Andrew Wylie Shined on Football's Biggest Stage
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Andrew Wylie went out there and absolutely made it happen.
A historic Super Bowl: Kansas City 38, Philly 35. Two Super Bowl victories over four seasons, and Wylie, the lone EMU grad on the dynasty-building team has been part of all three of its trips to the big game. KCs first title of its current run came in 2018 (31-20 over San Francisco), and lost its next trip two years ago (31-9 to Tampa Bay).
Wylie was injured during KC’s victory the first time around, and was on the field when the team lost in round two. Last night was Wylie’s first time being able to suit up during a Super Bowl victory.
Or in his case, specifically, a Super Bowl whipping by Patrick Mahomes’ right tackle. It’s been well-documented that Philadelphia’s pass rush can continuously make it really difficult on quarterbacks with just four-man pressures.
Wylie knew his hands would be full, and he absolutely met the assignment in the biggest game of his life.
In front of Rihanna, no less.
The Eagles didn’t get to Mahomes once. More importantly, Wylie made All-Pro pass rusher Hasson Reddick look like bagged lunch. He didn’t allow any negative plays all night, and, in the red zone, Andy Reid drew up a play that even let the O-lineman go out for a pass out of an unbalanced formation. Mahomes didn’t look in his direction on the throw, but that was still a heck of a time to see Wylie be involved in the pass game like that.
All that talk about Philly’s unstoppable pass rush against Mahomes’ bum ankle, and Wylie, individually, absolutely did his job to make last night’s Super Bowl win possible.
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As far as Wylie’s ring-bearing performance goes in Eastern Michigan’s history, he has the 14th Super Bowl win by an EMU grad, and is the fifth alum to win the Super Bowl more than once. The last to do so was Charlie Batch, who was a quarterback for Pittsburgh in Super Bowls 40, 43, and 45 (won the first two). Wylie, Batch, and John Banaszak (class of 1974) are the only former EMU players to make it to three Super Bowls; Banaszak is the only one with three rings.