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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Donna Kelce will have to break out that now-familiar custom jersey — stitched from the back of Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce in front of Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce — once more this season. .
At least this time, she’ll get to see her boys in person.
For the first time in Super Bowl history, a pair of siblings will play each other on the NFL’s grandest stage. Kelce helped the Chiefs return to their third championship game in four seasons on Sunday night when they beat the Bengals for the AFC title, while Jason returned to lead the Eagles to the NFC title for the second time in six years over the 49ers. done.
“Good scenario to be in, you know?” Travis Kelce said. “My mom can’t lose.”
Or maybe can’t win.
In fact, there have been many famous NFL siblings over the years, and many had some memorable matchups: Peyton and Eli Manning, Tiki and Ronda Barber. But they never got to the same Super Bowl, or had to put their dear old mom in a position where one would be hoisting the Lombardi trophy at the other’s expense.
“It’s going to be an amazing feeling to play against them,” said Travis, whose team has gotten the better of big brother’s Eagles in the last three games. “I respect everyone out there in the Eagles organization. You won’t see me talking a lot of shit because of how much I love my brother. But it’s definitely going to be an emotional match.”
Jason Kelce was also—sometimes briefly—a chief fan on Sunday night, pulling on a Kansas City sweatshirt for nearly 3 hours between the Eagles’ 31-7 finish to San Francisco and his little brother’s 23-20 finish. . win over Cincinnati.
“It’s for the rest of the year,” Jason said with a smile. “I end up being a major fan.”
He’ll leave it to mom and dad.
While her husband, Ed, has kept most of the years private, Donna has been a fixture as she travels around the country to see her boys. During wild-card weekend last year, he started in Tampa Bay watching the Eagles against the Buccaneers, then hopped a plane to Kansas City to watch the Chiefs play the Steelers at night.
He’s already seen both of his sons win Super Bowls: The Eagles defeated the Patriots in Minneapolis in 2018, and the Chiefs rallied to defeat the 49ers in Miami two years later.
However, she hasn’t seen much of them lately. The way the playoff schedule was built around the divisional round and conference championship games, it was impossible for Donna to see both of her boys in person.
In any case, he’s come a long way from his solidly middle-class upbringing in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Jason blazed the trail as the star offensive lineman earning a scholarship to Cincinnati, and Travis soon followed suit. The two were NFL scouted during their college careers and caught the eye of one coach in particular: Andy Reid.
It was Big Red who, while coaching the Eagles, used a sixth-round pick on Jason during the 2011 draft. And two years later, after Reid made a fresh start in Kansas City, the Chiefs used a third-rounder to bring Travis into the fold.
“The older brother probably saved Travis from doing some crazy things. They talked him into falling into raked leaves maybe a time or two above the ladder,” Reid said Monday. “Listen, they’re both very competitive at heart. And be kind, that’s the biggest thing. They care and they care about the people and they care about their sport.
They are very good at it too.
Jason has been to six Pro Bowls and was voted All-Pro for the fifth time, and he has emerged as one of the best offensive linemen in Eagles history. Travis has been to eight Pro Bowls, just made his fourth All-Pro team and is second in NFL history behind Jerry Rice in playoff catches, yards and touchdowns.
Football is not the only thing they are good at.
The brothers have a new podcast called “New Heights with Jason and Travis Kelce,” which takes listeners on a rampage. Real-time ride through the NFL season. The weekly shows are recorded on Tuesdays and run 60 to 90 minutes, with two NFL stars playing off each other as if they were hanging out in mom’s basement.
Special guests include Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts and Chiefs counterpart Patrick Mahomes.
Reid said, “They have a good network there, and a good relationship.” “I think Travis has grown up a lot. Jason has probably matured a little bit more — Travis was a little immature. But he’s grown into a really good person.
“I’ve spent time in both of them,” Reid said, “so I feel like a part of the family.”
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