Frankie Luvu
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Luvu with the New York Jets in 2019
No. 49 – Carolina Panthers
Position:Linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1996-09-19) September 19, 1996 (age 26)
Tafuna, American Samoa
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:236 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school:Tafuna
(Tafuna, American Samoa)
College:Washington State
Undrafted:2018
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of Week 9, 2021
Total tackles:79
Sacks:7.5
Forced fumbles:2
Fumble recoveries:1
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Frankie Luvu (born September 19, 1996) is an American football linebacker for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Washington State. Luvu was signed by the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent in 2018.

Professional career

New York Jets

Luvu was signed by the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent on May 4, 2018.[1] He was waived on September 1, 2018 and was signed to the practice squad the next day.[2][3] He was promoted to the active roster on September 8, 2018.[4]

On October 14, 2019, Luvu was waived by the Jets and re-signed to the practice squad.[5] He was promoted to the active roster on November 1, 2019.[6]

Luvu re-signed with the Jets on April 23, 2020.[7] He was placed on injured reserve on October 20, 2020 with a groin injury.[8] He was activated on November 21, 2020.[9]

Carolina Panthers

Luvu signed with the Carolina Panthers on March 23, 2021.[10] He entered the season as a backup linebacker and core special teamer. He played in 16 games with four starts, recording 43 tackles, 1.5 sacks, one forced fumble, three fumble recoveries and a blocked punt.

On February 17, 2022, Luvu signed a two-year contract extension with the Panthers.[11]

On October 2, 2022, Luvu recorded his first career interception and touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals.

Personal life

Frankie Luvu is of Fijian descent through his father and of Samoan descent through his mother.[12]

References

  1. ^ Greenberg, Ethan (May 4, 2018). "Jets Sign Seven Undrafted Free Agents". NewYorkJets.com. Retrieved September 15, 2018.
  2. ^ Lange, Randy (September 1, 2018). "Final Cutdown: Jets Reach 53-Player Active Roster". NewYorkJets.com. Retrieved September 15, 2018.
  3. ^ Greenberg, Ethan (September 2, 2018). "Jets Sign Four Players to Their Practice Squad". NewYorkJets.com. Retrieved September 15, 2018.
  4. ^ Allen, Eric (September 8, 2018). "Jets Promote OLB Luvu to Active Roster, Waive FB Thomas". NewYorkJets.com.
  5. ^ Greenberg, Ethan (October 14, 2019). "Jets TE Chris Herndon Returns to Roster". NewYorkJets.com.
  6. ^ Greenberg, Ethan (November 1, 2019). "Jets Sign LB Frankie Luvu, Place LB Blake Cashman on IR". NewYorkJets.com. Retrieved November 1, 2019.
  7. ^ Greenberg, Ethan (April 23, 2020). "Jets Sign 4 Exclusive Rights Free Agents". NewYorkJets.com. Retrieved April 23, 2020.
  8. ^ Greenberg, Ethan (October 20, 2020). "Jets Place OLB Frankie Luvu on IR". NewYorkJets.com.
  9. ^ Greenberg, Ethan (November 21, 2020). "Jets Activate OLB Frankie Luvu from Injured Reserve, Place CB Bless Austin on IR". NewYorkJets.com.
  10. ^ Gantt, Darin (March 23, 2021). "Panthers sign linebacker Frankie Luvu". Panthers.com. Retrieved March 23, 2021.
  11. ^ Gantt, Darin (February 17, 2022). "Panthers extend linebacker Frankie Luvu". Panthers.com.
  12. ^ "NFL Cougs: Erik Coleman loves what he's seeing from Frankie Luvu". 247sports. December 11, 2018. Retrieved December 11, 2018.