In his first skilled season, former Purdue defensive finish George Karlaftis is a Tremendous Bowl Champion. Karlaftis and the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 38-35 in Glendale, Arizona tonight. Karlaftis made historical past within the win as properly, turning into the primary Greek born NFL participant to win a Tremendous Bowl.
Karlafits is the forty third Purdue product to play within the Tremendous Bowl. The Boilermakers have had a consultant within the Tremendous Bowl in 23 out of the final 24 years, together with Karlaftis’ look this yr. The Chiefs’ win additionally provides Purdue a Tremendous Bowl champion in back-to-back seasons after Brycen Hopkins gained final yr with the Los Angeles Rams.
Purdue’s “Den of Defensive Ends” isn’t any stranger to producing Tremendous Bowl champions, as Karlaftis turns into the fifth member of the unique group to safe a hoop. The 4 others have been Keena Turner, Rosevelt Colvin, Cliff Avril and Rob Ninkovich.
Karlaftis caps off a stellar rookie yr with the Chiefs on high. The West Lafayette Excessive Faculty alumnus completed the season with six sacks, which was third most amongst rookies this yr. He additionally racked up 33 complete tackles, together with eight tackles for loss and registered 11 quarterback hits throughout his debut season in Kansas Metropolis.
With NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes below heart, Karlaftis may very well be contending for extra Tremendous Bowl wins within the years to come back.