Tom Brady defends Travis Kelce after Chiefs star angrily screamed at his coach Andy Reid during the Super Bowl: ‘You are fully determined to go out there and to win’
- Andy Reid said the Travis Kelce apologized and hugged him after the incident
- The Kansas City Chiefs went on to defeat the San Francisco 49ers in Las Vegas
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NFL legend Tom Brady has come to Travis Kelce’s defense after the Kansas City Chiefs tight end shoved and yelled at his coach Andy Reid at Super Bowl LVIII.
In the second quarter of Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers, Kelce’s frustration at being picked off sparked a sideline outburst with Reid on the receiving end. After knocking Reid off balance, quarterback Jerrick McKinnon grabbed Kelce away from the 65-year-old coach.
On Monday, Brady defended Kelce’s actions on his Sirius XM show ‘Let’s go‘ with Larry Fitzgerald and Jim Gray.
“There’s always little family issues and obviously I don’t mind seeing that because I’ve been a part of a lot of those things,” Brady said. ‘Emotions are so high. You are definitely not centered and balanced. You are not in a meditative state at that point. You are fully determined to go there and win.
‘So I think a lot of the things that are said during the games, people just have to let them fly off their backs. And I actually think coach Reid handled it just great, as he always does, because he just said, ‘I was a little off balance and Travis is such a competitor.’ And I love that because it just speaks to his leadership ability.’
Tom Brady defended Travis Kelce after the Kansas City Chiefs star yelled at coach Andy Reid
After Kelce was sacked in the second quarter, he tackled and knocked Reid off balance
Kelce was carted off the field and finished the first half of the Super Bowl with just one yard
The Chiefs went on to win their second straight title by defeating the 49ers, 25-22, in overtime
As Kelce received a lot of backlash for getting physical with his older coach, the words he said during the incident were no kinder. Lip reader Jeremy Freeman told the New York Post that Kelce yelled, “Hey, come on, you f*****, put me on.”
The decision to pull him came off a slow first-half performance that ended with one catch for one yard.
Kelce finished the game with nine receptions for 93 yards as the Chiefs secured a 25-22 overtime victory in Las Vegas. After the game, Reid said Kelce apologized to him after the incident and hugged him.
“It speaks to the confidence Coach Reid has in himself as well, because he doesn’t take it personally at all,” Brady added.
“He doesn’t look at it and feel like someone has offended him. He takes it for what it is and doesn’t make it more than it is and doesn’t see anyone trying to belittle him. Travis doesn’t try to do any of those things. He’s just trying to be fired up and stay in the moment.’
The Chiefs have now won three of the last five Super Bowls after appearing in four of them. With Sunday’s victory, they became the first rugby champions since Brady’s Patriots in 2003 and 2004.