We all know Luke Kuechly is one of the greatest Boston College Eagles of all time. But is he one of the very best linebackers in college football history?
The Football Writers Association of America certainly seems to think so, naming Kuechly as a Second Team 75-year Anniversary All-American in its listing of the greatest players of the modern era of college football.
The first-team linebackers were Tommy Nobis (Texas), Mike Singletary (Baylor) and Derrick Thomas (Alabama), while Kuechly's compatriots on the second team were just some guys named Brian Bosworth (Oklahoma) and Dick Butkus (Illinois). Not bad company.
This honor can be added to the list of hardware Kuechly has racked up in his distinguished career. He's a two-time consensus All-American, a Boston College all-time record-holder in tackles, and winner of the Nagurski Trophy, Butkus Award, Lombardi Award and Lott Trophy. He''s also been honored at the professional level as the AP's Defensive Rookie of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year in his first two season in the pros.
Witnessing Luke Kuechly's career up close was certainly one of the great privileges we've been afforded as BC fans. One can only imagine what kind of an impact he could have made if he was on one of the really strong BC teams of the mid-to-late 2000s, rather than the bad BC teams he toiled away for under Spaz. That said, he certainly made many of those games fun to watch all on his own.
Congrats to Luke on this well-deserved award, and for representing BC on the list of the greatest college football players ever.