The Kelce Bowl


The first two brothers to play in the Super Bowl together.

Alberto De Santiago, Staff Writer

As you probably all know, Super Bowl LVII has ended and we had a good matchup between the two number one seeds, the Kansas City Chiefs and the Philadelphia Eagles. The Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles both went 14-3, earned the No. 1 seed in their respective conferences, and advanced to Super Bowl LVII or the “Kelce Bowl,” as some are calling it.

This was a special Super Bowl because the Kelce brothers as we know them, Travis Kelce, a Tight End for the Kansas City Chiefs, and Jason Kelce, a Center for the Philadelphia Eagles, will be the first brothers to play in the Super Bowl together. Kansas City’s Travis Kelce has built a case as the best tight end ever, while his older brother Jason ranks as one of the league’s premier linemen.

Travis Kelce ended with six receptions for 81 yards and a touchdown and a Super Bowl win, having a dominant game against the Eagles. Jason Kelce, although an offensive linemen, still was very dominant and allowed 0 sacks and 0 QB pressures.

The football players Jason and Travis Kelce, wearing team-issued Super Bowl apparel, stand on either side of their mother, Donna Kelce, who is wearing a jersey with Travis’s Kansas City uniform on the front and Jason’s Philadelphia uniform on the back.
Donna Kelce will watch her sons, Jason and Travis, make history as the first siblings to take their rivalry to the Super Bowl.

Despite both being good brothers and launched into stardom because of football, these brothers have some striking differences which distinguish them from one another. Raised in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, the Kelce brothers were college teammates at Cincinnati from 2008 to 2009. Travis Kelce was suspended for the entire 2010 season for failing a drug test. During his senior year, Travis Kelce caught 45 passes for 722 yards and eight touchdowns, earning first-team all-conference honors. Jason Kelce earned second-team all-conference honors and started all 13 games in his senior year. Jason Kelce was selected in the sixth round of the 2011 draft, while Travis was selected in the third round two years later.

As N.F.L. pros, both are known as cheerful team leaders with different approaches. Travis, the highlight-reel playmaker, tends to celebrate touchdowns with ball spikes and dancing. He is known for leading Kansas City fans and teammates in shouting “you gotta fight for your right to party!” after big wins. Jason, playing a workman position on the offensive line, is considerably less flashy but still a vocal leader in the Eagles’ locker room.

In contrast to their almost contradictory presences on the field, the two last year started a weekly podcast, dubbed, New Heights with Jason and Travis Kelce, that has grown in popularity to have over 500,000 subscribers on its YouTube channel. There’s a reason they’re the Kelce brothers and not just Jason Kelce and Travis Kelce. “My mom can’t lose,” Travis said. “It’s going to be an amazing feeling playing against him … You won’t see me talking too much trash because of how much respect and how much I love my brother. But it’s definitely going to be an emotional game.” It’s this playful but respectful rivalry which makes it so special.

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