Some NFL fans seemed put off by Travis Kelce screaming at and bumping into Chiefs coach Andy Reid on the sideline during Super Bowl 2024, believing the tight end crossed a line despite the duo downplaying the situation after winning their third ring in five years.
Tom Brady knows the emotions of high-stakes football as well as anybody, having won a record seven Super Bowls while at times becoming visibly angry on the sidelines when things go awry, and he didn’t see anything wrong with Kelce’s actions.
“There’s always little family issues and of course I don’t mind seeing it ’cause I was a part of a lot of those things. Emotions are so high. You are definitely not centered and balanced. You’re not in a meditative state at that point. You are fully determined to go out there and to win,” Brady said on his Sirius XM show “Let’s Go!” with Larry Fitzgerald and Jim Gray.
“So I think a lot of the things that are said during the games, people should just let them fly off their back. And I actually think coach Reid handled it just awesome, like he always does, ’cause he just said, ‘I was a little off balance and Travis is such a competitor.’ And I love that because it just speaks to his leadership ability.”
Reid said on ESPN after the game that Kelce apologized and hugged him after the incident, while Kelce said he would keep what he said between him and his coach.
Lip reader Jeremy Freeman told The Post that Kelce yelled to Reid: “Hey, come on, you f–ker, put me on.”
Fitzgerald said that “people you love the most” are the ones you have the most fights with, noting he has most often fought with his brother.
“You grow up with somebody sleeping in the same bed, sharing a room, there’s gonna be issues,” the former Cardinals receiver said. “You’ve been coached by the same guy for many years, he understands you, you understand him. If you go a little bit further than you probably should, they understand ’cause they love you.”
“It speaks to the self-confidence that coach Reid has in himself, too, ’cause he doesn’t take that personally at all,” Brady responded. “He doesn’t look at that and feel like someone offended him. He takes it for what it is and doesn’t make it more than it is and doesn’t see someone’s trying to belittle him. Travis is not trying to do any of those things. He’s just trying to be fired up and stay in the moment.”
Kelce, 34, had just one catch for one yard in the first half but finished with nine catches for 93 yards.