Chief becomes first alumni to win Super Bowl


Hannah Jones

Ocean Lakes staff members wear red to support Derrick Nnadi before the Super Bowl on Jan. 31.

Derrick Nnadi and the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the San Fransisco 49ers in the Super Bowl on Sunday. He became the first Ocean Lakes graduate to play in and win a Super Bowl.

Nnadi was in the starting lineup and had four tackles including the first tackle of the game and one for a loss. After the game, cameras captured Nnadi celebrating by making snow angels in the confetti on the field.

In partnership with the KC Pet Project, Nnadi paid the adoption fees of over 100 dogs at the Kansas City Animal Shelter to celebrate the Chiefs’ win. Around 45 animals have been adopted from the shelter so far.

Nnadi expressed his gratitude for his past coaches, teammates, and teachers in tweets and interviews before and after the game.

“I’m coming home a champ, from Corporate Landing Middle School to Ocean Lakes High School, I’m a champ. I want to thank everybody from the 757 for getting me to this point,” said Nnadi in an interview with WTKR News 3.