Alumni News

KU alums compete in Super Bowl LVII training opposing teams
No matter which team takes home this year’s Super Bowl trophy, KU alumni will be winners.

No matter which team takes home this year’s Super Bowl trophy, KU alumni will be winners. Two KU alums who are athletic trainers are part of this year’s Super Bowl teams — only they’ll be on opposite sidelines.


Evan Craft, d’10, is an assistant athletic trainer for the Kansas City Chiefs and Trey Kunz, d’09, is a physical therapist/athletic trainer for the Philadelphia Eagles.


After months of work, practices and games, the two are excited to see their teams’ season-long efforts culminate on Sunday.


“It’s the ultimate reward,” Craft said. “That’s what we strive for with our players and getting them better. Everybody’s got the same mission.”


“It’s pretty much work every day, so it’s cool for it to culminate in a Super Bowl,” Kunz said. “I think that’s what anybody wants when they’re working on a team sport.”


Kunz has been with the Eagles for four seasons, making this his first Super Bowl. “Everybody’s kind of on the same page, which is just focused and willing to do whatever it takes to win and work hard,” he said.


Craft is in his tenth season for the Chiefs, having gone to three Super Bowls in the last four years.

“There's a lot of athletic trainers, coaches and support staff that work in the NFL for a long time and don't even go to one, so to do it three times is amazing,” Craft said.

Athletic trainers are responsible for the health, safety and injury rehabilitation of players, coaches and staff throughout the season and during game time. “We’re the first responders — the first line of defense,” Craft said.


When Craft and Kunz were at KU, the athletic training program was a bachelor’s degree in the School of Education and Human Sciences at the Lawrence campus. The program has since moved to the University of Kansas Medical Center, where it is now a two-year master’s degree.


Craft recalls the support he felt from the School of Education and his mentors at KU.


“They told us that we were only limited to what we what we wanted to do,” Craft said, “And I think that’s what really motivated me to work in football and professional sports.”


Just as Craft and Kunz overlapped during their time at KU meeting through mutual friends, the two Jayhawks run into each other now and then in the NFL too. They catch up occasionally over text and at each year’s NFL combine to wish each other “good luck” on the next season.


“It’ll be fun for both of us,” Kunz said. “I hope it’s a good game.”


— Rylie Koester

More Headlines

Copy the Leader: Crystal Fong

Crystal Fong, c’15, j’15, is a DEI and Talent Development Leader. We sat down with Crystal to learn what leadership means to her.

Driving with Jayhawks
Driving with Jayhawks: KU mascot coach Brian Carpenter

KU mascot coach Brian Carpenter, c’02 joins Driving with Jayhawks. Learn what it takes to fill the boots of Big and Baby Jay!

‘Hawks & Highways’ brings KU Alumni, KU Endowment across Kansas

The University of Kansas Alumni Association and KU Endowment are hosting “Hawks & Highways” gatherings in several Kansas communities this summer.

Copy the Leader: Stephanie Wittman

Stephanie Wittman, d’10 is a Health and Strength and Conditioning teacher at Tonganoxie High School. We sat down with Stephanie to learn what leadership means to her.

Copy the Leader: Jon Sabillón

Jon Sabillón, c’11, is an international DJ, entrepreneur, and music futurist. We sat down with Jon to learn what leadership means to him.

Jayhawks Give Back
Jayhawk helps communities grow through The Giving Grove

Tucked away in urban neighborhoods across the U.S. are little orchards making a big impact.

KU Alumni Association
KU Alumni receives Insight Into Diversity Magazine’s Inclusive Excellence Award

The KU Alumni Association will be featured, along with 31 other recipients, in the June 2024 issue of Insight Into Diversity magazine.

Driving with Jayhawks
Driving with Jayhawks: Flying Jayhawks

In the monthly Driving with Jayhawks series, we’re taking the best of KU on a ride through campus as we talk about their Jayhawk experience.

Tradition of Excellence Award honors student leaders

Eleven University of Kansas students were honored for their leadership on the Lawrence.

Welcome to the University
of Kansas Alumni Association

Your membership in the KU Alumni Association is the single most powerful way to make all of KU stronger, including the value of your own degree. Through your membership, the Association: