Andy Reid has been an NFL head coach since 1999 when he was hired by the Philadelphia Eagles to lead their franchise. Reid spent 14 years in Philly and took the Eagles to one Super Bowl during his time there while appearing in five NFC Championship Games.
At the end of the 2012 season, Reid was fired by the Eagles after a disappointing 4-12 season. The Kansas City Chiefs, coming off a disappointing season of their own, swooped in and hired Reid to lead the charge in Kansas City and it's a decision that has changed the franchise's direction completely.
It took Reid and the Chiefs a bit to reach a Super Bowl but once Patrick Mahomes got to town, that was the spark this organization needed to be a constant Super Bowl contender. Reid helped lead the Chiefs to their first Super Bowl appearance (and win) in 50 years during the 2019 season and this team has now been a constant presence in the big game in recent years, appearing in four of the last five Super Bowls.
How many Super Bowls has Andy Reid appeared in?
Reid has been to five Super Bowls, as of this writing and has gone 2-2 so far (we don't know the result of the fifth appearance yet).
The first appearance was with the Eagles in the 2004 season where Reid and Donovan McNabb went 13-3 and earned the top seed in the NFC playoffs. They knocked off the Vikings and Falcons in the playoffs to get to the Super Bowl where they lost 24-21 to the New England Patriots.
Reid never got back to the Super Bowl with the Eagles and didn't make it back to the big game for another 15 years when he and the Chiefs got there in the 2019 season. Kansas City went 12-4 that year and earned the two-seed. That was still when the two-seed had a bye week, so the Chiefs got wild card weekend off before playing their first playoff game. They came back from a 24-0 deficit to the Texans to advance to the AFC title game where they beat the Titans to make it to their first Super Bowl since 1970.
In that Super Bowl against the 49ers, Mahomes had struggled throughout most of the game and it felt over when he threw an early fourth quarter interception. The Chiefs were down 20-10 at that point and the Niners defense celebrated in the end zone thinking that the Lombardi Trophy was as good as theirs.
Well, not so fast, as Mahomes and the Chiefs offense turned it on, scoring touchdowns on their next two drives to take a 24-20 lead. On the 49ers' ensuing drive, Jimmy Garoppolo overshot a wide-open Emmanuel Sanders that likely is the final punch in the Chiefs' Super Bowl dreams. On the next play, Frank Clark sacked Garoppolo and the Chiefs got the ball back. Damien Williams broke off a big run for a touchdown and that was all she wrote.
Super Bowl LIV was Reid's first Super Bowl victory, guaranteeing him a spot in the Hall of Fame when he retires. The next season, the Chiefs lost just two games in the regular season and cakewalked their way to the Super Bowl. Unfortunately, their offensive line was depleted for that game and the Buccaneers made Mahomes' life a living hell that day. The Chiefs lost in blowout fashion, making Reid 1-2 in Super Bowls.
Two years later, Reid and the Chiefs got back to the big game, this time against his former team. Much like Super Bowl LIV when it felt over after a bad Mahomes interception, Chiefs fans held their collective breath when Mahomes went down with what appeared to be a nasty injury toward the end of the first half of Super Bowl LVII.
Mahomes came back out in the second half though and dominated. The Chiefs went on to win that game 38-35 and Reid was now a two-time Super Bowl champion, cementing himself as one of the best head coaches in NFL history.
Reid will make his fifth Super Bowl appearance when the Kansas City Chiefs once again face the San Francisco 49ers in the final game of the season. Will Reid be able to win his third Super Bowl title?