Travis Kelce leads the Chiefs locker room party after winning the Super Bowl with Taylor Swift cheering him on in Vegas – but it all could have ended terribly when he SHOVED coach Andy Reid, 65, in the team’s early struggles
Sipping from a golden bottle of champagne, Travis Kelce led a raucous rendition of ‘We Are The Champions’ in the Kansas City Chiefs locker room as he celebrated his fairytale ending to an NFL season unlike any other.
Moments earlier, Kelce told reporters he felt “on top of the world” after winning a second straight Super Bowl and celebrated by kissing girlfriend Taylor Swift on the field. The singer raced back from Japan to Las Vegas and four consecutive Eras Tour shows, the last of which was Saturday night, to cheer him on.
Blake Lively, rapper Ice Spice, parents Andrea and Scott and Kelce’s family joined her in a VIP suite – for which Kelce reportedly paid $1 million. Together, they endured the tension of one of the most dramatic Super Bowls in history as the Chiefs pulled off a thrilling 25-22 overtime victory over the San Francisco 49ers.
But while Kelce, 34, was pictured leading the celebrations in Sin City as his teammates passed cigars, it couldn’t be forgotten how he was almost the villain of the piece when things didn’t go with a bang in the first half do not have. Allegiant Stadium.
With the Chiefs offense sputtering, Kelce was called off the field for a play by head coach Andy Reid, but with the end zone in sight, wide receiver Isiah Pacheco made a rare fumble and the 49ers took possession got back
Travis Kelce was at the center of the Chiefs locker room party after winning the Super Bowl
The Chiefs star was even seen drinking from what appeared to be a golden bottle of champagne
Kelce said he felt ‘on top of the world’ as he celebrated with Taylor Swift on the field in Vegas
And Kelce appeared to wrap up the festivities with his team after the game
Kelce and Swift kissed on the field after she raced back from Japan to cheer him on
Kelce suggested he was making his way back into the Chiefs locker room after an emotional Super Bowl
Still, Kelce could have been the villain when he shoved his coach Andy Reid (65) in the first half.
That prompted a wild and angry response from Kelce, who rushed at his coach Reid, 65, and shoved him while yelling in his face. Reid, caught off guard, nearly tripped before Kelce was led away by teammate Jerick McKinnon.
It was a bad look for Kelce, who has form for this sort of thing. When the Chiefs collapsed after a Christmas Day loss to the Las Vegas Radiers in Kansas City, Kelce appeared to shoulder Reid moments after he slammed his helmet to the floor.
In the first half, Kelce played, in his own words, like “a jabroni,” taking one catch for one yard. His team went into the interval trailing by seven points.
But he returned to his exciting best in the second and as the game went into overtime, Kelce finished with nine receptions for 93 yards. With 16 seconds left in the game and the Chiefs down by three, Kelce burst forward on a blistering 22-yard run to put his team in comfortable field goal range to force overtime.
His final catch set up the game-winning touchdown, with the reigning Patrick Mahomes finding Mecole Hardman to win the game. This made the Chiefs the first team to win back-to-back games since Tom Brady’s New England Patriots in 2003 and 2004.
After that, Kelce threw down the gear for his team to challenge for a three-sweep next year – a feat never before accomplished in the NFL.
At the podium as the Chiefs claimed the Super Bowl trophy, Kelce told the crowd: ‘We get a chance to do it three times in a row. I’ll see you all next year.’
As for the collision with Reid, Kelce was eager to downplay the incident.
Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes leaves the field after an all-time great performance
After winning his third Super Bowl, Mahomes took a moment to reflect on his latest accomplishment
Kelce (far left) and Reid celebrate after the Chiefs’ overtime victory
After the win, Kelce immediately talked about coming back and chasing a ‘three-peat’.
“Oh, you guys saw that?” Kelce told CBS. ‘I’ll keep it between us. I just told him how much I love him.’
It was a sentiment Kelce reaffirmed in his postgame media conference when reporters asked him about Reid.
“I have the best coach this game has ever seen,” he said. ‘He is amazing and not only in that everyone is prepared. One of the best leaders of men I have ever seen in my life.
‘He helped me a lot to channel that emotion, to channel that passion and I owe my whole career to that and how to control how emotional I get. I just love him.’
Reid was just as eager to bury the hatchet with Kelce, telling CBS: ‘He keeps me young. He tested that hip out. He caught me off balance – normally I get him a bit but I had no feet under me.’
Kelce and Mahomes were soon filmed leaving Allegiant Stadium, where they are expected to party into the night in Vegas.
“On top of the world right now, baby,” Kelce told reporters. “It’s a good feeling.”
Jerick McKinnon (No. 1) poses with a cigar next to Skyy Moore in the locker room
Kelce will return to Kansas City for the team’s victory parade while Swift’s schedule from here is unclear – she begins a tour of Australia next weekend in Melbourne.
But the scenes on the field in Vegas would hardly have been believable when the season started in September and Swift and Kelce’s relationship was still under wraps,
They went public at a Chiefs game on Sept. 24 when Kelce led his team to an impressive 41-10 victory over the Chicago Bears at Arrowhead Stadium.
Back then, in the blazing Kansas City sunshine, the bold and fanciful talk was that Kelce would win the Super Bowl again with the world’s biggest star cheering him on.
And yet he did it now. A three-peat next? With Mahomes by his side, a coach who embraces his flaws and his prodigious talent and is embracing life from strength to strength with Swift, it’s brave to bet against Kelce.