Byron Pringle 49ers Chiefs Super Bowl Football

San Francisco’s Richie James Jr. (13) recovers the ball in front of Kansas City’s Byron Pringle (13) during the first half of Super Bowl 54 in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Sunday. Pringle had three tackles, all on special teams, in the Chiefs’ 31-20 victory. Pringle also had a key block on the game’s final score. He was one of three former Wildcats to play in the game and excel on special teams, joining Elijah Lee and D.J. Reed on the 49ers.

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.

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