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In Charlotte, North Carolina, middle linebacker Luke Kuechly is revered as not only one of the best players in Panthers franchise history but also one of the best people ever to wear the black and blue.

Fans simply love him, chanting "Luuuuuuke" when he makes a big play.

On Thursday, teammate Cam Newton had a little fun with the franchise’s “golden boy,” joking that Kuechly and former Walter Payton Man of the Year Thomas Davis, whom he called “Mr. Mayor”, "aren’t as good as you think they are inside" when on the football field.

Newton talks plenty of trash with Davis already in practice, but teased that it may be time to start talking more trash to Kuechly.

When asked if Kuechly talks back, Newton replied with a hearty, “Luke? Does he talk? Let’s just say it’s not words adequate for a children’s book.”