By Wendy Nugent, Newton Now
Newton business owner Mark “Luck” Rodriguez thinks maybe getting out his autographed poster of former Chiefs player Derrick Thomas and putting it on his living room table helped the Chiefs win the Super Bowl.
He said that when the Chiefs were down 20-10 in the fourth quarter and put the poster on his table, things turned around.
“The Chiefs started coming back,” he said.
Luck was gifted the poster by former St. Mary School principal Phil Stutey, and then after Stutey gave the poster to Luck, Stutey led a small parade downtown of about 50 friends going down the sidewalks in the 700 block of North Main Street on Saturday, waving at vehicles that honked, as the group showed their Kansas City Chiefs pride.
Maybe it was a good luck charm, as the Chiefs pulled out from a 10-point deficit in the Super Bowl’s fourth quarter on Sunday night to beat the San Francisco 49ers, 31-20.
It all started with a friendship between Stutey and the man who cuts his hair at Luck’s Barbershop in Newton—Rodriguez.
“My friend Mark at the barbershop—I’ve been going to him since he opened,” Stutey said, wearing a Chiefs shirt with “Allen” written on the back. “We’re both huge Chiefs fans, so this is the first time in our lifetimes the Chiefs have been to the Super Bowl.”
Since the Chiefs made it to the Super Bowl, Stutey wanted to give his friend, who has a huge passion for the Chiefs, a gift.
“I wanted to give him a little gift, a little present,” Stutey said.
He said he thought he’d show up on Saturday at the barber shop to show appreciation for the Chiefs.
“So we called up a few friends and asked if they wanted to be a part of it,” Stutey said. “Then, I called him this morning and made an appointment. He had no idea this many people were coming. He thought it was just my family. So we all just gathered at a certain time and brought him out and surprised him.”
The gift was former Chiefs player, the late Derrick Thomas’s autograph.
“I was able to get that before Derrick Thomas passed away,” Stutey said, adding they then had a parade.
“Just thought we’d walk around the block,” Stutey said.
Rodriguez was happy to get the gift.
“I’m grateful for the clients and the people of Newton,” Rodriguez said.