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Arizona Western Football Alum Helps Chiefs Win Super Bowl

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Damien Williams, a former student-athlete at Arizona Western, helped lead the Kansas City Chiefs to a win in Super Bowl LIV in Miami on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020.

A former student-athlete at Arizona Western College helped the Kansas City Chiefs win the Super Bowl on Sunday.

Damien Williams was a running back for the Matadors before transferring to Oklahoma in 2012.

Williams scored two touchdowns Sunday to lead the Chiefs past the San Francisco 49ers 31-20. On social media, many analysts said Williams deserved to be named the game's Most Valuable Player, which went instead to quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

Former Arizona Western Football Coach Tom Minnick posted several congratulatory tweets for Williams on Twitter Sunday, including one with a photo of the two with the caption “Damien Williams- Kansas City Chiefs. Congratulations.  Love ya Man !!!”

In his sophomore season at AWC, Williams led the Matadors to the NJCAA Football Championship Game.

On Monday, Williams appeared on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live."

There are at least two other Arizona connections on the Chiefs. Defensive end Terrell Suggs played at Arizona State and safety Tyrann Mathieu began his career with the Arizona Cardinals.

Victor is originally from West Sacramento, California and has lived in Arizona for more than five years. He began his print journalism career in 2004 following his graduation from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Victor has been a reporter for the following daily newspapers: The Monterey County Herald, The Salinas Californian and the Reno Gazette-Journal, where he covered stories including agriculture, education and Latino community news. Victor has also served as a local editor for Patch, a national news organization with hyperlocal websites, in Carmichael, California in the Sacramento area. He also served as the editor for The New Vision, the newspaper for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson, which includes Yuma and La Paz counties. Victor lives in Somerton. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and following most sports.
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