YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A lot of Youngstown ties in the Super Bowl. The Debartolo family of Boardman owns the 49ers and then Deland McCullough is the running backs coach for the Kansas City Chiefs. He has ties to Youngstown and Campbell.
On Sunday, McCullough’s family and friends came together for a watch party, while Campbell High School graduate Deland McCullough took the field for his first Super Bowl.
They all gathered at McCullough’s aunt and uncle’s house.
His uncle, Nathan Fields, is in charge of cooking for the party. Fields told First News that McCullough had given him a Chief’s apron to wear so that he could cook in style.
The family of the running backs coach have waited for this moment since Kansas City beat Tennessee two weeks ago.
For everyone that knew McCullough, this level of success was no surprise.
“His mind state was just so determined that this is where he would be, one way or another. In a sense, this is his destiny, his destiny becomes the truth and I can’t be no more prouder,” said McCullough’s childhood neighbor, William Johnson.
Family members describe McCullough as laser-focused.
“He’s a hard working person. Whatever he has attempted, he has succeeded in,” said McCullough’s aunt Adeline Fields.
“Deland isn’t really a nervous kind of person. He’s more of a–there’s a challenge, it’s like that stealth spirit rises up in him and it’s all about the conquer,” said Debórah Benton, McCullough’s cousin.
But even with the pressure of the biggest game of the year, McCullough still finds time for his mom, Adelle Comer.
“I was happy he called me today and took time out to call me,” said Comer.
Family members predicted a lot of different scores, all with Kansas City winning, but mom didn’t need a score.
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