NO-ONE can begrudge Jim Tomsula his time in the Super Bowl spotlight.
The San Francisco 49ers defensive line coach is plotting the downfall of Baltimore Ravens in New Orleans tomorrow having taken the road less travelled. The 44-year-old Pittsburgh native puts some of his success down to the five years he spent honing his coaching skills with the Scottish Claymores.
It is a long way from Strathclyde University’s playing fields in Stepps to the New Orleans Superdome but Tomsula has fond memories of his time in Scotland. “It’s been a blast,” Tomsula said of his week in New Orleans, “It’s great to be at the Super Bowl but coaching in Scotland was great, too.
“I love the Scottish NFL fans and the Scottish people. Our kids went to St Patrick’s Primary and we really enjoyed living in Scotland. Hopefully, we’re going to get over there for a holiday this summer. The Scottish Claymores will always hold a special place in my heart.”
The 49ers fell one game short of the Super Bowl last year – when another former Claymore, Lawrence Tynes, made an overtime field goal for the New York Giants to ruin Tomsula’s night – but it simply made them more determined to get to the title game this year. “Coming this far, you know we’re not going to let up until the job is done,” he said.