By Alex Raskin Sports News Editor for DailyMail.com and The Associated Press
12:57 25 October 2023, updated 13:55 25 October 2023
- Kelce averaged 99 receiving yards a game with the Swifts and 45 otherwise.
- The tight end acknowledged the audience’s inclination: ‘How could I not know about this?’
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Now, on the latest episode of his ‘New Heights’ podcast, Travis has admitted a lot to his brother, philadelphia eagles Center, Jason Kelce.
‘How could I not know about this?’ Travis said.
As Jason explained, there’s been a huge contrast for Travis when Swift has been present this season.
‘We all saw that Taylor was in attendance and it’s good that she was in attendance because they put up your stats,’ Jason began.
‘When Tee Swift is in the game you average 99 yards; When the rest of your friends and family are there you average 46.5 yards,’ he added. ‘Not only is social media taking notice, but it appears Big Red is taking notice too.’
In this case, there appears to be a reference to ‘Big Red’ Head Head Coach, Andy ReidWho has enjoyed discussing Travis’ relationship with Swift with the media.
Jason accurately quoted Reid’s comments after Sunday’s 31-17 win over the Los Angeles Chargers, saying, ‘He was asked about your big game and he said, ‘Kelce gets better over time. Taylor can live as per her wish.
This season of the Kansas City Chiefs may someday be remembered for two distinct eras: pre-Taylor and post-Taylor.
Whether coincidence, fate or the result of true love, Chief has been on a tear since his proposal to the pop superstar resulted in a new relationship. Travis was out in Week 1, when the Chiefs lost to the Lions, with a knee hyperextension, and in his return against the Jaguars he had four catches for 26 yards. But in the six games since Swift saw Travis play for the first time, he has caught 48 passes for 499 yards and four touchdowns.
That included a 12-catch performance for 179 yards and a score in Sunday’s 31-17 win over the Chargers, when Swift was back in the Arrowhead Stadium suite and chest-bumping Brittany Mahomes, the wife of Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
In the four games that Swift has participated in, Travis has averaged 108 yards receiving. His average in the two games was 46.5, which he did not have.
It’s likely that Travis is defying logic by getting better with age.
Even though he turned 34 earlier this month, the same age as retired tight end Rob Gronkowski, Travis continues to make plays that leave everyone wondering how he does it. Take his game against the Chargers, a division rival who has watched him numerous times yet was unable to stop him from finding open corners in their defense.
In one case, Travis found a deep pass and ran 54 yards before the Chargers finally took it down.
‘Young Trav would have scored on that,’ Mahomes said with a smile, ‘that’s what I’ll say.’
However, he may not have been that open. Mahomes said the biggest difference between the 34-year-old Travis and the Travis who entered the league a decade ago is his ability to figure out what the defense is doing, then immediately find a way to counter it.
“He’s played every single team and every single coverage and he knows every way to pay,” Mahomes said.
This is true whether Swift is in the house or not.