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Kyle Love sees similarities between Panthers and Chiefs

Carolina’s Kyle Love had two stints with the Chiefs.
Carolina’s Kyle Love had two stints with the Chiefs. The Associated Press

Carolina defensive tackle Kyle Love has been a bit of a football nomad; during his six years in the league, he’s played for four teams — including the Chiefs, twice.

But Love, 29, has found a home in Carolina, and he says the Panthers’ sense of unity is similar to what he felt in Kansas City.

“When you have that, it means so much more,” Love said. “It’s definitely a difference, and when I was in Kansas City, I did feel the same vibe. Like, I can remember plenty of times where we were all at Dontari Poe’s house, hanging, barbecuing, all that good stuff. So they had that same formula.”

Love played for the Chiefs briefly in 2013, was signed again the next May and was released prior to the 2014 season. He still enjoyed his time in Kansas City, however, and noted that the atmosphere in the Chiefs’ and Panthers’ locker room is a little different than New England, where he played from 2010 to 2012.

“Togetherness, it’s a family here,” Love said of Carolina. “Everybody talks with each other, everybody hangs with each other, it’s just a camaraderie here. We didn’t have that in New England.”

Love added that he really enjoyed playing for Chiefs coach Andy Reid.

“I love coach Reid, man,” Love said. “No matter how my situation ended up, with me not being there, God had different plans for me, but I loved that team. I still keep in contact with those guys.”

Love recorded 19 tackles and three sacks in 15 games with the Panthers this year, including two starts.