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More than Mahomes: Lubbock has several connections to Super Bowl LIV

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Tech grad and Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes is maybe the most well-known connection our city has to the Super Bowl, but there are others that you may not have known about.

Former Patriots player Wes Welker is also heading to the Super Bowl in his first year as a 49ers wide receivers coach.

It was Texas Tech coach Tommy McVay that first took a chance on him, and helped to transform the game.

"You watch him and you knew he had something, something special. I can't hardly explain but you just had a feeling he was going to be pretty good,"  McVay said. "It's amazing how many people call me and say 'hey, we've got the next Wes Welker. That's hard to duplicate, because very few around like him," he added.

McVay also worked with Kris Kocurek, a former defensive tackle at Tech, who now is a defensive line coach for San Francisco.

"Chris was tough, tough, tough, defensive lineman. And they were both great kids, you didn't have to worry about them. They were good on the field, they were good off the field. And that's the reason that they are where they are today," McVay said.

"Knowing guys that you worked with, even went to school with, and hands-on with them day-in and day-out, knowing that they worked hard enough to get to the Super Bowl, you know, means the world just knowing that, work hard, everything pays off," Asst. Athletics Director of equipment operations Zane Perry said. 


Pictured left: Wes Welker, Pictured right: Kris Kocurek

It is no question that no matter which team wins, a Red Raider is guaranteed to take home a ring.

The Hub City has another connection to the game.

One that was not a Tech grad, but he was born here in Lubbock.

"He's always been blazing fast, he could play football, he could tumble, he could do flips. You know,you could just see the determination, you could tell, you knew he was always going to be good," Marquise Goodwin's Aunt, Marsha Johnson, said.

Marquise Goodwin has not forgotten his West Texas roots. 

Born in Lubbock he went on to be an Olympic track athlete and a wide receiver for the 49ers.

Despite being on the injured reserve list, he's in Miami cheering on his teammates for a Super Bowl win, and his family in Lubbock is as well.



Marquise Goodwin is a wide receiver on the 49ers


"Even though he's not playing, we're still cheering loud, loud and proud," Johnson said. 

Johnson says it is going to be a big year for her nephew.

He is planning on heading to the Olympics this summer, and his wife is expecting their first child. 

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