If you are curious why Jon Embree is smiling, roll the clock back again to 7 days 3 of the preseason, to the inside joke that keeps on providing.
On Aug. 24 at Arrowhead Stadium, the 49ers conquer the Chiefs 27-17. Embree, the former CU player and mentor and Cherry Creek alum, and son Taylor are on Kyle Shanahan’s personnel in San Francisco Embree’s son Connor is on Andy Reid’s personnel in Kansas City.
To mark the occasion, some folks had been variety plenty of to print out T-shirts for friends and family members with the text THE EMBREE BOWL printed on the front. All people acquired a good chuckle out of it, and then Dad upped the ante, suggesting the best spot for a rematch.
“We claimed, ‘Let’s see if we can do this all over again in Miami,’” Jon recalled by cellphone as the Niners headed to apply in advance of Super Bowl LIV, “not having any notion the reasonable chance of it. Shoot, this was just the preseason.”
Tiny did they know.
“As the season went on, (we thought), ‘This could seriously come about,’” Embree claimed, chuckling. “And then, when the playoffs started out, it was like, ‘OK, this is pretty reasonable.’ And then it happened.”
Not only do we get a sequel, we get it on the biggest stage possible. Or as the family members calls it, The Embree Bowl II: This Time It’s For All The Dang Marbles.
“I assume (my spouse Natalyn) is enjoying it,” Jon, the 49ers tight finishes mentor, claimed of Sunday’s huge game, which attributes 1 of his sons on every single of the sidelines — Taylor is a Niners offensive high-quality command mentor Connor is a defensive assistant for Andy Reid.
“We’ve always experienced a pretty competitive family. Pretty a lot each and every day, somebody was likely to be mad because they lost. This just carries on the route they’ve been forging in the family since they (had been young children).”
Even if Super Bowl LIV tends to make you somewhat nauseous, what with all those people Chiefs admirers partying in South Florida and Shanahan executing his NFL blueblood revival act in San Francisco rather of Dove Valley, you just can’t deny the angles. It’s a family members affair from the major down, and not just because of Kyle and Mike.
Kyle Shurmur, the Chiefs’ apply squad quarterback, is the son of freshly-hired Broncos offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur. Niners running backs mentor Bobby Turner is Orlando Franklin’s father-in-legislation.
You have acquired Jon Embree on 1 sideline, Eric Bieniemy on the other. Heck, the Buffs are woven so deep into the Super Bowl narrative, they may well as well roll the new Ralphie out with equally groups when they come out of their respective tunnels.
Bieniemy, the previous CU tailback, is pushing the buttons for the finest offense on the planet. Embry, his previous Buffs running mate, has aided rework Niners tight conclude George Kittle into a 1-gentleman wrecking ball.
“It’s pretty surreal,” Embree claimed. “It’s great, because no make a difference how a lot of Super Bowls you’ve been to or been all around, until eventually you are in it, just currently being listed here … it’s distinct from anything at all I have ever seasoned.”
They’ll catch up at dinner Friday evening: Embree, Bieniemy, and equally of their respective spouses. Dad currently took out the boys, 1 on every single personnel, on Tuesday.
“We sat all around, laughed and talked,” Embree claimed. “Not (as) a lot about the game. Just talked about the ordeals we’re having down (listed here) … about friends and family members and that variety of things.
“This will not define us. Or divide us. It’s just an chance to share a great occasion in all our life. And to be able to do it alongside one another.”
Some pals printed up T-shirts for this 1, as well. All people wore Embry Bowl I on their respective sleeves. They’ll use Sunday in their hearts, gain or shed. Forever.