What Travis Kelce told Andy Reid at Super Bowl 2024: Lip readers
Travis Kelce joked that he was telling Andy Reid how much he loved him.
Reid mocked how their outburst on the sideline on Sunday during the 2024 Super Bowl showed his lack of balance.
But the Chiefs star dropped a bomb on his head coach, according to lip reader Jeremy Freeman, who told The Post that Kelce’s message to Reed was: “Hey, come on, motherfucker, put me in my place.”
Another lip-reader told the Daily Mail that Kelsey shouted, “Keep me in there.” damn you! I’m calm now!
In the second quarter of the Chiefs’ 25-22 overtime win, Kelce approached Reid on the sideline, shouted and even bumped into his head coach.
The Chiefs had just lost the ball in the red zone, fouled running back Isiah Pacheco, and Kelce was apparently frustrated about not being on the field on that snap, according to the CBS broadcast.
While both were scarce on details, NFL Films will have up-to-the-minute coverage of the game coming up this week and this sideline interaction would be a prime candidate to highlight if the league wants.
“You guys saw that?” Kelsey said. “I’ll keep it between us unless my mic tells the world. I was just telling him how much I love him.”
Kelce and Reid hugged, and The Athletic also reported that Reid “patted” Kelce on the back, later in the quarter, and Kelce — who had just one ball for one yard in the first half — ended up playing a key role in the Chiefs’ second Super Bowl title Consecutively and third in the past five years.
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He finished with nine catches for 93 yards, with 38 of those coming on Kansas City’s game-tying drive at the end of regulation and the game-winning possession in overtime.
“It came out of nowhere,” Reid told NBC Sports after the game of their sideline situation. “But this is him. It’s over so badly. He’s like, ‘Don’t count me out! I’m fine! I can do it!’ “I love that intensity. It radiates.”
Kelce’s frustration showed at other times throughout the 2023 season as the Chiefs’ offense struggled, including a Christmas Day game against the Raiders when he hit his helmet on the sideline.
But before the Super Bowl, Andy Reid gave a glowing answer about how Kelce has learned to contain his “nerves” since joining the Chiefs in 2013 — the same year Reid was hired as head coach.
“The player was always really good,” Reed told CBS in a pregame interview. “Now, he had a temper, so he would go out and do some crazy things on the field. It was an early challenge, but he grew up before our eyes. He’s always had that heart, that soft heart, but he’s had to grow and get rid of the other things.”
Both Kelce and Reid said they plan to return in 2024, which will keep key parts of their core, of both players and staff, intact as the Chiefs aim for a third straight title. — With AP
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