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Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, Panthers’ Luke Kuechly go K to K in interview


What happens when a Hall of Fame college basketball coach whose last name begins with K interviews a future Hall of Fame NFL linebacker whose last name begins with the same letter?

Naturally, they ask about each other’s health.

At least that’s how it began and ended with Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski interviewing Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly on the coach’s Thursday SiriusXM radio show.

Krzyzewski opened the interview by asking Kuechly how he’s “feeling” after missing the final six games of the 2016 season, the first three of that while in the concussion protocol.

“I’m doing good now,” Kuechly said. “I got cleared a little bit during the season. They gave me the thumbs up, so I’ll be good to go next year.”

After telling Kuechly he’ll go down as one of the all-time great NFL linebackers, Krzyzewski asked Kuechly if he grew up playing linebacker.

Kuechly: (He begins by saying he played linebacker as a freshman at Xavier High in Cincinnati, tight end as a sophomore, linebacker as a junior and safety as a senior.)

“I was always kind of in the box area. I was always around the football. The last year I played safety, and that probably was the best spot ’cause I never got blocked and I could kind of just run around and get to the football without worrying about offensive linemen getting to me.

Krzyzewski: “Do you like tackling?”

Kuechly: “I always would rather hit somebody rather than get hit. That’s why when I played tight end I didn’t like it because you don’t always know where guys are coming from. But as a linebacker I felt like I always knew where guys were coming to hit me, because they’re always running right in front of me. So that was a little bit of comfort for me, knowing I knew where guys were.”

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