The Quakers are undefeated in the Super Bowl.
Granted, there is only one person contributing to this statistic, but with Penn alumnus Justin Watson victoriously hoisting the Lombardi Trophy last Sunday, the Quakers are 1-0 when competing in the Super Bowl.
Instead of Red and Blue, the 2018 Wharton graduate was dressed in red and gold when he made history on Feb. 12, as the Kansas City Chiefs pulled out a last-minute 38-35 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. Watson caught two of Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes’ passes for 18 total yards — each for a first down.
The wide receiver appeared in all 17 regular season games for the Chiefs this season — starting in five of them — and finished the year with 15 catches, 315 total yards, and two touchdowns.
This is Watson's second ring in only five professional seasons. The Bridgeville, Pa. native earned his first in 2021 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the team that originally drafted him, in Super Bowl LV. Coincidentally, the Buccaneers defeated the Chiefs for that Super Bowl trophy. Watson was left off the active roster then, but on Sunday night, he made history when he became the first Penn alum to dress and play in a Super Bowl.
Watson is no stranger to the record books, as this achievement is just another notch on the wide receiver's long list of accomplishments. Watson reigns as Penn football’s all-time leading receiver in several statistical categories, with 286 receptions, 3,777 yards, 33 receiving touchdowns, and 4,116 all-purpose yards. He also holds Penn's single-season records for receptions (89), receiving yards (1,115), and touchdowns (14).
During his time playing for the Quakers, Watson also won two Ivy League championship titles in 2015 and 2016. Following Sunday's big win, he even shouted out Penn coaches Ray Priore, Rick Ulrich, and Jon Dupont in a heartfelt Instagram post.
Despite Super Bowl LVII's ending not favoring the Eagles, Watson’s success story still offers Penn a reason to celebrate.