Donny Osmond says he was rooting for the Kansas City Chiefs to win Super Bowl LIV, but it’s not just because he’s friends with the team’s head coach, Andy Reid. In a cute post to Instagram, the Donny & Marie star revealed that it’s the city’s barbecue that really swayed his vote between two teams he has a history with.
Donny posted a throwback photo to Instagram with a caption explaining why he decided to root for the Chiefs over the San Francisco 49ers for the 2020 championship game. The “Puppy Love” singer, who is a big football fan, is shown standing in a packed stadium in the classic shot.
In the caption to the photo, the Osmond brother detailed his “predicament” in deciding which team to root for for Super Bowl LIV. The 62-year-old singer revealed that he has been a “big” San Francisco 49ers fan ever since the team asked him to sing the national anthem at one of their games years ago.
But Donny also pointed to his long friendship with Chiefs coach Reid and his wife Tammy. The singer shared that he been communicating with Reid over text in recent days and wished him well in the Super Bowl.
In the end, Donny’s love for food trumped all. The Masked Singer alum said he was swayed to root for Kansas City, based on the delicious food the city is known for. Donny name-checked the Q39 restaurant for its world-class barbecue. The wood-fired grill is located in the heart of Kansas City, and Donny is clearly a superfan of the eatery’s burnt end appetizer.
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@49ers or @chiefs? I've been facing an interesting predicament leading up to this year's #SuperBowl, but I've finally made up my mind… I'm a big #49ers fan and have been ever since they asked me to sing the National Anthem at what used to be Candlestick Park. On the other hand, the Chief's head coach, Andy Reid, and his wife, Tammy, are good friends of mine. I've been chatting with Andy over text and wishing him well in the big game. But even if Andy and Tammy weren't reason enough to sway my allegiance (which they are), my taste buds really sealed the deal. Kansas City holds a special place in my heart for its world-class barbeque. I had the best I've ever tasted at a restaurant called Q39. Oh my goodness… you have to try their burnt end appetizer! ???????? So there you have it. Go Chiefs! ???? Who are you rooting for this #SuperBowlSunday?
In comments to the post, many fans agreed with Super Bowl Donny’s choice — and his restaurant suggestion.
“Sounds like an out of the way detour might be called for when I drive my dad home from Alabama,” one fan wrote of Donny’s suggestion.
“It’s the BEST!” another commenter wrote of the BBQ joint. “I’m there every time I visit Kansas City.”
“I was on the fence… you swayed me to the Chiefs,” a third follower wrote.
Of course, Donny has nothing to do with the Chiefs’ win or the 49ers’ loss at Super Bowl LIV. But 35 years ago, San Francisco fans pointed fingers at him. When Donny and his sister, Marie Osmond, performed the national anthem at a 1984 49ers game at Candlestick Park, some thought the squeaky clean duo brought the wrong “vibe” to the game. Some even blamed the singers for the 49ers’ surprising loss that day, according to The San Francisco Chronicle.
“If Huey [Lewis] or Jeffrey Osborne would have sung the national anthem, we would have won that game,” wide receiver Mike Wilson told the Chronicle at the time. “Hands down. Guaranteed.”