On February 11, Kyle Juszczyk, a 2009 Cloverleaf graduate and an eight-time Pro Bowl fullback, will once again take the spotlight as San Francisco faces Kansas City in Super Bowl LVIII. As he gears up for the big game, let's delve into five fascinating facts about Juszczyk, some of which may surprise you.
1. Taylor Swift and Connection to Kyle Juszczyk's Wife, Kristin:
During the AFC Division playoff game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Miami Dolphins on January 13, Taylor Swift and Brittany Mahomes sported puffer jackets designed by Kyle's wife, Kristin Juszczyk. The viral success of these jackets led to Kristin signing a licensing deal with the NFL. Notably, celebrities like Simone Biles, Klay Thompson, and Twilight actor Taylor Lautner have also been seen donning her creations.
2. Juszczyk's First Career Touchdown near Hometown:
Kyle Juszczyk's inaugural touchdown in his NFL career occurred just 45 minutes from his hometown. On September 21, 2014, in a Week 3 AFC North regular season game against the Cleveland Browns, Juszczyk caught a quick pass from Joe Flacco for a 9-yard touchdown, securing a 23-21 victory for the Baltimore Ravens.
Reflecting on the moment, Juszczyk expressed, "It was great, man. After going two weeks not seeing the ball come my way, I felt like maybe it was meant to be — that it would happen in Cleveland."
3. Juszczyk's Teams Dominating the Browns:
Drafted in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens, Juszczyk has consistently faced the Cleveland Browns at least twice a season. Since his entry into the league, his teams, the Ravens and later the 49ers, have maintained a dominant record of 7-3 against Cleveland. However, Browns fans found solace in a recent 19-17 victory during Week 6 of this season.
4. First Harvard Graduate to Score a Super Bowl Touchdown:
In Super Bowl LIV between Kansas City and San Francisco, Juszczyk etched his name in history as the first Harvard graduate to score a touchdown in a Super Bowl. Despite the 31-20 victory for the Chiefs, Juszczyk's 15-yard TD reception from Jimmy Garoppolo in the second quarter tied the score 10-10 and played a crucial role in the 49ers' push to a 20-10 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
5. NFL in Juszczyk's Bloodline:
Football runs in Juszczyk's blood, as he isn't the first in his family to reach the pinnacle of the sport. His uncle Rich "Dickie" Moore previously played for the Green Bay Packers, selected as the 12th overall pick in the 1969 draft out of Villanova. Moore's son, Brandon, continued the family legacy, playing offensive tackle for the New England Patriots from 1993-95.
As Kyle Juszczyk prepares for his second Super Bowl appearance, these fun facts provide a glimpse into the diverse and intriguing aspects of his life both on and off the field.