Christian McCaffrey opens a photo of his dad Ed celebrating on the field after the Super Bowl XXXIII win

By Isabelle Baldwin for Dailymail.Com

05:27 08 February 2024, Updated 06:19 08 February 2024

San Francisco 49ers star Christian McCaffrey admitted in 1999 that he was unaware of the significance of his father's Super Bowl victory.

McCaffrey Jr. has a chance to join his dad, Ed, as Super Bowl champions when his San Francisco 49ers take on the Kansas City Chiefs in the NFL's clash on Sunday in Las Vegas.

Ed McCaffrey is a three-time Super Bowl winner, winning once with the 49ers and twice with the Denver Broncos, including Super Bowl XXXIII when Christian was two years old.

Before the running back's shot at glory, a photo of a young Christian toddler walking around the confetti-strewn stadium with his dad and the Broncos in 1999.

When asked about the photo during the Super Bowl this week, the MVP contender admitted he still doesn't understand the significance of the event at that age.

Christian McCaffrey opens a photo of his father during his Super Bowl victory in 1999
Two-year-old McCaffrey was captured running down the field after his dad Ed won.
Christian (R) poses with wide receiver Ed and his older brother Max after a game in 2002

'I don't think I know what's going on,' he admitted to reporters in Sin City on Wednesday.

'It must have been me and my older brother Max being full of joy, we were excited because we had an open field to play in.'

If Christian wins it with the 49ers, they will become only the second father and son in NFL history to win the Super Bowl with the same franchise.

They will be joined by Niners head coach Kyle Shanahan and one-third of his dad, Mike, who also succeeded Ed McCaffrey as San Francisco's head coach.

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Shanahan's dad, Mike, lost two Super Bowls as an offensive coordinator with Denver before moving to San Francisco and winning one in 1995. He later won two more as head coach of the Broncos.

“I remember watching my dad after those Super Bowls when I was a coordinator in Denver when I was young and how hard it was for him,” Shanahan said. 'So I think any time you come close and lose the last one, it's definitely tough.'

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