At Super Bowl LVIII, Christian McCaffrey, the star of the San Francisco 49ers, and his father are hoping to create NFL history. The 49ers will become the second father-son team to win a Super Bowl together if they defeat the Chiefs.
Ed, Christian’s father, played for three winning teams in the Super Bowl—the 49ers in 1994 and the Denver Broncos twice. The only other father-son team to accomplish this distinction is the New York Giants’ Zak and Steve DeOssie.
In the NFC Championship game, McCaffrey, who was named the NFL’s Offensive Player of the Year on Thursday night, was instrumental in the 49ers’ thrilling comeback victory over the Detroit Lions. The 27-year-old led his squad to an exhilarating 34-31 victory by covering 132 yards and scoring two touchdowns.
While Christian stars in the modern NFL, both he and his father Ed also shone at Stanford during their college years. Ed was a first-team All-American in 1990, while Christian earned the same honour twice in 2015 and 2016.
He was also a Heisman runner-up in 2015 and named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year.
This season, Christian made history by tying Lenny Moore’s NFL record for scoring a touchdown in 17 consecutive games. He also became the first 49ers player since the 1950s to win the NFL rushing title, with an impressive 1,459 yards.
Christian also matched Marshall Faulk’s record for the most career games with both a receiving and rushing touchdown.
He will be hoping to make a big impact in Las Vegas to ensure both his and his father’s names are remembered. The 49ers re chasing a first Super Bowl since 1994, when Ed was on the team that beat the San Diego Chargers in Miami.
The Chiefs will take on the 49ers in Super Bowl LVIII, a rematch of Super Bowl LIV where Patrick Mahomes led Kansas City to a thrilling 31-20 victory. The Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas will host the season finale for the first time ever, with the Chiefs aiming for a third Lombardo trophy in five years.