The Kansas City Chiefs stormed back twice on Sunday night, finally defeating the San Francisco 49ers, 25-22, in overtime of Super Bowl LVIII.
With the win, former New York Giants defensive coordinator and interim head coach, Steve Spagnuolo, became the most decorated coordinator in the NFL’s long history.
Not only is Spagnuolo the first coordinator to win titles with multiple teams but after hoisting his fourth Lombardi Trophy, he broke a five-way tie with Richie Petibon, Charlie Weis, Romeo Crennel, and Josh McDaniels, who each won three.
“You end up in the positions as they come, right?” Spagnuolo said, via Giants.com before the Super Bowl. “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.”
Spagnuolo, of course, was the architect behind the Giants’ defensive gameplan that limited the then-perfect New England Patriots — the NFL’s highest-scoring team that season — to just 14 points in Super Bowl XLII.
After winning his fourth championship, it’s time for Spagnuolo to not only get a second chance as an NFL head coach but to begin being discussed as a potential Pro Football Hall of Famer.
Once a Giant, Always a Giant.