Love Tip: Kelce, Reid wipes away bump, we’ll be back

  • Adam Teicher, ESPN Staff Writer February 12, 2024, 1:47 a.m. ET


    • Covered Chiefs for 20 seasons for Kansas City Star
    • Joined ESPN in 2013

LAS VEGAS – The partnership between Andy Reid and Travis Kelce continues for a twelfth season. Both said after the Kansas City Chiefs’ 25-22 overtime victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LVIII that they would rather return for another season than retire.

Their relationship hit another rough patch in the second quarter. After Chiefs running back Isiah Pacheco lost a fumble, Kelce pushed Reid on the sideline and yelled in his face before being led away by running back Jerick McKinnon.

This wasn’t the first confrontation between the two and likely won’t be the last given their plans to return to the Chiefs next season. This one was pretty lively, Reid was almost blown away.

He said afterward that he appreciated the veteran tight end’s passion.

“He threw me off balance,” Reid said, suggesting the contact was worse than it looked. “I wasn’t watching. He really came over.” [and saying]’Just put me in, I’ll score.’ I’ll score.’ So that’s really how it was. I love this. It’s not the first time. I appreciate him.

“What I love is that he loves the game and wants to help his team win. This isn’t a selfish thing. We understand that. He just threw me off balance.

Kelce said his emotions overwhelmed him.

“I didn’t care about my catches,” he said. “I just…I wanted the outcome to be different. Coach asked us to give our opinion and I just wanted to let him know how much passion I have for this team.”

“He is one of the best leaders of men I have ever seen in my life. And he really helped me channel those emotions, channel that passion. I owe my entire career to this guy and his ability to be kind, control how emotional I get and just love him.

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The Chiefs burnished their legacy by outlasting the 49ers. They are the fourth franchise to win three Super Bowl games in five seasons and the first in 20 years to win two straight Super Bowls.

“I know this is one of the best teams of all time, back to back,” Kelce said. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I’ve been able to take advantage of three times now, and each time it gets sweeter and sweeter. You can call us a dynasty. You can call us whatever you want. I know what we are.” “What I have is more special than what you’ve really seen in the NFL.”

Quarterback Patrick Mahomes built his own legacy, joining Tom Brady and Joe Montana as the only quarterbacks to win three Super Bowl titles and two regular-season MVP awards.

Only afterwards did he care to talk about his team’s place in history.

“I hope people remember not only the greatness we had on the field, but also the way we did it,” he said. “I feel like we enjoy it every day. We have fun, we play hard and it’s not always pretty, but we just fight until the end.”

“I know [some fans] Sometimes it gets boring when a team wins, but we try to enjoy it and just enjoy the moment we have together and just enjoy what we can do every day to bring out the best in each other.”


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