BOSTON (AP) Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly left Boston College as the school's most decorated player. But it wasn't until he came back to campus after his rookie pro season that he picked up the honor his parents wanted most.
Kuechly spent his first semester after winning the NFL's defensive rookie of the year award back in school, living in a dorm with his friends, taking five classes toward his degree. He finished his academic requirements online over the next two offseasons and graduated in 2015.
Asked on Friday what motivated him to get the degree, he said with a smile, "Because my mom told me to do it."