Kansas City's Derrick Nnadi is champion on and off the field.
Fresh from celebrating the Chiefs' epic come-from-behind Super Bowl victory over San Francisco, Nnadi endeared himself to fans with a wonderful gesture that's close to his heart.
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Nnadi has a close affiliation with an animal rescue shelter in Kansas City called KC Pet Project, which cares for thousands of animals a year.
He has sponsored the adoption of one dog for every one of the Chief's wins this season.
However, the defensive lineman decided to go one better after his side's dramatic Super Bowl LIV victory.
The 23-year-old announced shortly after the win that he would pay for the adoption fees for every pet currently residing at KC Pet Project.
The incredibly generous act means that every single dog that is available for adoption at the rescue shelter can go home with a family for free.
The Chiefs star was absolutely showered with praise on social media as word of his heartwarming doggy deed spread online.
We’re so honored to partner with @DerrickNnadi who is sponsoring the adoption fees of all of our adoptables dogs at our locations! What an incredibly generous gesture and we want to thank Derrick for his support all season long. pic.twitter.com/xXWqXkQPS9— KC Pet Project (@kcpetproject) February 3, 2020
I'm a life long Niners fan, and it was very disappointing yesterday. but what you do for the dogs of KC, is amazing. I volunteer at my local shelter, and love dogs. as much as you do. I'm still going to be rooting for the Niners, but I'm a Derrick Nnadi fan now. and keep it up— Vern James (@foureyed7) February 4, 2020
Not 24 hours after becoming World Champs and our guys are already paying it forward. That’s what this organization is about. CHIEFS PROUD— Andrew Valdivia (@AValdivia816) February 3, 2020
Wow, I love his compassion!— Airmid (@Sundownocean) February 3, 2020
What an incredible heart! @LaurentDTardif Give him a Cdn bear hug from his new friends! Salut!— Annie the Smooth (@AnnietheSmooth) February 4, 2020
Wow. What a wonderful and giving gesture. This is a role model! Congratulations to him!!— Cristy NoH (@getcristylove) February 3, 2020
I can’t love this post enough. Thank you @DerrickNnadi for helping these babies find homes— Lori (@marslover) February 3, 2020
That is amazing. Congrats Derrick.— Ozark Lit Fan (@yieldcurverider) February 3, 2020
I about cried when I read this— J Manns (@jrpmanns01) February 3, 2020
According the KC Pet Project website, the shelter cares for “over 10,000 animals a year and work collaboratively with Animal Control and other animal welfare organizations to increase the number of homeless pets adopted.”
“The perfect way to cap off this great season!” Nnadi posted on Twitter, along with the message from KC Pet Project.
Stirring comeback seals epic Chiefs triumph
The Chiefs won Sunday's Super Bowl 31-20.
They won it in a way that has become their trademark: Houdini-like escapes.
The 49ers led 20-10 with just six minutes left in the game and in less time it took for Jennifer Lopez and Shakira to perform their halftime show Mahomes stunned the 49ers with two passing touchdowns.
Chiefs running back Damien Williams put the result beyond doubt when he sprinted 38 yards for the final touchdown with 80 seconds left.
Wishnowsky was drafted by the 49ers last year and in his first season in the NFL made the Super Bowl.
He made Australian sporting history when he started the game with the opening kick off.
The 49ers' efficient offence, run by quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo who connected with 20 of 31 passes for 219 yards and one touchdown, meant Wishnowsky was not called on the field to punt until late in the fourth quarter.
His first punt was 46 yards and inside the 20-yard line, but the second with five minutes to go was 40 yards and left Mahomes and his hungry offence in good field position on the 35-yard line.
Wishnowsky and Chiefs punter Dustin Colquitt did not have their punts returned for a single yard - tying the Super Bowl record.