Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid grew up a football fan in Southern California. One of the earliest pieces of evidence of this was a younger Reid taking part in the punt, pass and kick competition during his adolescence.
Now looking to win a second consecutive Super Bowl, the legendary head coach has been a part of some great big games himself. That includes last year’s comeback win over the San Francisco 49ers.
Set to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV this coming Sunday, Reid talked to Sportsnaut’s Big Daddy & Friends about his greatest Super Bowl memories growing up.
Andy Reid discusses greatest Super Bowl memories
“This might sound corny, but I was a huge Chiefs fan because of Mike Garrett growing up. I was a big USC fan. I grew up right downtown in the Los Angeles area. Mike Garrett was like a hero. He played in the LA City League. So, it was great to watch the Chiefs early. I was also a huge Rams fan. So, when they eventually got to the Super Bowl, that was a great thrill. But to that point, I was always watching the Chiefs.”
As Reid said, this might sound corny. But he did grow up in Southern California where Garrett won the Heisman Trophy with USC in 1965. The current Chiefs head coach was just six-years old at the time. It actually makes perfect sense.
Garrett played parts of just five seasons for the Chiefs before he was traded to the then-San Diego Chargers. The running back led all ball-carriers with 39 yards on the ground in Kansas City’s 23-7 victory over the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV.
As for Reid’s hometown Rams, their first appearance in the Super Bowl came following the 1979 season. It resulted in a 31-9 blowout loss to the dynastic Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XIV. Reid was 21 years old at the time.
It’s great to hear those who are involved in football talk about their previous experiences with the game, especially individuals like Reid who have a respect and understanding for the game.
Andy Reid looks to continue ascension up the ranks of the all-time greats
As for Andy Reid, he’s among the most-accomplished head coaches in modern football history. After a 17-year career as an assistant in both the college ranks and the NFL, he got his chance to become a head coach with the Eagles back in 1999.
As they say, the rest is history. Reid led Philadelphia to the playoffs in all but three of his 14 seasons as the team’s head coach. He boasts a ridiculous 91-37 record as the Chiefs’ head coach and is now going for a second consecutive Super Bowl title.
What an amazing rise up the ranks for the cheeseburger man.