For the last three decades, special teams excellence has been a hallmark of Kansas State’s football program.
Former Wildcats showcased that during Super Bowl 54 between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers.
Byron Pringle, now a receiver for the Chiefs, notched three tackles on special teams, including one on the opening drive after San Francisco forced a punt. He had a takedown on the first play of the first quarter and recorded the final kick-return tackle of the contest, which came just moments after Kansas City quarterback Pat Mahomes connected with Damian Williams’ on the game’s go-ahead touchdown. Pringle also had a key block on the Chiefs’ final touchdown, doing his job on the perimeter to help Williams rumble 38 yards for a score with only 1:20 remaining and seal the 31-20 victory.
San Francisco linebacker Elijah Lee, a former Wildcat, had two tackles, both coming on kick returns.
Niners defensive back D.J. Reed, who played the same position at K-State, had a tackle on the opening kickoff, marking his only contributions in the final box score.