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Chiefs fans hope to celebrate with 1969 limited edition McCormick whiskey

Posted at 6:24 PM, Jan 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-29 11:03:29-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Chiefs fans are planning their celebrations if the team ends a half-century drought Sunday by winning Super Bowl LIV.

One of those celebrations will include drinking 50-year-old bourbon whiskey with a special meaning behind it.

The McCormick Distilling Company based out of Weston, Missouri, produced about 1,000 limited edition bourbon decanters when the Chiefs won the Super Bowl in 1969.

Grain Valley resident Cheryl Ellis managed to get her hands on one she found at an estate sale nearly 40 years ago.

"I came across it, purchased it and vowed that if the Chiefs won I would open it," Ellis said.

As Kansas City gears up for the big game, Ellis is hoping she'll get a chance to pop it open.

"I don't drink very much, but I will definitely be doing a shot," Ellis said.

She's been a Chiefs fan since she watched them win Super Bowl IV when she was 12 years old.

"It was just amazing," Ellis said. "My mom was screaming and crying, jumping up and down. We all were hugging each othe."

The bottle also has a special meaning for a Chiefs fan in Nashville.

Maverick Cothron said her bottle has been in her family since 1969, too. Her grandfather passed it down to her stepfather who gave it to her.

"I want to continue to pass it down to my kids and my kids pass it down to their kids," Cothron said. "It's something very special and near and dear to my heart because it's from my dad."

Cothron said her love for the team started as a little girl, and she has her stepfather to thank for it. She said he's been going through some health problems recently, and he's always had a dream of watching his team in the big game.

"My heart is happy because my dad gets to see that," Cothron said. "You're not promised every day, so I'm happy that my dad gets to see this."

She plans to go to St. Louis to watch the Chiefs play the San Francisco 49ers with him, and she has a good feeling.

"They're going to do it; this is our year," Cothron said.

McCormick Distilling said if the Chiefs win the Super Bowl, the company will release a limited edition Super Bowl vodka. It will only be available in "Chiefs Kingdom," which includes Missouri and Kansas as well as Nebraska and Iowa.

The company has started brainstorming ideas for what the bottle will look like. It should be available within a few weeks of Super Bowl LIV, depending on the game's outcome.