Travis Kelce joked that he told Andy Reid how much he loved him.
Reid joked how Sunday’s sideline explosion during the 2024 Super Bowl showcased his lack of balance.
But the Chiefs star actually dropped an F-bomb on his head coach, according to lip reader Jeremy Freeman, who told the Post that Kelce’s message to Reid was: “Hey, come on you idiot, put me on.”
Another lip reader told the Daily Mail that Kelce shouted: “Leave me in. You bastard! I’m calm now!”
In the second quarter of the Chiefs’ 25-22 overtime win, Kelce approached Reid on the sideline, yelled at his head coach and even shoved him.
The Chiefs had just lost the ball in the red zone when running back Isiah Pacheco fumbled the ball away, and Kelce appeared frustrated that he wasn’t on the field for that snap, the CBS broadcast said.
While details were scarce on both, NFL Films will have mic’d up coverage of the game coming this week, and that sideline interaction would be a prime candidate to highlight if the league so chooses.
Travis Kelce yells at Andy Reid during the 2024 Super Bowl on Sunday. Getty Images
“Did you see that?” Kelce said. “I’m going to keep it between us unless my microphone tells the world. I just told him how much I loved him.”
Kelce and Reid hugged, and The Athletic also reported that Reid “patted Kelce on the shoulder” later in the quarter, and Kelce – who had just one catch for 1 yard in the first half – ended up playing a key role in the Chiefs’ second Super Consecutive bowl title and third in the last five years.
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He finished the game with nine catches for 93 yards, with 38 of them coming on Kansas City’s game-winning drive at the end of regulation and game-winning possession in overtime.
“It came out of nowhere,” Reid told NBC Sports after the game about their sideline situation. “But he is. He’s so tense. He says, “Don’t count me out!” I’m fine! I can do this!’ I love this intensity. It shines.”
Andy Reid and Travis Kelce on the Chiefs sideline during the 2024 Super Bowl. Getty Images
Kelce’s frustration also surfaced at other times during the 2023 season when the Chiefs’ offense struggled, including in a Christmas game against the Raiders when he banged his helmet on the sideline.
But before the Super Bowl, Andy Reid gave an enthusiastic response about how Kelce had learned to curb his “temper” since joining the Chiefs in 2013, the same year Reid was hired as head coach.
“The player was always really good,” Reid told CBS in a pregame interview. “He had a short temper and did some crazy things on the field. He was a challenge early on, but he grew up right before our eyes. He always had this heart, this soft heart, but he just had to grow out of the other things.”
Both Kelce and Reid have stated that they plan to return in 2024, keeping the essential pieces of their core, both players and staff, intact as the Chiefs pursue a third straight title. — With AP