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Former USC standout Ryan Kalil anchors Carolina line for Cam Newton

Former USC standout Ryan Kalil anchors Carolina line for Cam Newton

He is the center for the center of attention at the Super Bowl.

Ryan Kalil of the Carolina Panthers is responsible for getting the ball into quarterback Cam Newton's hands, and one of five offensive linemen responsible for keeping the NFL's probable most valuable player out of harm's way.

Kalil, 30, is a former USC standout in his ninth NFL season. He was chosen in the second round of the 2007 draft, and in 2011 signed a six-year, $49-million contract.

The bearded and loquacious Kalil has looked and sounded at ease throughout the buildup to Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos at Levi's Stadium.

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