As autumn drifted into winter, the afterglow shined upon a Chiefs championship with the NFL draft drawing near.
While Kansas City had a Super Bowl to celebrate, another AFC franchise was primed to select a quarterback and zeroed in on a Louisiana product at No. 1 overall.
That was 1970, though it has a few notable similarities to 2020.
Indeed, a quick and closer look provided by NFL Research shows some head-scratching parallels between the Pittsburgh Steelers' historic, franchise- and NFL-changing 1970 NFL Draft and the Cincinnati Bengals' 2020 NFL Draft. And there's little doubt that the Bengals are hoping to find the same success that the Steelers did 50 years ago.
Held from Jan. 27-28 in New York City, the 1970 draft saw the AFC Central's Steelers sitting at No. 1.
Fifty seasons after the first NFL draft prior to the 1970 AFL/NFL merger, the 2020 draft sees the AFC North's Bengals sitting at No. 1.
In 1970, the Steelers changed their franchise forever with a Louisiana product taken at the top of the draft, when they selected Louisiana Tech's Terry Bradshaw.
The 6-foot-3.5, 221-pound Burrow is coming off one of the greatest single seasons in college football chronicle, having won the Heisman and led the Bayou Bengals to an undefeated NCAA championship.
In the clarity of reflection, it was hardly a star-studded draft for the league, but for the Steelers it was the start of their greatest decade and the turn of the franchise into one of the NFL's all-time finest franchises.
Bradshaw was taken first overall and quarterbacked the Steelers to four Super Bowl championships, collecting a most valuable player accolade, a Super Bowl MVP and three Pro Bowl trips. In the third round, the Steelers struck gold once more with the selection of Mel Blount. Blount was another Hall of Famer who turned in five Pro Bowl seasons and was likewise a huge part of those four Super Bowl titles.
For good measure, the Steelers also drafted receivers Ron Shanklin and Dave Smith in the second and eighth rounds, respectively, with both going on to be solid contributors
It was a draft that produced two Hall of Famers in Bradshaw and Blount (three if you include Ed George, who did not play for Pittsburgh, but went to the CFL and was a Hall of Famer there).
With Bradshaw and Blount, the Steelers selected cornerstones in a quartet of championships that transformed an also-ran into one of the most storied franchises.