San Francisco 49ers star Christian McCaffrey admitted he wasn’t aware of the significance of his father’s Super Bowl win in 1999.
McCaffrey Jr. has the chance to join his dad Ed as a Super Bowl champion when his San Francisco 49ers face the Kansas City Chiefs in the NFL’s showdown in Las Vegas on Sunday.
Ed McCaffrey is a three-time Super Bowl winner, winning once with the 49ers and twice with the Denver Broncos, including Super Bowl XXXIII when Christian was just two.
Ahead of the running back’s shot at glory, a photo remerged of a young Christian toddling around the confetti-filled field following his dad and the Broncos’ victory in 1999.
When asked about the photo during buildup to the Super Bowl this week, the MVP contender admitted he hadn’t yet grasped the significance of the event at that age.
Christian McCaffrey opened up on a photo of him at his father’s Super Bowl win in 1999
A two-year-old McCaffrey was captured running on the field after his dad, Ed, won
Christian (R) is pictured with wide receiver Ed and his older brother Max after a game in 2002
‘I don’t think I really knew what was going on,’ he admitted to reporters in Sin City on Wednesday.
‘That was me and my older brother Max just probably filled with joy, excited that we had an open field to play on.’
If Christian can win it with the 49ers, they will be just the second father and son in NFL history to win a Super Bowl with the same franchise.
And they would be joined by a third in Niners head coach Kyle Shanahan and his dad Mike, who also won as a head coach for San Francisco alongside Ed McCaffrey.
Shanahan´s dad, Mike, lost two Super Bowls as an offensive coordinator with Denver before going to San Francisco and winning one in 1995. He then won two more as the head coach of the Broncos.
‘I remember seeing my dad after those Super Bowls when he was a coordinator in Denver when I was younger and how hard it was on him,’ Shanahan said. ‘So I think anytime you get that close and you lose the last one, that´s definitely the hardest.’