Catholic Alum Leads Superbowl Champions

Source: Baptist Press

The Los Angeles Rams won the Super Bowl championship on Feb 13, making Sean McVacy the youngest head coach to lead an NFL team to victory. Something McVay calls “poetic.”

“You talk about a resilient team, coaches, players; I’m so proud of this group,” said McVay in postgame comments. “We talk about competitive greatness all the time, being your best when your best is required,” McVay told the Catholic News Service.

McVay, 36, is an alumnus of the Marist School in Atlanta. He credits Catholicism and attending Catholic school with instilling “foundational principles” he uses in everyday life both on and off the field.

“Marist is a special place because of all the unique people,” McVay said in 2021 in his address to the Marist graduating class as their guest speaker. “I’ve been so fortunate and blessed because there’s so many of the foundational principles that were instilled in me from the time I got here, from seventh grade to 12th grade, that have been instrumental in a lot of the things that have been good in my life.”

McVay was also honored with Marist’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2020.

“He brought great intensity to his preparation, workouts and had tremendous understanding of the game,” said Alan Chadwick, head football coach at Marist who remembers McVay as a good student athlete.

In 2003, when Marist won the state championship, Atlanta Auxiliary Bishop Joel M. Konzen, who was principal of Marist School when McVay attended, recalls his leadership.

“The team acknowledged that he was their leader,” the bishop told The Georgia Bulletin, newspaper of the Atlanta Archdiocese. “Sean gave most of the credit to his teammates for a win, making light of his own contribution. That kind of modesty was how Sean demonstrated his commitment to the Marist Way.”

Three years ago, McVay made his first Super Bowl appearance as head coach for the Rams against the New England Patriots when the game was hosted in Atlanta.

Source: Baptist Press