LAS VEGAS — John Elway passed on the chance for a three-peat with the Broncos.
With Patrick Mahomes in his prime, even with three Lombardi trophies in his hip pocket, how could Andy Reid pass on his chance for a historic three-peat in the Super Bowl era?
The Vince Lombardi Packers won the last NFL Championship game in 1965 and Super Bowls I and II.
Reid cannot resist that opportunity.
He shall return.
He will not retire.
Asked if he can confirm that he would be back in 2024, Reid said, “Yeah. … Sure. I’m mad at [Bill] Belichick and Pete [Carroll]. Now I get asked all those questions.”
When the last dying seconds of overtime ended in Chiefs 25, 49ers 22, MVP Mahomes talked about chasing a three-peat with the lovable old coach by his side.
“He’s one of the best coaches of all time — I believe he’s the best coach of all time,” Mahomes said. “I mean I know he doesn’t have the trophies yet, I have a lot of respect for some of those great coaches, but the way he’s able to navigate every single team he has, continue to have success no matter where he’s at, and for me, he brings out the best in me because he lets me be me. He doesn’t try to make me anyone else. I don’t think I’d be the quarterback that I am if I didn’t have Coach Reid being our head coach.”
Then he credited Reid with the game-winning play-call.
Following an Isiah Pacheco fumble first-and-goal at the 9, Travis Kelce bumped Reid and raged at him on the sideline.
“Put me in, I’ll score,” was how Reid recalled it, and laughed. “As much as he bumps into me, I bump into him. He caught me off-balance.”
His wife was to the side decked out in red with sparkles proudly watching his postgame press conference.
She’ll be back with him in 2024.