In every successful sports season, the appearance of bandwagon fans is inevitable. It’s just fun to cheer for a team that’s winning, there’s no shame in that. Taylor Swift, though she’s new to hardcore NFL fandom this year, can be called no such thing: She’s stuck with the Kansas City Chiefs and attended games whether they were winning or losing, even braving absolutely frigid temperatures to do so. It probably doesn’t hurt that her boyfriend, Travis Kelce, is the team’s celebrated tight end.
The commitment to the Chiefs Kingdom has paid off, and the team is now headed to the Super Bowl on February 11, a slot finalized Sunday when the Chiefs beat the Baltimore Ravens on the road. They will head to Las Vegas next month to play against the San Francisco 49ers in their second straight Super Bowl appearance.
On this week’s episode of New Heights, the podcast Travis co-hosts with his brother Jason Kelce, the beaming brothers recapped the win and celebrations. Swift, Jason Kelce, and other family members rushed the field to congratulate Travis and his teammates in the immediate aftermath of the game, with Swift sweeping Travis up into a big kiss, exchanging mutual declarations of love.
Of winning the deciding game on the road, Travis told his brother on the podcast, “It feels like it’s a little bit sweeter, man. This road to where we are now has been more of a challenge, which means you have to overcome more, so it means a little more. It meant a lot, man.”
Though he didn’t specifically name Swift as his MVP (most valuable paramour), Travis did have a few words especially for her, smiling as Jason showed a photo of Chiefs head coach Andy Reid and Swift pointing at each other over a crowd as Reid stood on the dais to accept the team’s trophy.
“Going to the Super Bowl, baby!” Travis said of the sweet moment. “Obviously we’ve already talked about how they kind of know each other from the Philly days, Scott Swift, shout out to Big Scott, he and Andy are good friends. I didn’t get to see it because I was up on the stage screaming ‘fight for your right,’ that was a cool moment.”
Later in the episode, while reading a tweet joking about Swift heading to the Super Bowl “in her rookie year,” Travis said, “Shout out to Tay, thanks for joining the team.”
It remains unknown whether Swift will actually attend the Super Bowl in person, as she’s resuming the international leg of her Eras Tour. She’s scheduled to play a concert in Tokyo, and it seems physically possible for her to make it to Vegas for kickoff if she leaves right after the show, but only time will tell whether the Chief’s most notorious fan will make the trip to the kingdom.