Super Bowl LIV ensured a Colorado Buffaloes alumnus would win a championship ring. In the end, Kansas City’s Eric Bieniemy beat out San Francisco’s Jon Embree and Ahkello Witherspoon to lift the Lomardi Trophy.
It’s a tremendous day for Eric Bieniemy, Colorado’s all-time rusher. His Kansas City offense was mostly shut down by San Francisco, but Patrick Mahomes led a comeback victory via big plays and shot yardage acumen. Bieniemy has been hoping for a head coaching role elsewhere in the NFL, but he has not received an offer despite being his success and reputation as an offensive coordinator. Many have suspected that the former Heisman runner-up has not received an offer because of implicit racial bias against him. After this Super Bowl, it’s clear he deserves a chance.
Ahkello Witherspoon, a star cornerback on CU from 2015 to 2016, was a starter throughout the 49ers’ dominant regular season. He struggled during the postseason, however, and was used as a reserve in this game. On the bright side, it was Richard Sherman who got burned during Kansas City’s comeback, so there’s no blaming Stretch for this loss.
Jon Embree made it to the Super Bowl as San Francisco’s tight ends coach. He has been an NFL tight ends coach since 2006, apart from his two season as head coach of Colorado in 2011 and 2012. The former Buffaloes tight end endowed his teaching onto George Kittle, who may be the 49ers’ most valubale player as well as the best tight end in the game. Credit obviously goes to Kittle for his breakout, but Embree deserves some recognition for crafting his all-around game.
The last Colorado alumnus to previously win the Super Bowl was Nate Solder, when the New England Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons in 2017.