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Chiefs took a Super Bowl play from the 1948 Rose Bowl

The spin move before the fourth-down conversion? That was from Michigan’s trouncing of USC in Pasadena.
Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy addresses the media during an NFL football news conference on Jan. 23. [CHARLIE RIEDEL  |  AP]
Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy addresses the media during an NFL football news conference on Jan. 23. [CHARLIE RIEDEL | AP]
Published Feb. 3
Updated Feb. 3

The NFL has a long history of borrowing ideas from college football. It’s one of the reasons why I prefer the college game — there’s more diversity with schemes, systems and plays in the NCAA than in the pros.

The Kansas City Chiefs apparently reached deep into college football history to pull off one of the coolest plays of Sunday’s Super Bowl win over San Francisco.

The fourth-down conversion with the pre-snap spin move that helped set up their first touchdown? That, offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy said afterward, came from a Rose Bowl in the 1940s.

Sure enough, Banner Society writer Alex Kirshner found the play from Michigan’s 49-0 win over USC on Jan. 1, 1948.

Alas, I thought the inspiration for the play was a 1990s boy band move.


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