Kyle Love

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Kyle Love
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Love in the 2011 NFL season.
No. 61 Carolina Panthers
Position: Nose Tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-11-18) November 18, 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth: South Korea
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 315 lb (143 kg)
Career information
College: Mississippi State
Undrafted: 2010
Career history
*Offseason, preseason, or practice squad only
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 4, 2014
Tackles: 69
Sacks: 5.5
Interceptions: 0
Forced fumbles: 0
Pass deflections: 1
Stats at

Kyle William Love (born November 18, 1986) is an American football nose tackle for the Carolina Panthers. He was signed by the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 2010. He played college football at Mississippi State University. He has also had played for the Jacksonville Jaguars and Kansas City Chiefs.

Early years[edit]

Love was born in South Korea, where his father was stationed as an officer in the United States Army. He attended North Clayton High School in College Park, Georgia, where he was a four-year starter on the school's football team. He was honored as the team's Offensive Lineman of the Year in 2003, and as Defensive Lineman of the Year in 2004.

College career[edit]

Following high school, Love attended Mississippi State University, where he played in seven games as a reserve defensive lineman as a true freshman in 2006, finishing the season with seven tackles. In 2007, Love started 9 of 13 games at defensive tackle, recording 17 tackles, 3.5 tackles for a loss, and a fumble recovery. As a junior in 2008, Love made two starts along the defensive line, appearing in 12 games overall and finishing with 14 tackles and two sacks. Love started 12 games as a senior in 2009, recording a career-high 19 tackles.

Professional career[edit]

New England Patriots[edit]

2010 season[edit]

After going undrafted in the 2010 NFL Draft, Love signed with the New England Patriots. He became one of two undrafted rookies to make the Patriots' 2010, opening day roster (the other was linebacker Dane Fletcher), and made his NFL debut as a reserve in Week 2 against the New York Jets. He was then inactive until Week 10, when he filled in for an injured Myron Pryor as a defensive line reserve. Love made his first career start in the Patriots' season finale against the Miami Dolphins. He finished his rookie season with seven tackles and one sack in nine games played.

2011 season[edit]

Love took a bigger role in the Patriots' defense in 2011, as he was active for all 16 games. In the Patriots' 3–4 defense, they often used Love at nose tackle, moving Vince Wilfork to defensive end. He started 13 regular-season games, becoming a regular season in the Patriots' Week 4 game against the Oakland Raiders. Love finished the season with 33 tackles and three sacks; in the Patriots' 45–10 playoff rout of the Denver Broncos, Love recorded his first pass defended. Love played for the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI in a losing effort New York Giants, 21–17.

2012 season[edit]

Love played all 16 games combining with Vince Wilfork as a double defensive tackle combo. Love had 25 tackles and 1.5 sacks during the 2012 season. The Patriots would go on to the AFC Championship for the second straight year but lost to the Baltimore Ravens, 28–13. The Patriots waived Love on May 15, 2013.

1st stint with the Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

Love was claimed off waivers by the Jacksonville Jaguars on May 16, 2013.[1] He was released on September 1, 2013.

1st stint with the Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Love signed with the Chiefs on November 19, 2013.[2] Love was released by the Chiefs on December 3, 2013.[3]

2nd stint with the Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

Love was signed once again by the Jacksonville Jaguars on December 23, 2013.

2nd stint with the Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Love signed with the Chiefs on May 19, 2014. He released during the final cuts of the 2014 preseason.

Carolina Panthers[edit]

Love signed with the Carolina Panthers on December 15, 2014.[4]


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