As Swifties and fantasy football enthusiasts are well aware, Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce has performed better with his new girlfriend, Taylor Swift, in attendance.
Now, on the latest episode of his ‘New Heights’ podcast, Travis has conceded as much to his brother, Philadelphia Eagles center, Jason Kelce.
‘How can I not be aware of this?’ Travis said.
As Jason explained, there is a stark contrast for Travis when Swift has been in attendance this season.
‘We all saw Taylor was in attendance and it is turning out it was good she was in attendance because they put your stats up,’ Jason began.
Taylor Swift, Brittany Mahomes and Randi Mahomes, with Jackson Mahomes in back
Kelce has caught 48 passes for 499 yards and four TDs over six games with Swift on hand
Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said that Taylor Swift is welcome to hang around
‘When T Swift is at the game you average 99 yards; when your remaining friends and family are there you average 46.5 yards,’ he continued. ‘Not only is social media noticing it but it appears Big Red is too.’
In this case, ‘Big Red’ appears to be a reference to Chiefs head coach, Andy Reid, who has enjoyed discussing Travis’ relationship with Swift with the media.
‘He was asked about your big game and he said ”Kelce is getting better with time, Taylor can stay around all she wants,’ Jason said, accurately quoting Reid’s comments following Sunday’s 31-17 win over the Los Angeles Chargers.
Travis replied: ‘I love Big Red, what a guy. If you’re getting Big Red’s approval and blessings you know you are doing something right.’
This season of the Kansas City Chiefs might someday be remembered for two distinct eras: pre-Taylor and post-Taylor.
Whether coincidence or fate or a function of true love, the Chiefs tight end has been on a tear since his overtures toward the pop superstar resulted in a newfound relationship. Travis was out with a hyperextended knee in Week 1, when the Chiefs lost to the Lions, and had four catches for 26 yards in his return against the Jaguars. But in the six games since Swift first watched Travis play, he’s caught 48 passes for 499 yards and four touchdowns.
Taylor Swift is seen in a luxury suite at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday in Kansas City
The Chiefs have also benefitted from Swift’s arrival, going undefeated with her in attendance
That includes a 12-catch performance for 179 yards and a score in a 31-17 win over the Chargers on Sunday, when Swift was back in an Arrowhead Stadium suite and chest-bumping Brittany Mahomes, wife of Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
In the four games Swift has attended, Travis has averaged 108 yards receiving. He averaged 46.5 in the two games she did not.
There is a chance that Travis is just 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 just how he did that. Take his game against the Chargers, a division rival that has seen him plenty of times yet was powerless to prevent him from finding open nooks and crannies in their defense.
In one case, Travis found a yawning chasm and ran 54 yards before he was finally brought down by the Chargers.
Taylor Swift’s had a definite impact on people attending Kansas City Chiefs games
‘The younger Trav would have scored on that one,’ Mahomes said with a smile, ‘I’ll say that.’
He might not have been that open, though. Mahomes said the biggest difference in the 34-year-old Travis from the one who broke into the league a decade ago is his ability to diagnose what the defense is doing, then quickly find a way to counteract it.
‘He’s played every single team and every single coverage,’ Mahomes said, ‘and knows every way to make them pay.’
That much is true regardless of whether Swift is in the house.