From Atlanta to the Super Bowl: Sean McVay's parents say son is 'living out dream'

ATLANTA — Super Bowl LIII is a homecoming for Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay.

He grew up in Atlanta, where he played several sports and led his high school team to a state championship.

Channel 2 sports director Zach Klein sat down with McVay's parents, who talked about the many mentors who are part of their son's success, including some right here in Atlanta.

Tim and Cindy McVay are proud parents who still have their son's pictures and awards hanging on the wall. Now, their son and his team are in a position to win football's biggest game and hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

"There's nothing better than watching your own child live out their dreams," Cindy McVay said. "Makes my stomach kind of tingle. We'll be anxious and nervous -- but when we get a chance to see him, I calm down a bit. This is what he's worked for.”

"Are you able to enjoy the moment since what happened in New Orleans?" Klein asked.

"We're making sure we're enjoying every second," Cindy McVay said.

Sean McVay's grandfather, John, was the 49ers' general manager, and had five Super Bowl rings. His father played college football.


"Started with grandpa. I would take Sean and Ryan to practice," Tim McVay said. "What kid doesn't like to go and meet Joe Montana, Steve Young, Jerry Rice and get their autographs?"

But the McVays told Klein not all of Sean's mentors are famous.

Some of them are coaches, teachers and family friends here in his hometown.

“Sean having a chance to play (quarterback) at Marist, learn and study -- really recognized and picked up on that -- see all that, players, coach,” Tim McVay said.

The McVay family knew the Grudens from Tim's college playing days.

Jon Gruden helped Sean McVay get his first NFL job.

Everyone at Channel 2 Action News knows Tim McVay well. He was the station's general manager before retiring just over a year ago.