Video: Vineland Comes Out to Honor Super Bowl Hero Isiah Pacheco
VINELAND — The South Jersey city of Vine was drenched in Kansas City Chiefs’ red on Sunday as local paid tribute on one of their own, Super Bowl winning running back Isiah Pacheco on the field he played high school football on at Gittone Stadium with an impressive parade and ceremony.
Pacheco, who rose from the sixth round draft pick late spring from Rutgers University to the starting running back for the Kansas City Chiefs as they captured the Super Bowl last February from the Philadelphia, was all smiles on his special day. Fans nearly filled the grandstand side of Gittone Stadium and hundreds lined Landis Street to follow the parade.
Pacheco’s high school coach Dan Russo was joined by the Vineland Mayor Anthony Fanucci and State Sen. Mike Testa, also a graduate of Vineland High School, joined Pacheco’s family, former youth coaches, and even the Rutgers marching band, cheerleaders, dance team and some of his former teammates.
Several recognized event organizer and longtime community advocate Sheena Santiago, with the City of Vineland, for organizing an impressive event that showcased Pacheco, his family and the city.
In all, it was an impressive play of support for Pacheco, who racked up the sixth highest running total for a rookie playing in the Super Bowl during February’s big game.
Pacheco humbly thanked the community at the end of the ceremony in an event that lasted nearly three hours with the parade and on-field ceremony.
Watch Front Runner New Jersey’s Live video of the event, including an on-the-spot interview with Pacheco.
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