Carolina Panthers' Luke Kuechly helps fan after fall from stands

By Alex Butler  |  Jan. 25, 2016 at 5:24 PM
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CHARLOTTE, N.C., Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Luke Kuechly excitedly slapped the hands of admirers following his touchdown in the NFC Championship before slamming on the brakes to aid a fan in need.

The Carolina Panthers linebacker had scored on a fourth-quarter, 22-yard interception off of Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer before beginning his celebration.

As he ran behind the end zone and field goal area, giving handshakes and high-fives to fans, one stumbled from the bleachers and over the retaining wall, landing harshly on the field.

Kuechly quickly stopped the celebration and rushed to the fan. The fan returned to his feet as Kuechly escorted him back toward the stands.

Kuechly, 24, also had three tackles in the 49-15 victory. The Boston College product was the 2012 defensive rookie of the year and 2013 defensive player of the year.

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