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From Ivy League champion to Super Bowl champion, John Lovett ’19 is making his mark

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John Lovett during a comeback victory against Dartmouth.

Photo Courtesy of Beverly Schaefer / Princeton Athletics

During the 2018 Princeton football season, senior quarterback John Lovett ’19 was a force to be reckoned with. He led the Ivy League in passing touchdowns at 18 and helped his offensive team earn the distinction of the #2 scoring offense in the country. The co-captain led the Tigers to their first perfect season since 1984, concluding the season 10–0.

One season later, Lovett has another championship to add to his collection. This time, it’s the Super Bowl.


Lovett, the only two-time Bushnell Cup winner in Princeton history, signed as an undrafted free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs for this Rookie season. With rising star Patrick Mahomes running the show, the Chiefs didn’t need another quarterback

At training camp, Lovett proved himself a versatile player, showing that he deserved a place on the roster. He could have been placed in any position: tight end, full back, or special team.

Unfortunately, after making a name for himself during training, Lovett suffered a shoulder injury in the Chiefs’ first preseason game. Pulled for the remainder of the 2019–2020 season, Lovett was placed on the injured reserves list and spent the rest of the season rehabbing his shoulder, with hopes of coming back next year.

During his recovery, he has been learning from veterans on the team and head coach Andy Reid. On Sunday, Lovett watched from the stands with the other Chiefs players on injured reserves, as Mahomes led the team to victory in the NFL championship.

“This whole ride has been amazing. The season, the playoffs. I’m so fortunate to have been a part of it. This is just wild,” Lovett told GoPrincetonTigers.