Carolina Panthers linebacker says faith impacts his outlook on life

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February 2, 2016

Carolina Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly returns an interception for a touchdown Jan. 17 against the Seattle Seahawks in the first quarter of the NFC Divisional round playoff game in Charlotte, N.C. Kuechly, who will be the starting linebacker when the Panthers play the Denver Broncos in the Feb. 7 Super Bowl, credits his parents and his Catholic faith for making a positive impact on his NFL career and his outlook on life. (CNS photo/Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports via Reuters) See SUPERBOWL-LINEBACKER-FAITH Feb. 2, 2016.

Carolina Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly returns an interception for a touchdown Jan. 17 against the Seattle Seahawks in the first quarter of the NFC Divisional round playoff game in Charlotte, N.C. Kuechly, who will be the starting linebacker when the Panthers play the Denver Broncos in the Feb. 7 Super Bowl, credits his parents and his Catholic faith for making a positive impact on his NFL career and his outlook on life. (CNS photo/Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports via Reuters)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (CNS) — Middle linebacker Luke Kuechly of the Carolina Panthers, the team going up against the Denver Broncos in the Feb. 7 Super Bowl, credits his parents and his Catholic faith for making a positive impact on his NFL career and his outlook on life.

“I went to a Catholic grade school, Jesuit high school and a Jesuit college, and I think you just learn certain things growing up in that environment. Really, the biggest thing I learned from it is respect and to treat people correctly,” he said after a Jan. 28 practice.

“Your background has something to do with it, but my parents I think were the biggest impact on that, as far as to be a good person. You know, it’s not that hard, as long as you’re nice to people, everything works out,” he told the Catholic News Herald, newspaper of the Diocese of Charlotte. “Treat people how you want to be treated. It’s pretty straightforward stuff, and I think it makes things easier.”

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