Harris Faulkner’s Life-Long Chiefs Super Bowl Dream is Alive
It has been 20 years since Harris Faulkner (former FOX4 anchor) left Kansas City in 2000. Even though she’s collected 6 Emmy Awards since then as face of daytime TV, (she anchors Outnumbered on FOX News and her news program at 1PM Outnumbered Overtime is #1 in cable) she’s still waiting for one more trophy – the Lombardi trophy. She’s been waiting for 26 years.
For the Kansas City Chiefs, it’s been 50 years since they’ve been to a Super Bowl. With Super Bowl LIV coming up on Sunday, Harris is hoping that her team is the one on the field when the confetti drops.
Did you grow up in Kansas City? In a household that cheered for the Chiefs?
No, I grew up on military bases all over— even Germany. My dad was a combat pilot—two tours in Vietnam. My parents were born and raised Texans. My dad is surrounded by Cowboys Nation even today. I have 11 cousins, aunts and uncles living in the Dallas and Fort Worth metro. As you might imagine, they are proud members of Cowboys Nation.
How did you become a Chiefs fan in the middle of Cowboy Nation?
Anchoring the evening news at the Fox station in Kansas City exposed me to Chiefs Kingdom. From carrying some of games to anchoring sports coverage when the Chiefs, led by Joe Montana, went to the AFC championship playoff in Buffalo, NY in 1994…I became a fan.
We hear there’s an NFL rivalry in your family…
My husband, Tony, roots for any team from Arizona. He grew up in Tucson and we now have a home in Scottsdale. In football, it’s the Cardinals for him. My oldest daughter, Bella (13) loves to see us cheering for our teams. She’s neutral. Her younger sister, Danika (10) and I are Chiefs loyal all the way!
As a big fan, talk a little about when the Chiefs looked like the team to beat last year, especially with all the success Mahomes had, and any heartbreak you felt when they lost in the Divisional Playoffs to the Patriots in OT.
The divisional playoffs loss to New England in 2018 stung. Most of the team I had on my shows “Outnumbered” and “Outnumbered Overtime” are from Boston. They love to remind me how great the Patriots and Tom Brady are. When they beat the Chiefs last post-season, it definitely was wake up call. When the Chiefs beat them in week 14, it seemed like redemption was in the making.
Here’s what I know about success: a shot at redemption is never to be taken for granted. In life, second chances can feel like you’re breathing rarified air. I’m confident that the motivational leader that Patrick Mahomes is proving to be, will keep the team in the moment and do what they need to do to win.
What were you feeling when the Chiefs went down to the Texans 21-0 in the first quarter of the AFC divisional playoffs?
Actually, I was live tweeting the game. I picked a web GIF of Cindy Brady (vintage Brady Bunch show) and tweeted #dropsies! Goodness gracious—it was like there was olive oil on the football, the Chiefs were dropping it so much!!!
How are you feeling leading up to the Super Bowl this weekend? Any crazy superstitions or traditions?
I’m feeling optimistic. Our defense proved against the Titans’ Derrick Henry that they can stop even the most talented running backs. That’s key because San Francisco’s Raheem Mostert is amazing. If the Chiefs contain the run, Patrick Mahomes can continue to shine and they will win.
I’m looking forward catching up with some long standing Chiefs greats like Hall of Famers Nick Lowery and Marcus Allen. And, Super Bowl and Hall of Famer Joe Theismann (former Redskin) has become a friend through his guest appearances on ‘Outnumbered’. Joe and I tweet during the games and he just told me he’s picking the Chiefs over the 49ers. Go Chiefs!!