Chiefs, Vikings Share Childhood Photos of Caitlin Clark, Paige Bueckers to Pick Rooting Interests

Apr 4, 2024; Cleveland, OH, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes guard Caitlin Clark (22) smiles during a practice.
Apr 4, 2024; Cleveland, OH, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes guard Caitlin Clark (22) smiles during a practice. / Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Chiefs and Minnesota Vikings made their choices for Friday night's NCAA women's Final Four matchup between Iowa and UConn clear by posting some childhood photos of the basketball teams' biggest stars.

Iowa's Caitlin Clark grew up in Des Moines, Iowa, with the closest NFL team being the Chiefs. The basketball star has been outward in her support for the Chiefs in the past, so it was only fitting that the Chiefs returned the favor by posting a picture of a young Clark sporting Kansas City gear.

"You cheered for us. Now it's our turn!" the Chiefs' social media post read. "All of Chiefs Kingdom is rooting for you tonight."

UConn's Paige Bueckers grew up in Edina, Minn., rooting for the Vikings. The NFL team has posted about the Huskies' star before, but the social media team posted a photo of a young Bueckers in a Vikings football uniform, pads and all, ahead of Friday night's game.

"She grew up cheering for us and now we're cheering for her," the post read. "Good luck in the women's Final Four Paige!"

Iowa vs. UConn tips off at 9:30 p.m. ET, with the winner booking a trip to the national title game on Sunday.

Madison Williams


Madison Williams is a Staff Writer on the Breaking & Trending News Team at Sports Illustrated, where she has covered the entire sports landscape since 2022. She specializes in tennis, but covers a wide range of sports from a national perspective. Before joining Sports Illustrated, Madison worked with The Sporting News. She hails from Augustana College and completed a Master’s in Sports Media at Northwestern University. Madison is a dog mom and an avid reader.