Travis Kelce’s profile may be higher than ever, breaking records on the field with the Kansas City Chiefs, and dating Taylor Swift, one of the most famous women in the world, but according to bestie and teammate Patrick Mahomes, he’s still the same ol’ guy Mahomes has known for years.
Mahomes, the quarterback for the Chiefs, told reporters Wednesday that “he’s still Travis Kelce” despite all the attention, according to TMZ. “Travis has always been Travis.”
That includes bringing his signature golden retriever energy to work.
“He still will walk through the stadium and treat every single person like they’re his best friend,” Mahomes said. “And he’s going to be like that in the locker room every single day.”
While Mahomes’s fashion sense may be questionable – he paired a tailored suit with gleaming white Crocs at a recent photoshoot – the guy does know what he’s talking about when it comes to Kelce. The two have played together for seven seasons, and are tight off the field as well, a bond that appears to extend to Mahomes’ wife Brittany Mahomes and Swift. Brittany and Swift are often spotted sitting together in the VIP box at Chiefs games, even rocking matching custom Chiefs jackets emblazoned with the names and jersey numbers of their on-field SOs at the recent frigid match-up against the Miami Dolphins. The women have been seen out at dinner, too, and the two couples celebrated New Year’s Eve together in Kansas City.
Kelce has been football-famous for a long time, but, partially thanks to his relationship with Swift, he’s been promoted to famous-famous. He has, as he told Vanity Fair in a profile interview in summer 2023, shortly before his relationship with Swift became public, gotten his “face out from under the helmet.” His jersey sales skyrocketed some 400 percent in the US after Swift’s first VIP box appearance, and the phenomenon has extended to the UK as well. Even his brother, fellow pro player Jason Kelce, has enjoyed increased sales of his own Philadelphia Eagles jersey overseas, which he attributed to the dual effects of both Swift and confusion.
“I think I’m only number two [in sales] because a lot of people in the UK maybe just don’t watch football and they’re like, ‘oh, I heard this Kelce guy dates Taylor Swift,’ and they just buy my jersey on accident,” Jason said on the brothers’ New Heights podcast in December 2023.
With more eyes on Travis Kelce than ever before thanks to his talents on the gridiron and his association with Swift, this isn’t the first time that Mahomes has come to his friend’s defense with the press.
He admitted to reporters in December 2023 that he and the team had razzed the tight end a bit about his relationship early on. “I mean, it was a couple of jokes here and there in the beginning,” he said, but after a while, Swift became “just part of Chiefs Kingdom and she’s part of the team.”
Mahomes is still holding as tight to his good opinion of Swift and Kelce as he is to his love for Crocs. Kelce, he said Wednesday, has “just been himself the whole time.”