selected linebacker Shaq Thompson, from Washington, in first round. Kuechly says he was happy with the pick.

"I met Shaq the other day. He seems like a good dude. I went and watched some highlights. It looks like he moves well," he said. "I think he's going to be a good fit for us."

Kuechly also likes another Panthers pick, wide receiver Devin Funchess, from Michigan.

"I watched him a little bit this year on TV and I think he's going to be a good player for us," he said. "Another big, tall guy that can run. He looked very smooth and that was kinda cool to see."

If he had to chose between winning a Super Bowl or being inducted to the Hall of Fame, there is no hesitation in his answer.  The Super Bowl.

"That's the biggest thing. It's the team thing. That's the most important thing for me," he said. "All of the individual accolades are great, but I think winning the Super Bowl would be the culmination of everything."

"You always think about [it], you watch the Super Bowl," he said. "Sometimes I get sick of watching it, because I want to be playing in the game. Hopefully this year we can get to that stage and make something happen."

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