American Football: Super Bowl punter's Kiwi parents excited for America's biggest game

A Kiwi mum and dad will be taking a keener interest than most in Monday's Super Bowl between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs, with their son playing in the NFL's pinnacle event.  

Marty and Penny Wishnowsky are the parents of Mitch Wishnowsky, the punter for the San Francisco 49ers.   

"We're definitely nervous about the Super Bowl, we would love him to win it," said Penny. 

Marty and Penny are originally from Hawke's Bay but their son was born and raised in Australia.

This isn't Wishnowsky's first Super Bowl experience. He became the first Australian to ever play in American Football's biggest game in Super Bowl LIV, however, his 49ers lost 31-20 to the Kansas City Chiefs.  

"He was sports-mad from a tiny tot, but I didn't think it would be American football," Penny laughed.  

It was simply by chance the Aussie ended up in the US.   

"He had a couple of friendly games of American football, and someone took film of him and sent it over to someone over there and they contacted him."  

Now their son is looking to create another piece of history on Monday.   

"I'm living my dream as good as it is so I'm with that, but I would love to win a Super Bowl and be the first Aussie to play in it and win it."