Kyle Love Biography
Claim to Fame: NFL, defensive lineman for the Jacksonville Jaguars
DOB: November 18, 1986
Diabetes Type: 2
Kyle Love, a perseverant NFL defensive lineman, was born on November 18, 1986 in South Korea, where his father was stationed as an officer in the U.S. Army. His football career began in College Park, Georgia, where he was a four-year starter at North Clayton High School. During his time there, he was named Offensive Linemen of the Year in 2003 and Defensive Linemen of the Year in 2004.
After graduating high school, Kyle attended Mississippi State University, playing seven games as a freshman in 2006 and finishing the season with seven tackles. Following this, he played nine games during his sophomore year and 12 during his junior year, finishing them with 17 and 14 tackles respectively. In his final college season, Kyle started 12 games, in which he recorded a career-high of 19 tackles.
After going undrafted in the 2010 NFL Draft, Love was signed to the New England Patriots and made his debut early in the season against the New York Jets. He would go on to play eight more games in his rookie season, recording seven tackles and one sack.
The 2011 season showed Love becoming a bigger part of the Patriots' defense, being active for all 16 games and finishing the season with 33 tackles and 3 sacks. It was also during this season that Love would make his Super Bowl debut as a defensive starter against the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI.
Following another successful season in 2012, which included an AFC Championship for the Patriots, Love was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in May of 2013. Despite being waived by the Patriots soon after, he was picked up by the Jacksonville Jaguars. When asked about his diagnosis, Love promised that diabetes will not affect his performance on the field. In a recent interview, he stated: "I'm a fighter…I was always told that I wouldn't be able to do something. School teacher telling me I would never be anything in life, different people telling me I wouldn't make it to the NFL and look where I am now. I don't really listen to all that. If anything, it just drives me to go even harder and work even harder."
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