Super Bowl 2024: How Chiefs mascot K.C. Wolf and 49ers mascot Sourdough Sam got their names

Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas is fast approaching and the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers have been preparing for the big game over the last two weeks. But you know who else has to prepare for Super Bowl Sunday? The mascots. Those furry larger-than-life characters bring an excitement level to the game and the fans in attendance, and have to be on their game as well when the Super Bowl spotlight is on them. 

In the NFL, all players dream of making it to the big game, but, hey, for mascots this is the ultimate stage as well. For the Chiefs and 49ers we are talking about K.C. Wolf and Sourdough Sam, respectively. Unlike some of the other teams in the league, these mascots and their names are not obviously linked to their teams. 

For those wondering just how these mascots came to be on the sidelines, we did the research so you don’t have to.

K.C. Wolf

The original Chiefs mascot was named Warpaint and it was a horse ridden by a man in a headdress. K.C. Wolf replaced this mascot in 1989. Wolves are not the thing most people think of when they picture Kansas City or Missouri, and according to Wolf.org, the state does not even have a wolf population. Wolves may not be running around the area, but there is one running around Arrowhead Stadium. 

The concept of the mascot came from a group of wild fans that sat in temporary bleachers at Municipal Stadium, the baseball and football stadium that housed the Chiefs from 1963 to 1971. These fans, who were called the “Wolfpack,” clearly made quite the impact on the team, and their legacy lives on forever in the form of the current mascot. The K.C. part of the name is rather obvious. 

K.C. Wolf has its own Twitter account and was the first NFL mascot to be inducted in the Mascot Hall of Fame. K.C. Wolf has attended multiple Super Bowls, as this is the Chiefs fourth appearance in five years. 

Sourdough Sam

Sourdough Sam is the first…


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Author : Shanna McCarriston

Publish date : 2024-02-10 22:56:11

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