At Super Bowl LVIII opening night Monday, Travis Kelce drew a large group of media members. It wasn’t long before the Kansas City Chiefs tight end was asked about his girlfriend Taylor Swift, the music superstar who won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year on Sunday night.
“She’s rewriting the history books,” Kelce said of Swift’s Grammy accolades. “I told her I need to hold up my end of the bargain and bring home some hardware, too.”
Swift’s first appearance at an NFL game this season was Sept. 23, 2023, when she sat in a box at Arrowhead Stadium to watch Kelce and the Chiefs take on the Chicago Bears. Since then, Swift has attended several Chiefs games, including their playoff victories over the Buffalo Bills and the Baltimore Ravens. Kelce praised Swift’s “unbelievable fan base” who “follows and supports her life.”
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“It’s been fun to gather the Swifties into Chiefs Kingdom,” Kelce said, “to open them up to the football world.”
In his annual news conference ahead of Super Bowl LVIII, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said that “having the Taylor Swift effect” is a positive when asked about the NFL’s increased viewership. The AFC Championship Game between the Chiefs and Ravens averaged 55.473 million viewers in the early window (3:03-6:12 p.m. ET). It was the most-watched AFC Championship Game ever, according to CBS.
“She knows great entertainment and that’s why she loves NFL football,” Goodell said on Swift.
Swift — while accepting the Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album — announced her new album “The Tortured Poets Department” will drop on April 19. Kelce didn’t want to reveal too much but said he heard some of the album.
When asked about the Super Bowl matchup against the San Francisco 49ers, Kelce said he prefers “the biggest and the best challenges out there.”
“I’m going to get that on Sunday,” he said. “It’s going to be awesome to go out there and try to get this win against the 49ers with this team after everything we’ve been through.”
Kelce hopes to continue a dominant postseason. Through three playoff games, he has 22 catches for 262 yards and three touchdowns. Against the Ravens in the AFC Championship Game, he passed Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice for the most postseason receptions all-time.
After collecting her Grammy awards, Swift is off to Japan to perform four shows in Tokyo. She could still make it in time for kickoff of Super Bowl LVIII.
Swift may be on the Eras Tour but Kelce said he’s in his “Super Bowl” era. With a win Sunday, Kelce will become the seventh tight end in NFL history to win three Super Bowls, joining a list that includes Rob Gronkowski and Shannon Sharpe.
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