Former New York Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo is set to coach in his sixth Super Bowl this Sunday when the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers face off in Las Vegas.
Spagnuolo has already won three Super Bowl titles and is the only offensive or defensive coordinator in NFL history to win a ring with multiple teams.
Four other coordinators have won three Super Bowls — Richie Petibon, Charlie Weis, Romeo Crennel and Josh McDaniels. Two of those four (Weis and Crennel) have Super Bowl wins as Giants assistants.
Should Spagnuolo’s Chiefs win on Sunday, he would become the most decorated defensive or offensive coordinator in NFL history. But don’t try and tell him how great he is — Spagnuolo brushes that talk off.
“You end up in the positions as they come, right?” Spagnuolo said, via Giants.com. “You can’t control that sometimes. I’ll be honest with you, it’s great to have all that, but it’s always been about the relationships with the players. And I value that more than anything. When it’s all said and done, I hope my personal legacy is that I was able to share, educate, mentor, coach, teach guys along the way in this business.
“It’s always been about trying to influence, help, mentor, better somebody and something, and it happened to be football. So, I hope when it’s all said and done, it’ll be the relationships and I would’ve been able to at least help some guys along the way.”
Sure, you end up in the positions as they come, but those positions do not always indicate success. Success is something you earn, and you can’t be a successful coach without helping people along the way.
Spagnuolo has been one of those coaches, and a win on Sunday solidifies his legacy as one of the greatest coordinators of all time.