It’s an unforgettable end to an unbelievable NFL rookie season for Isiah Pacheco.
The 23-year-old Puerto Rican and Dominican American running back scored a touchdown to help lead the Kansas City Chiefs‘ to victory over the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LVII on Sunday.
On Sunday, he excelled with a touchdown and ran for 76 yards, with 15 carries and an average of 5.1 in each one.
His season was impressive, as he rushed for 830 yards with five touchdowns and averaged 4.9 yards per carry in the regular season.
Those numbers were highlighted by Patrick Mahomes, the team’s star, who singled him out for praise.
“He’s so physically gifted, it’s hard for defenses to account for how physical he is,” Mahomes said after the Divisional Round win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
And he proved that on Sunday, as the Eagles defense slowed him down on only a few occasions with hard hits, one in the fourth quarter, but he got up to stay in the game.
That commitment and dedication was rewarded for Pacheco, who keeps his feet on the ground and, as an NFL champion, knows that doing everything with effort and as a team is the best recommendation for all young players.
“Work, listen to your parents, put your best effort into everything you do,” he said when he was interviewed by ESPN during the celebrations.
“Coach always told us that teamwork is the most important thing.
“Today was an example that together we are all capable of achieving whatever we set out to do.”