INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (February 3, 2016) – Indianapolis was not just home to Super Bowl XLVI, it also brought a Super Bowl champion home.
“Indy should be very proud,” Mathias Kiwanuka, a Cathedral High School product, said. “I’m always pumping Indianapolis any chance I get. In the locker room or anywhere I’m always talking about Indy.”
Kiwanuka grabbed his second Super Bowl Championship right here at home in 2012 when the Giants defeated the Patriots at Lucas Oil Stadium.
“I feel like throughout my career I always had the support and backing of not just Cathedral but the whole city of Indianapolis and that’s really important,” Kiwanuka said.
Now, as the NFL counts down to Super Bowl 50, the Cathedral grad joined fellow Super Bowl champs and Indianapolis natives Rosevelt Covlin and Courtney Roby.
The trio headed back to school, bus ride and all, to honor the programs that launched their careers.
“I think there’s something about being in these halls that makes everybody strive to be a little bit better than what they could,” Kiwanuka said.
The former defensive end returned to the halls of his alma mater, presenting the Irish with a “golden football” from the NFL, commemorating the Super Bowl’s golden anniversary.
“We were just having this conversation on the bus about how a lot of guys who play in the Super Bowl weren’t necessarily the best players on their teams in high school and I can be honest with you, I was probably what…third at best,” Kiwaunka said.
It served as an opportunity to reconnect with some familiar faces and make an impact on some new ones.
“I just hope that maybe there is one thing I did for somebody that is leaning on one side of the fence or the other and you know I can push them to be inspired to be something great, not just sports, not just football, but whatever it is in life,” Kiwanuka said.
Recently retired from football and now father of two, Kiwanuka looks ahead to a new phase of life but is grateful for the chance to reconnect with his roots.
“It’s good to reminisce,” he said. “For me just retiring this is like the perfect time to go back, and the older I get I was so tell some stories, have some jokes, and it will be a good day.”