Former West Lafayette, Purdue football standout George Karlaftis wins second Super Bowl

LAS VEGAS — George Karlaftis is 2-for-2.

The former West Lafayette High School and Purdue football standout won his second Super Bowl in as many seasons as a defensive end for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Karlaftis’ impact was felt immediately, recovering a Christian McCaffrey fumble to end San Francisco’s first drive. He also had a key fumble recovery in the Chiefs’ 17-10 win over the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC championship game two weeks prior.

Karlaftis had five tackles, including half a sack in Kansas City’s 25-22 overtime victory over the San Francisco 49ers at Allegiant Stadium Sunday night.

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In high school, Karlaftis played in two Class 3A state championship games with West Lafayette, finishing runner-up to Chatard in 2015 and capping his career with an undefeated season after the Red Devils defeated Evansville Memorial in 2018.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 11: George Karlaftis #56 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates after recovering a fumble in the first quarter against the San Francisco 49ers during Super Bowl LVIII at Allegiant Stadium on February 11, 2024 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Following his senior season at West Lafayette, Karlaftis was named American Family Insurance Defensive Player of the Year, awarded at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in 2019.

The award was announced at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Awards show in San Antonio on the eve of the annual all-star game, featuring the nation’s top 100 players.

With the Boilermakers, Karlaftis was a Freshman All-American in 2019, a second-team All-Big Ten selection in 2019 and ’20 and first-team All-Big Ten in 2021.

After three seasons at Purdue, Karlaftis opted to enter the NFL draft and was drafted in the first round in 2022 with the…


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Publish date : 2024-02-12 03:54:04

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