Luke Kuechly Talks Instincts, Early Retirement Trend and What Really Happens at the Bottom of the Pile

Wednesday September 14th, 2016

In this episode of The MMQB Podcast with Peter King, I sat down for a discussion with Kuechly about instinct. To me, that’s Kuechly’s defining trait. The linebacker is just so good at anticipating plays. We also discussed the cerebral aspect of football, his best play ever and his relationship with teammate Thomas Davis. When I asked him about a time he wasn't able to anticipate what was coming, a time when an opponent surprised him, he told an entertaining story about Andrew Luck.

And later in the show, a conversation with Rams head coach Jeff Fisher.


3:30: Kuechly on his high school football days at Cincinnati's St. Xavier.

5:00: Kuechly on the opportunity to play for Boston College.

5:30: Kuechly on watching Bengals games as a kid.

6:00: Kuechly his favorite linebackers to watch- Ray Lewis, Brian Urlacher, Derrick Brooks.

7:00:  Kuechly on Ray Lewis' speed.

7:45: Kuechly on playing off his instincts.

12:00: What high school linebackers need to know.

14:30: Kuechly on what kind of student he is when studying a game plan.

17:50: Kuechly talks about his hobby- learning and performing card tricks.

24:00: On the cerebral aspect of football.

25:25: The best play of Kuechly's life

29:30: On teamwork with Thomas Davis.

33:20: On an unexpected moment with Andrew Luck on the field.

35:05: What really happens at the bottom of piles?

37:00: On linebackers retiring early.

Subscribe to the show on iTunes.

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide—from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Andy Staples, Grant Wahl, and more—delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.