RICHMOND- Owen Fitzgerald is like any Kansas City Chiefs fan who has suffered through many miserable losing seasons including 2012’s 2-14 campaign.
Following Kansas City’s 31-20 win over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV, the Chiefs reclaim the world championship for the first time since 1969, 50 years later.
Fitzgerald? He’s happy to win this ring, especially for his father after this run to a world championship.
“Well I’m only 26 but my dad has been a fan his entirely life so he’s waited this whole time. This team’s had a roller coaster last 20 years, especially in the playoffs”, Fitzgerald said. “There was so much uncertainty about postseason performance. This team erased those doubts.”
Doubt was in the mind of many fans as to whether the Chiefs could replicate their playoff magic from two straight games in which they found themselves trailing by double digits. The Texans? Took them down. The Titans? Took them down. And now the 49ers.
“To be honest, after this run we’ve been on, being down 10 means nothing to me” an emotional Fitzgerald said. “I’m so confident in our offense to go out and score and score in bunches”.
San Francisco’s 10 point lead seemed that it would hold until the final whistle. 49ers fan Jackson Krug, while upset about the loss, feels that the team will make a return next season and can be a force in the future.
“Pride is a hard thing to consider at this point in time given the loss” Krug said. “Regardless – for this team to have improved as much as they did this season is very impressive and I look forward to seeing how this team changes in the next few years”.
The Chiefs defense played a major role in this turnaround story considering where it all began. Following a disappointing loss in the AFC Championship to the New England Patriots, the Chiefs spent the offseason attempting to revitalize the team.
The major fix? Defense. Firing Bob Sutton and bringing in Steve Spagnuolo brought a culture change in the attitude and acquisitions such as DE Frank Clark and S Tyrann Matthieu added the edge that reminisced of Willie Lanier, Emmitt Thomas, Bobby Bell etc.
While S Eric Berry and DE Justin Houston were not part of this team, there is no doubt in many fan’s minds that they will hopefully receive a Super Bowl ring for their long contributions to the team.
QB Patrick Mahommes proved to be an unquestioned leader and now has a Super Bowl MVP to his name by becoming the youngest QB to win both NFL MVP and Super Bowl MVP. Fitzgerald had nothing but praise following the dropping of the red confetti.
“I mean how do you put a value on this guy. He’s become the heart and soul of this young team — a leader well beyond his years. I hope we back up the truck and pay him whatever he wants”.
Chiefs fans will certainly take this victory in high fashion as they look forward to the parade. Fitzgerald may not attend, but his presence in Chiefs kingdom is on a place of high authority.
The 49ers may have fallen short this year, but the team is young and there is a feeling that they will be back. In the meantime, the Lombardi resides in the big red kingdom.
Congratulations to the Kansas City Chiefs as the Super Bowl 54 Champions!!