The Greek heart beats in the Super Bowl – Two championships in two years for the 23-year-old defender
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The Greek heart beats in the Super Bowl – Two championships in two years for the 23-year-old defender

He is not yet 23 years old and has already accomplished more than other American football legends have not achieved in their entire careers. The Greek defender in his two-year professional career has added as many championships to his collection and his name among the historical figures of the most popular sport in the United States.

The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the San Francisco 49ers 25-22 in overtime to secure their second consecutive Super Bowl LVIII title, held in Las Vegas, cementing their status as the NFL’s new dynasty.

The Chiefs have now won three Super Bowls in five years and are the first team to win consecutive titles since the New England Patriots in February 2005.

The game ended 19-19 in regulation and the 49ers took the lead in overtime (22-19) on a field goal by Moody. But Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes orchestrated a 75-yard drive capped by a Mercole Hardman touchdown to make it 25-22.

The Chiefs join the Pittsburgh Steelers of the 1970s, the Dallas Cowboys of the 1990s and the New England Patriots of the 2000s and 2010s as the only teams in history to win three Super Bowls in a five-year span.

MVP was the “awesome and terrible” Patrick Mahomes, who won his second consecutive Super Bowl MVP award and third overall Sunday night in Las Vegas. The 28-year-old Mahomes tied Joe Montana on the all-time list with three Super Bowl MVPs and trails only Tom Brady, who has won the award five times.

Carlaftis celebrated with a Greek flag

George Carlaftis also had an outstanding game with the Chiefs defense. The 22-year-old defensive end even stole the ball on the first play of the game and won his second consecutive Super Bowl of his career.

After the final, Karlaftis once again honored his country by celebrating with the Greek flag on his shoulders, with his family by his side as always.

Who is George Karlaftis

George Karlaftis was born in Athens in 2001. Before reaching the top of the NFL for the second time in two years, he tried his luck in many sports including football, track and field, basketball and water polo. He was quite good at water polo and played for the Greek National Team in the Teenage National Team as a goalkeeper. He also belonged to the Panathinaikos youth teams, of which he was a big fan.

The unexpected death of his father, Matthew, in Kos from a heart attack during a speech he was giving at an engineering conference changed his life completely.

The family of the then 13-year-old George moved from Athens to the United States. There he initially became involved in athletics, winning consecutive championships in shot put. Because of his water polo and shot put, George had specialized use of his hands, something he needed in the NFL later on.

At 18 he played in the U.S. Army All-American Game, where he was named defensive player of the year. He played college football at Purdue, where he earned all-Big Ten honors before being selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft.