The most important American football game of the year, the Super Bowl, confirmed the Mexican presence on the field, with Alfredo Gutiérrez set to be part of the San Francisco 49ers team.
With less than a week until Super Bowl LVIII, a game that will be played this Sunday, February 11, at 3:30 PM PST, which will determine the champion of the National Football League (NFL). For this, two contenders come to this duel: the San Francisco 49ers as the best team in the National Conference; and the Kansas City Chiefs, champions of the American Conference and current defending NFL champions.
However, it should be noted that, for Mexican sports, there is one aspect that stands out from all of California. Among the entire “Niners” squad, the presence of a Mexican stands out. This is Alfredo Gutiérrez, a 28-year-old offensive lineman with number 77, who will be in the “Super Bowl”, competing to give his team the Vince Lombardi trophy.
Who is Alfredo Gutiérrez?
Gutiérrez was born on December 29, 1995, in Tijuana, Baja California. From a young age, he developed a passion for the game of football and, during his university years, he was part of the Tecnológico de Monterrey Borregos team.
With Tec, Gutiérrez played four seasons of collegiate American football in Mexico, highlighting 2019, when he managed to be crowned champion of the tournament of the National Student Sports Commission of Private Institutions (Conadeip). In 2021, through the International Player Pathway Program, he got an opportunity to try out in the NFL. After several filters and screens, the Mexican caught the eye of the San Francisco 49ers, a squad that in May of that same year announced his hiring.
By August 2022, The 6’9″ tall and 132 lbs Gutiérrez made his NFL debut in a game against the Minnesota Vikings. Now, in less than two years, in 2024, he will seek to join Efrén Herrera and Raúl Allegre in the select group of Mexicans who have won at least one Super Bowl in their careers, in addition to trying to be the first in 33 years, since 1991.