Kansas City Chiefs running back Jerick McKinnon and Willie Gay Jr. were at Dick’s Sporting Goods over the weekend, where friend-of-the-site Harold Kuntz of FOX4 had the opportunity to talk with the two Super Bowl LVII champions.
Jerick McKinnon on sliding down instead of scoring in the Super Bowl: "It wasn't even a hesitation not to score once I knew the situation we were in." #Chiefs pic.twitter.com/Xc8I6jyQma— Harold R. Kuntz (@HaroldRKuntz3) February 19, 2023
McKinnon talked about his decision to slide near the goal line in the Super Bowl, rather than score an easy touchdown — a decision that appeared to clinch the championship for Kansas City.
“We practice that play every week,” McKinnon told Kuntz. “I talked to a couple guys before the parade. I don’t think everybody really knew what was going on until it happened. But it’s just one of those things where I didn’t really think too much of it because that’s how we are coached. That’s how coach [Andy] Reid coaches us.
“When that play came up, obviously, I didn’t understand the magnitude of it until after it happened. To see everybody else’s reaction, it’s all been a blessing.”
McKinnon finished the game with 49 scrimmage yards — and no touchdowns.
“It wasn’t even a hesitation in my mind to score once I knew what situation we were in,” he added. “It’s just been a blessing — all the reactions from the fans, the people. I couldn’t ask for anything better.”
McKinnon is currently headed for free agency after an age-30 breakout season with the Chiefs. He signed a one-year deal to return to the club last offseason. It remains to be seen if his 800-scrimmage yard, 10-touchdown season prices him out of coming back to the Chiefs.
Gay — who is due to enter the final year of his rookie contract in 2023 — says being a champion has sunk in over the past week.
Willie Gay on if winning the Super Bowl has finally sunk in: "You know what, it has, people treat us so well and I like that, so I got to get me a couple more. Thank God I'm on this team, so I know that's going to happen." #Chiefs pic.twitter.com/irVWrWgAfZ— Harold R. Kuntz (@HaroldRKuntz3) February 19, 2023
“People treat us so well,” explained Gay, who registered eight tackles against the Philadelphia Eagles. “I got to get me a couple more. Thank God I’m on this team, so I know that’s going to happen... I didn’t play [in Super Bowl LV while on injured reserve], so it was two Ls for me. To be able to do it two years later and win it. To contribute in it and make plays, it’s a great feeling, so I got to do it again for sure.”
Sounds like it will be a fun offseason.