When the San Francisco 49ers traded for Christian McCaffrey last season, the connections between the McCaffrey and Shanahan families were made instantly. If the Niners can defeat the Chiefs in Super Bowl LVIII, they will have the chance for a full-circle moment.
If you go back to the last time San Francisco won the Super Bowl, in the 1994 season, the offensive coordinator for the team was Mike Shanahan, the father of Kyle. And of course, Christian's father Ed McCaffrey was a wide receiver for the 49ers that year.
Kyle Shanahan, Christian McCaffrey have chance for full-circle moment if 49ers beat Chiefs in Super Bowl
The 49ers won in a rout, 49-26 over the San Diego Chargers. This was thanks in large part to Mike Shanahan's brilliant offensive game plan that quarterback Steve Young and the offense executed to perfection.
The elder McCaffrey even played his part, making one reception for 5 yards.
The Shanahan-McCaffrey connection did not end there. Mike Shanahan was hired as the head coach of the Denver Broncos the following season. Ed McCaffrey followed him there and played under coach Shanahan for the rest of his career. The Shanahan-McCaffrey duo won two more Super Bowls together with the Broncos.
The 25th anniversary of the first of those two Broncos Super Bowls is today. In this video, you can see a familiar face on the sideline helping his dad out.
To add even more to the story, Kyle Shanahan actually babysat Christian McCaffrey a few times when both were younger.
It almost feels too good to be true, but it would truly be a full-circle moment for both of these families if San Francisco can defeat the Chiefs in the Super Bowl.
Needless to say, Christian McCaffrey figures to factor into the gameplan a bit more than his father did the last time the 49ers won a Super Bowl. The Niners will need everything they can get from their star running back as they attempt to take down the defending champions.