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Deland McCullough’s story, “Identity,” won a Sports Emmy this past week at the 40th annual event.

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Last September, ESPN aired an episode of E:60 featuring current Kansas City Chiefs running backs coach Deland McCullough.

The Chiefs hired McCullough when Matt Nagy left the Chiefs for the Chicago Bears’ head coaching job, and then-running backs coach Eric Bieniemy was elevated to offensive coordinator.

The ESPN piece documents McCullough’s quest to find his biological parents—if you enjoy good stories, it is a must-watch. ESPN’s Sarah Spain also wrote a long-form article on McCullough’s story, titled, “Runs in the Family.”

This week, it was announced that ESPN received a Sports Emmy from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for the piece: “Outstanding Short Sports Documentary”

McCullough tweeted about the award announcement from his official account.

“Wow...super honored and blessed. Appreciate all involved!!!” he wrote.

Per the event rulebook, the Sports Emmy Awards “recognize outstanding achievement in sports programming by conferring annual awards of merit in various categories. The presentation of these awards is intended to be an incentive for the continued pursuit of excellence.”

Other Sports Emmys involving the Chiefs

  • CBS won a Sports Emmy — “Outstanding Playoff Coverage” — for its telecast of the AFC title game.
  • Another piece involving the Chiefs, the CBS AFC title game open, was nominated for a Sports Emmy —“Outstanding Open/Tease” — but it did not win.