Sunday saw the Kansas City Chiefs win Super Bowl LIV, with the franchise securing its second championship thanks to a fourth quarter comeback. The headlines today will center around the MVP Patrick Mahomes coming up clutch and Andy Reid finally breaking through, but make no mistake, the one biggest storyline from this game as Northwestern roots.
You heard me right: Mike Kafka is a Super Bowl Champion.
Kafka, a former ‘Cats quarterback who notched 19 touchdowns and 4000+ yards in Evanston, is the Chiefs quarterbacks coach, and he did the Wildcat faithful proud on Sunday. Kafka is the coach of Mahomes, and the quarterback has credited Kafka in the past for the former NFL quarterback joined the Kansas City staff in 2018.
The Chicago native wasn’t the only NU alum to achieve the highest honor in football yesterday. Dave Girardi, a former graduate assistant for Northwestern, is an offensive quality control coach for the Chiefs.
Hopefully, the next step for Northwestern is getting another player on the field a title, but for now, these accomplishments shouldn’t be overlooked. Kafka went from NU quarterback to Super Bowl Champion in a little over a decade, and it’s pretty awesome to see one of the best signal-callers to ever wear the purple at least somewhat responsible for the play of one of the most exciting talents the position has ever seen.