Story at a glance

  • Derrick Nnadi is a defensive tackle for the Kansas City Chiefs, winners of Super Bowl LIV.
  • After the win, the Kansas City Pet Project announced that Nnadi would be sponsoring all adoptable dogs at the shelter.
  • Adopters will not have to pay the adoption fee for any dogs that were up for adoption as of Super Bowl Sunday.

Derrick Nnadi made four combined tackles as part of the defense that helped the Kansas City Chiefs come from behind to win the Super Bowl against the San Francisco 49ers. But he’s celebrating with a different kind of assist.

Nnadi, who has now played two seasons in the NFL, will sponsor all adoptable dogs at the Kansas City Pet Project through his foundation. The KC Pet Project, an animal shelter in Missouri, made the announcement on social media after the game.


At a young age, the defensive tackle’s father taught him that "as Nnadi’s we don’t receive, we give,” according to his foundation’s website. A Virginia Beach native of Nigerian descent, Nnadi is known for his generosity, reaching out to victims in the aftermath of the 2019 mass shooting in his hometown.

"Growing up, I've always wanted to help out people," Nnadi told WTKR at the time. "In high school, college, I've always been around people with that same type of goal. My high school coach, Coach Scott, he's always instilled helping out the community, trying to be a big brother, so to speak."

As of Sunday, all adoptable dogs have had their adoption fee covered, minimizing the up-front costs for adoption. You can see all adoptable dogs on the KC Pet Project website.

Published on Feb 03, 2020