Luke Kuechly is an American football player born on April 20, 1991, in Cincinnati, Ohio, as Luke August Kuechly. He got into the National Football League (NFL) after the Carolina Panthers selected him in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Before then, he played college football for the at Boston College and there, he was recognized as a consensus All-American twice.
Kuechly was named Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2012 and upped his game the following season, earning the award of Defensive Player of the Year. During the 2015 season, he was the only defensive player to rank among the NFL’s top 10 jerseys sold.
After his rookie season in the NFL, the star player went back to Boston College to finish up his degree program. He finally completed his degree requirements in 2015 and bagged a degree in marketing from the Boston College Carroll School of Management.
The player got his athletic gene from his parents, Tom and Eileen Kuechly who were both athletes in their hay days. While his father played soccer in high school and college, his mother played high school basketball and volleyball but played less after getting into the University of Cincinnati. Naturally, the young man grew up being involved in sports as he had been influenced by his parents who also guided him.
He was a student at St. Xavier High School, in the Finneytown area of Cincinnati, where he played football as a linebacker and safety. He was twice selected to All-Greater Catholic League, earning first-team honors in 2008. By the time he finished from high school, Luke was rated a three-star recruit and was number 44 on the list of outside linebacker prospect in the 2009 class.
From the time he got into the NFL, Luke Kuechly has been one of the most formidable forces among defenders in the league. He has excelled especially when he drops back into coverage and also as a pass rusher and run defender. As a result of his athletic playing style, uncanny vision and his instincts for the ball, the player has remained a top impact player since he began his professional career and has also been compared to Brian Urlacher, the Profesional Football Hall of Fame player.
The linebacker has an estimated net worth of $24 million. In his over seven seasons of playing, Luke made a career earning of $53.34 million which ranks 151st among active NFL players entering 2018.
His 2017 earning of $12.76 million ranked first among inside linebackers and 38th overall in the NFL. In 2016, he signed a 5 year, $61,801,565 contract with the Carolina Panthers, including a $19 million signing bonus, $34,363,324 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $12,360,313. With his pay of $27.1 million in 2016, he took the 44th spot on Forbes list of highest-paid athletes.
In 2018, Luke Kuechly will earn a base salary of $790,000 while carrying a cap hit of $7,992,514 and a dead cap value of $19,300,060.
Relationship – Married, Wife, Girlfriend
Luke Kuechly is married to Shanon Reilly. They started dating in 2012, the same year he kicked off his professional career. Shanon comes from a family of football lovers, little wonder she got married to a football player. The second of six children, she has three sisters (Maddy, Shauna, and Marion) and two brothers (Tommy and Matt Reilly).
Shannon and Luke seem to be a tailor-made for each other as they share a number of things in common, including coming from Catholic families. Like Kuechly, Shanon attended a prestigious all-girls Catholic high school, Saint Ursula Academy, Cincinnati, from where she graduated in 2010. They are also both athletic. While Luke is a footballer, his wife started playing lacrosse when she was in 6th grade and even served as the team’s assistant captain. She also played club field hockey in high school.
Upon graduation from high school, the beautiful lady enrolled into the University of Cincinnati and in 2014, she earned a Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Minor of Chemistry, Biology/Biological Sciences, General. Meanwhile, alongside her college education, Shanon in 2012, started a program at the Danish Institute for Studying Abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark where she studied medical practice and policy.
Interested in pursuing a career in medicine, she got into Gardner-Webb University in 2015 and graduated in 2017 with a Masters in Physician assistant studies and began working as a physician assistant at OrthoCarolina.
Apart from the medical field, Shanon is also passionate about writing and has a blog where she talks about herself.
What is Luke Kuechly’s Height, Weight?
In case you have been guessing Luke Kuechly’s height and weight, guess no more! Here are the facts:
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 238 lb (108 kg)