CHARLOTTE, NC (Carolina Panthers Release) - Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly and offensive lineman Trai Turner have been selected for the 2019 Pro Bowl.
Kuechly earns his sixth overall Pro Bowl selection, the most Pro Bowls by any Panthers player in franchise history. All of Kuechly selections have come in the last six consecutive seasons. Kuechly passed Julius Peppers, Ryan Kalil, Steve Smith, Wesley Walls and Michael Bates who all have five career Pro Bowl appearances as Panthers.
According to press box statistics, Kuechly ranks second in the NFL, first in the NFC, in total tackles with 124 this season. He has recorded a career-best 19 tackles for loss which ties Charles Johnson’s franchise record for most tackles for loss in a season. Kuechly ranks third in the NFL in tackles for loss, and has the most by any linebacker since 2014.
Kuechly has also recorded two forced fumbles and one interception this season, along with two sacks. Since he came into the league, Kuechly has more interceptions (17) and takeaways (24) than any other linebacker in the NFL. He has the most tackles over any players first seven seasons played (942) and ranks fourth in career tackles among all currently active players.
Turner earns his fourth consecutive Pro Bowl selection, the second-most total Pro Bowl selections by any lineman in franchise history, trailing only Ryan Kalil (5).
This season, Turner helped pave the way for the NFL’s third-best rushing offense as Carolina has averaged 134.6 yards on the ground. Turner and Carolina’s offensive line have established Carolina with the league’s best rushing average (5.32 yards per carry) and the Panthers are second in rushes over 10 yards (62).
Turner has helped lead running back Christian McCaffrey to one of the most productive seasons for a running back in franchise history. McCaffrey ranks sixth in the NFL with 979 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns. McCaffrey just set the Panthers franchise record for most scrimmage yards in a single season.
Players for the game are determined by the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group’s vote counts one-third toward determining the 88 All-Star players who will be selected to the Pro Bowl. The NFL is the only sports league that combines voting by fans, coaches and players to determine its All-Star teams.