Andy Reid is something of a foodie. Or, at any rate, he thinks and talks about food a lot. So when the Kansas City Chiefs head coach wanted to celebrate his team’s recent Super Bowl win with a hearty meal, he knew exactly what he wanted and where to go to find it.
Pizza 51, a hotspot in Kansas City’s Brookside and South Plaza neighborhoods since 2004.
According to various media reports, Reid called a running play to Pizza 51 upon returning to Kansas City on the day after his team won its second Super Bowl in four years.
“I got a mushroom and sausage pizza,” he told reporters later. “How about that? And a salad just to make my chubbiness feel good.”
Reid is known for his colorful food-themed metaphors and analogies, such as, “I love how the team works together like I love a big piece of prime rib.” In Sunday night’s big game, the Chiefs also ran a misdirection play that Reid calls the “Corn Dog Shuttle.” They ran it twice, in fact. It worked both times.
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According to Sporting News, he even trotted out a food reference when asked about his nine grandchildren in 2020. “They keep you young,” Reid said. “And at the same time they make you feel old. It’s kind of like sweet and sour pork.”
Italian food is apparently a favorite of Reid’s. He spent part of his last offseason in Italy, and, when a reporter asked him why, he responded: “I like to eat.”
In case you’re wondering, Pizza 51, owned by Shannon and Jason Pryor, serves up a no-nonsense menu with signature items like the Cowtown Lovers (pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, green peppers, onions and black olives) and the Veggie Delight (mushrooms, black olives, broccoli, onions, green peppers and spinach), plus calzones, sandwiches, salads and a soup of the day.