New Carolina Panthers linebacker Tahir Whitehead has potentially big shoes to fill in the the wake of Luke Kuechly's sudden retirement last January.

Since coming to the Panthers, Whitehead — who wore No. 59 on his uniform with the Detroit Lions and the then-Oakland Raiders — has switched to No. 52. Besides that subtle change to what could end up being a future jersey retired by the organization, Whitehead opened up to filling in for Kuechly and why he's not the same player as the revered recently retired linebacker.

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