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ESPN anchor Matt Barrie talks to former Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly on "SportsCenter" Monday.
ESPN anchor Matt Barrie talks to former Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly on "SportsCenter" Monday.

Former St. Xavier High School Bombers standout Luke Kuechly, a star linebacker for the Carolina Panthers from 2012 to 2019, appeared on ESPN throughout the day Monday to chat about the National Football League, at one point providing a ranking of five toughest players to tackle that included former NFL running back Marshawn Lynch followed by current RBs Alvin Kamara, Derrick Henry, Jonathan Taylor and Nick Chubb.

Social media reactions to Kuechly's ESPN appearances Monday:

Kuechly, 31, was a 2021 St. Xavier Athletic Hall of Fame inductee.

In 2021, Kuechly resigned from his job as a pro scout for the Panthers. When he accepted the position in June 2020, his role was expected to involve watching film, player evaluation and advance scouting.

The Panthers appear to have removed from circulation Kuechly's No. 59, which he wore throughout his eight seasons as a player for the team before announcing his retirement in Jan. 2020.

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