SM South, KU grad Rob Riggle ready to celebrate Super Bowl win

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Posted at 4:26 PM, Jan 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-31 22:14:58-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Comedian Rob Riggle is a confident man.

Asked what he’d do if the Chiefs win Super Bowl LIV, which takes place Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, he interrupted 41 Action News Sports Director Mick Shaffer to correct him, “When the Chiefs win this whole thing,” he said.

Riggle continued, “You’ve got to have the mindset right. We’re going to win this thing. We’re going into it with no anxiety and no fear. I didn’t come down here to be afraid. I came down here to win a championship, just like the team did.”

An Overland Park native who graduated from Shawnee Mission South and the University of Kansas, Riggle was born in April 1970 — three months after Kansas City’s lone Super Bowl title — so he’s relishing this week.

“My first Chiefs game was in 1975,” Riggle said. “I’ve been waiting my whole life for this. ... This is the best week ever. We’re at the Super Bowl. The Chiefs are at the Super Bowl. My team’s in the Super Bowl; our team’s in the Super Bowl.”

This will be the fifth Super Bowl that Riggle has attended, but obviously this one is extra special — and not just because he’s a Chiefs fan.

“I’ve never seen or experienced so much energy around a Super Bowl,” Riggle, who also will star in a Super Bowl commercial for Bounty paper towels, said. “It’s electric around here, and Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs have a lot to do with that. Their team is so special and the way they play the game is so special, everybody is talking about them.”

He expects a close game Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers, but Riggle also expects to be celebrating when the night’s finished.

“It’s going to be a close game,” Riggle said. “It’s not going to be a blowout, as much as I want it to be.”

The former “The Daily Show” and “Saturday Night Live” cast member said he’s already been visualizing the game-winning touchdown or field goal as well as the on-field celebration and parade that will follow.

“We’ve got a new chapter going on right now,” Riggle said. “It’s Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes and the rest of the team that are playing together and just awesome. They mean so much to me and to the city.”