- Not for the first time this season, Travis Kelce is a star on social media but it was nothing to do with Taylor
The bad blood between Travis Kelce and Andy Reid was gone as Super Bowl LVIII ended with a Kansas City Chiefs win as the pair were all smiles as they celebrated their second rings in a row following a dramatic 25-22 turnaround in Sin City.
Kelce’s vibe at the end of the game was an emphatic change after he bumped Andy Reid on the sideline during the second quarter, knocking the 65-year-old Kansas City coach a few steps back after teammate Isiah Pacheco fumbled inside the red zone.
Kelce ran over to Reid and screamed at him after the fumble.
‘You guys saw that?’ Kelce said. ‘I’m going to keep it between us unless my mic’d up tells the world. I was just telling him how much I loved him.’
Reid said Kelce just wanted to be on the field. ‘There’s nobody I get better than I get him,’ Reid said. ‘He’s a competitive kid. He loves to play. He makes me feel young. But my balance is terrible.’
Regardless of the actual reasons for the tiff, social media reacted with hilarity, comparing the spat to sandwich orders, anger over a potential remake of the 1990s hit movie Twister and a debate of the best T. Swift era.
The picture that inspired a thousand memes as Travis Kelce lambasts his coach, Andy Reid
The memes came thick-and-fast after the incident aired live during the big game
When asked about the incident, Kelce had nothing but praise for his coach.
‘I didn’t care about my catches. I just wanted to … I wanted the score to be different. Coach has asked us to speak our minds and I just wanted to let him know how much passion I had for this team,’ he told the media amid the celebrations.
‘He’s one of the best leaders of men I’ve ever seen in my life. And he’s helped me a lot with that, with channeling that emotion, with channeling that passion. I owe my entire career to that guy and being able to kind of control how emotional I get and just love him,’ he added.
This was the second sideline incident involving Kelce and Reid this season.
During a game against the Raiders on Christmas Day, an angry Kelce spiked his helmet on the sideline, and when a staff member tried to hand it back to the tight end so that he could take the field, Reid grabbed the helmet and refused to give it back.
Kelce finished with nine receptions for 93 yards, including a crucial catch in overtime, to help the Chiefs win their second straight Super Bowl.
One play after Kelce’s reception put the Chiefs on the 3-yard line, Patrick Mahomes found Mecole Hardman alone in the end zone for the winning TD, in the process helping Kelce keep his promise while sending Swift and everyone in her suite into a celebratory frenzy.
‘Never a doubt in my mind,’ Kelce said. ‘We’ve got the best quarterback in the league, we’ve got the best offensive line in the league, and we’ve got the most determination out of any team in the NFL and you saw all that tonight.
‘I guess at this point I take it for granted, but I know we’re in every single game I’ve ever played in, no matter what the score is or no matter how much time is left, that guy’s got magic in his right arm.’
One night after Swift earned her fourth career Grammy for album of the year last week, Kelce said he told her he’d ‘have to hold up my end of the bargain and bring home some hardware, too.’
Swift flew halfway around the world to watch her boyfriend, who also said during the Super Bowl week’s opening night on Monday, ‘I want this one more than I’ve ever wanted a Super Bowl before in my life.’
After the game, Kelce said it’s on to the next feat.