Luke Kuechly, Football's Next Defensive Star

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Luke Kuechly, Football's Next Defensive Star
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The first time I saw Luke Kuechly play was in September 2010. I was working in Boston at the time, and I'd been sent to cover Boston College's season opener against Weber State. That was notable enough, but that day also marked the return of All-American linebacker Mark Herzlich, who'd missed the entire 2009 season as he was treated for Ewing's sarcoma, a type of bone cancer. As he should've, Herzlich owned the moments before kickoff, including an unforgettable one as he led Boston College onto the field, but when the game actually began, it was another Eagles linebacker you couldn't take your eyes off of.

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