Before the Carolina Panthers selected Luke Kuechly with the ninth overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, he was one of the best linebackers in the NCAA while playing for the Boston College Eagles. He will now have the honor of having his jersey retired by Boston College on October 22nd when they take on the Syracuse Orange, according to their website. The college also announced that they would be retiring Matt Ryan's jersey this season on November 19th.
"On behalf of Boston College and Eagles fans everywhere, I would like to congratulate Luke and Matt on this well-deserved honor," Director of Athletics Brad Bates said. "Matt and Luke represent the very best of intercollegiate athletics and personify the Jesuit principle of 'men and women for others.' Both enjoyed brilliant collegiate careers and have gone on to enjoy success in the NFL. Beyond the gridiron you would be hard-pressed to find two gentlemen who conduct themselves with more integrity, discipline, generosity and kindness. They make all of us very proud."
During his three seasons at Boston College, Kuechly was named to the first-team All-American team his last two seasons and won numerous awards including the ACC Defensive Player of the Year award in 2011. As the article notes Kuechly "led the nation for two consecutive seasons in total tackles, tackles per game, solo tackles and solo tackles per game." He also set the school record in tackles with 532 career tackles.
The accomplishments and achievements have not slowed for Kuechly since joining the Panthers. He won NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2012 and then NFL Defensive Player of the Year award the next year. He has been named to the Pro Bowl and the First-team All-Pro the past three seasons and has surpassed 100 tackles every year he has been in the league.
He was rewarded for his play last offseason with a five-year, $61,801,565 contract extension which included the highest guarantee among inside linebackers at $34,363,324, according to Spotrac.
"It's a tremendous honor to have my jersey retired," Kuechly said. "It is very important to me because of the love I have for Boston College and the memories I created not only on the field but throughout all of campus. It's an honor to have my name in Alumni Stadium along with Doug Flutie, Mike Ruth and the other great players who have been recognized. I truly enjoyed my time at Boston College and would definitely choose BC if I had to do it again."