Former Leatherneck wins Super Bowl

Devon Greene, editor-in-chief

The Western Illinois University football program has added another alumni to the list of Super Bowl champions.

Former Leatherneck, Khalen Saunders has become the eighth Leatherneck to win a Super Bowl. Saunders joins a prestigious list of Super Bowl champions that includes former Patriots Bryan Cox and Rodney Harrison, former Green Bay Packers Frank Winters and Don Beebe, former Denver Bronco Cyron Brown, former New York Giant Rich Seubert, former Pittsburgh Steeler Mike Wagner and former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Aaron Stecker. According to Athletics, Western Illinois has won 18 Super Bowls between former coaches and alumni.

After the Chiefs’ victory over the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Championship game, Saunders immediately set his sights on the task ahead, winning the Super Bowl.

“Loved meeting Hunt’s trophy, but I’m trying to see that Lombardi now. Super Bowl bound,” Saunders said on his social media. “Woke up feeling like I still got something to prove. We ain’t done.”

The Kansas City Chiefs had a tall task ahead of them with the San Francisco 49ers ahead of them in Super Bowl 53 in Miami. It was a tumultuous game that saw the Chiefs trailing for the majority of the game before pulling off an improbable comeback to win 31-20. The win was the first Super Bowl victory for the Chiefs since 1970 when they defeated the Minnesota Vikings 23-7 in Louisiana. Saunders recorded one tackle in the game.

“No matter what else happens in life… I’m going to die a champion,” Saunders tweeted along with two photos of him holding the Lombardi trophy on Twitter.

Saunders sent another tweet on Monday expressing his thanks.

“Just a kid from St Louis city… no excuse me, just a champion from St. Louis city,” Saunders said. “God thank you for your grace and blessings. And Bingo, thank you for guiding my steps.”