Texas Connection to the Super Bowl 2024
As many of you know the Super Bowl is this week, and it’s between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers. Even though the Super Bowl is in Las Vegas, we thought it would be fun to take a Texas spin on the Super Bowl by looking at players and people involved with the Super Bowl who have some connection to the Lone Star State.
Rashee Rice, a wide receiver for the Kansas City Chiefs, hails from North Texas, where he spent his formative years. His collegiate journey unfolded in his home state at SMU. Following an impressive senior year, he was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2023 NFL Draft. Since then, Rice has played a pivotal role in the Chiefs’ wide receiver corps, contributing significantly to the team’s journey to the Super Bowl. Notably, the upcoming Super Bowl marks his inaugural appearance in the prestigious event.
The first and probably the most famous Texas related player is Patrick Mahomes. As you may know he grew up in Tyler, TX and even played college football at Texas Tech University. Before the Super Bowl, a Lubbock artist created a mural of Mahomes. After being drafted for the Kansas Cities Chiefs he became one of the best quarterbacks in the league.After winning 2 Super Bowls, this Sunday he will play in his 4th and hopes to gain his 3rd ring.
Spencer Burford, a Guard for the San Francisco 49ers, proudly originates from San Antonio. Having honed his football skills at the University of Texas at San Antonio, he secured the distinction of being UTSA’s inaugural four-star recruit. In the 2022 NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers recognized his talent and drafted him. As Sunday approaches, Burford, like many others, anticipates his inaugural Super Bowl appearance.
San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan may not be a Texas native but he is very familiar with the lone star state, since he played as a wide receiver at the University of Texas at Austin. He played three years at Texas with future NFL players like Roy Williams, Cedric Benson just to name a few. His connection to Texas does not stop with UT. He also was the wide receiver and Quarterback coach for the Houston Texans from 2006-2008. This will be his second Super Bowl with San Francisco, previously going with the Falcons in 2016. He has not won a Super Bowl yet and looks to do so this Sunday.
Staying on the San Francisco 49ers team Trent Willams is an offensive tackle and was born and raised in Longview,Texas and played college at Oklahoma and was drafted 4th in the 2010 draft by the Washington Commanders and then joined the San Francisco 49ers in 2020. This Sunday will be his second Super Bowl.
Going back to the Kansas City Chiefs, BJ Thompson is a Defensive end and grew up in Arkansas but attended college in Texas, by going to Baylor. He then transfer to another Texas college, Stephen F. Austin. He was then drafted by the chiefs in the 5th round in 2023. He is a rookie and already going to his first Super Bowl this Sunday.
Whether you are going for the Chiefs or the 49ers or you’re just watching for Taylor Swift, the Texas connections run deep on both teams. The Super Bowl kicks off at 4:30 central time, and in the words of Taylor swift ” Baby, Let the games begin.”