Jack Del Rio a Jayhawk?

Posted on Nov 14, 2013 in Alumni News and News

Sports fans gearing up for Sunday’s huge AFC West showdown in Denver between the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs and the one-loss Broncos, here’s a fun bit of football trivia that you can tuck away for a friendly wager with your watch-party pals:

Broncos’ interim head coach and defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio graduated from what university?

Of course, Del Rio will always be linked to Southern Cal, where he was a consensus All-American linebacker in the mid-1980s before embarking on his 11-year NFL career. But, making good on a promise he made to his father and grandparents when he left USC without a degree, Del Rio, c’90, found time during his two seasons with the Chiefs to trek to Lawrence and, getting in a bit of extra training by hiking up and down the Hill with his fellow undergraduate classmates, began work toward completing his college education.

After finishing his political science requirements by earning a 3.5 GPA with 30 hours in his final semester, shortly before he was traded by the Chiefs to the Dallas Cowboys, Del Rio returned to campus to walk down the Hill at Commencement.

“I’m proud of the fact that I was able to climb that Hill and knock out a goal,” Del Rio told freelance writer David Garfield, c’88, in a profile for Kansas Alumni magazine issue No. 5, 2007, when he was head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars. “Graduating was important to me, and that diploma hangs right here in my office.”

–Chris Lazzarino

Broncos majority owner and CEO Pat Bowlen with interim head coach Jack Del Rio, following Sunday's victory over the San Diego Chargers (photo Eric Lars Bakke, Denver Broncos)

Broncos majority owner and CEO Pat Bowlen with interim head coach Jack Del Rio, following Sunday’s victory over the San Diego Chargers (photo Eric Lars Bakke, Denver Broncos)

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