Austin Reiter became the 10th former USF Bull to win a Super Bowl as the Kansas City Chiefs made a furious 4th quarter comeback to beat the San Francisco 49ers 31-20.
Regardless of who won the game Sunday night, USF would have been able to write another name to the program’s list of champions in the pro ranks, with Kofi Amichia being on San Francisco’s sideline.
But, it was Reiter, the former 7th round pick and guy was that cut by Washington and the Browns, who hoisted the Lombardi. He started every game and played every offensive down along the line, snapping the ball to Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes. KC boasted the 6th best offense in the NFL and the offensive line allowed QB pressure second least in the NFL, according to PFF. The unit was ranked the 16th best offensive line overall this season.
With the Bulls, Reiter was a Skip Holtz recruit, who arrived on campus in 2010. He redshirted that season, but played in 46 of the potential 48 games during his career. He started every game on the offensive line from 2012-2014, one of the few consistent pieces in the transition from the doldrums of the Holtz era to the disappointing start the of Willie Taggart era.
Reiter didn’t get to see much success during his time on Fowler Avenue, going a combined 14-34 over four seasons. He persevered and became a bright spot over arguably the darkest point of program history, being named a Remington Award candidate his junior and senior seasons.
Congratulations to Austin for winning the Super Bowl!
Here’s a list of every other former USF player who has earned a Super Bowl ring:
LS Ryan Benjamin, Buccaneers (XXXVII, 2003)
SUPER BOWL CHAMPION QUARTERBACK BJ DANIELS, Seahawks (XLVIII, 2014)*
C Sampson Genus, Packers (XLV, 2011)*
OL Kenyatta Jones, Patriots (XXXVI, 2002)
WR Scott McCready, Patriots (XXXVI, 2002)*
LB Kawika Mitchell, Giants (XLII, 2008)
DE Jason Pierre-Paul, Giants (XLVI, 2012)
DB Kayvon Webster, Broncos (XLX, 2016)
LB Jacquian Williams, Giants (XLVI, 2012)
*practice squad member