WVU fans looking for a reason to root for a team in Super Bowl LVIII are in luck. As most probably know by now, former Mountaineer Colton McKivitz will be playing in his first Super Bowl for the San Francisco 49ers.
McKivitz, who will be protecting 49ers quarterback and fellow Big 12 product Brock Purdy as a key member of the San Francisco offensive line, spoke about his football journey to get to this point on the West Virginia Metro News Sportsline show earlier in the week.
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“You get your rookie year and it is kind of a redshirt year to figure it out. In the second year, they expect a jump. And that didn’t happen. So I got cut. We had an injury at right tackle so I got bumped up halfway through the year to active [roster]. I just learned the urgency of being on a team like San Francisco. It is winning a Lombardi [trophy]. That’s the goal every year for them,” said McKivitz to host Tony Caridi about his NFL career to date.
After a stellar career as a Mountaineer, McKivitz was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the 5th round of the 2020 NFL Draft. But not only did McKivitz face the pressure that’s placed on any daft pick to find a way to have an impact and make the roster, the Jacobsburg, Ohio native eventually started to feel the pressure mounting on the 49ers to get over the hump. San Francisco’s last Super Bowl appearance came in the season prior to McKivitz’s arrival, ironically a loss to the same opponent they will face on Sunday.
Click here to read more from McKivitz leading up to the biggest game of his career.
During his time in Morgantown, McKivitz was named the co-Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year as a junior. In 2019, he was named a first-team All-Big 12 player.
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