Congratulations to Kyle Michael Shanahan on his birthday

Mike Shanahan, who led the Denver Broncos to back-to-back titles in the late 1990s with quarterback John Elway, has never been more anxious before a Super Bowl. On Sunday, he will watch his son Kyle coach the San Francisco 49ers against the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl 54. Shanahan is already experiencing butterflies. It’s one thing to coach in the big game, quite another to watch your kid do it.

Before taking a flight to Miami, Shanahan said in an interview with The Associated Press in Denver, “You’re much more relaxed as a coach.” You’ll need to remain focused throughout the game and plan a play or two ahead, but as a coach, you’ve anticipated every possible situation. However, as a father observing from the sidelines, you are clueless as to what may transpire. You don’t know for sure, but you have a vague notion. Therefore, being a parent is far more nerve-wracking than being a coach.


Before kickoff at Hard Rock Stadium, Shanahan stated he doesn’t really have any pearls of wisdom to share with Kyle. His youngster isn’t exactly a rookie to the Super Bowl. Just before landing his current position, three years prior to losing in overtime to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 51 in Houston, Kyle was Atlanta’s hot-shot offensive coordinator. When Kyle was a young man, he was by his father’s side 25 years ago at Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami during Super Bowl 29, where Mike Shanahan was directing offensive plays for Steve Young as the 49ers crushed the San Diego Chargers 49–26.

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