LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech will have two former players battling for a berth in the Super Bowl on Sunday when Patrick Mahomes II and the Kansas City Chiefs host LaAdrian Waddle and the New England Patriots at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City.
Kickoff is slated for 5:40 p.m. CT with television coverage provided nationally on CBS.
Mahomes will be looking to complete a memorable debut season as Kansas City's starter with a Super Bowl appearance, which would be the Chiefs' first since 1969 when Tech Ring of Honor member E.J. Holub started at center in a 23-7 victory over the Minnesota Vikings. The Super Bowl IV victory remains Kansas City's lone title in two appearances.
In only his first season as a starter, Mahomes became just the third NFL quarterback all-time to throw for 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns, joining the likes of future Hall of Famers in Peyton Manning and the opposing quarterback Sunday, Tom Brady. Dating back to his time as a Red Raider, he is the only quarterback in history to throw for 5,000 yards at both the collegiate and professional levels.
Mahomes led the Chiefs to a 12-4 regular-season record before topping the Indianapolis Colts, 31-13, last Saturday in the divisional round. Mahomes, who rushed for a touchdown in the win over the Colts, will be the first Red Raider quarterback to play in a Super Bowl with a win over the Patriots.
The Super Bowl is a familiar destination for Waddle, meanwhile, as he has been on the Patriots' roster during similar runs the past two seasons. A win over the Chiefs would push Waddle into a tie with Red Raider greats and former Patriots wide receivers Wes Welker and Danny Amendola for most Super Bowl appearances all-time by a Texas Tech letterwinner.
Waddle has played in 16 games for the Patriots this season, his most since joining the organization as an unrestricted free agent in 2015. He has started in three games from his spot at right tackle, while also contributing on New England's field goal unit.
Waddle is one of 26 Red Raiders who have played in the biggest game in football, a history that dates back to Super Bowl I where Holub and fellow Ring of Honor member Donny Anderson faced off in a memorable meeting between the Chiefs and Green Bay Packers.