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Steve Spagnuolo Receives Rare NFL Honor

Steve Spagnuolo is the only coordinator in NFL history to win a Super Bowl with two different teams
Steve Spagnuolo is the only coordinator in NFL history to win a Super Bowl with two different teams / Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
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Steve Spagnuolo is widely regarded as one of the NFL's most talented coordinator, a feared defensive mastermind with four Super Bowl titles.

Now, he's part of an elusive, esteemed group in league history. Spagnuolo was named one of two 2024 Paul “Dr. Z” Zimmerman Award winners by the Professional Football Writers of America (PFWA) on Tuesday, solidifying his status as one of the best defensive coordinators of all-time.

Spagnuolo and Titans' offensive line coach Bill Callahan become the 24th and 25th recipients of the award, joining one of the more exclusive clubs in NFL lore.

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The PFWA explains, "The Dr. Z Award is given for lifetime achievement as an assistant coach in the NFL. The award is named for Zimmerman, who covered the NFL for 29 years as Sports Illustrated’s lead pro football writer."

Spagnuolo first joined the NFL as an assistant for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1999 as a linebackers and defensive backs coach, eventually becoming the New York Giants' defensive coordinator in 2007 en route to his first Super Bowl.

He's since transformed the Chiefs defense after joining Kansas City in 2019, helping the Chiefs form the NFL's most ferocious defensive unit with another three Super Bowl wins. The Chiefs hope to become the first team in NFL history to win three straight Super Bowls, a feat that could land Spagnuolo in the Hall of Fame.

The only coordinator to ever win a Super Bowl with two different franchises, Spagnuolo is forever etched in history as one of the most important coaches who has ever been on the Chiefs' sideline.

It's a tremendous honor and 'Spags' deserves all that's coming to him.


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