In case you missed it, Travis and Jason Kelce will be the first brothers to play against each other in the Super Bowl.
Brothers they are well aware of this, and are already tired of hearing about it.
Despite making history on February 12, they want to focus on the Kansas City Chiefs vs. Philadelphia Eagles matchup, not Travis vs. Jason.
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“It’s been two days and I’m over it…” Eagles center Jason said on the brothers’ “New Heights” podcast. “I don’t like that we call it the Kelce Bowl. I appreciate the support, but there are a lot of guys involved in this. There are big organizations involved… We’re going to get asked about this question non-stop from here until the end of the game, and I’m over it. “.
Travis added, “I appreciate you calling it the Kelce Bowl, but let’s focus on the Chiefs-Eagles, man.”
The brothers still took a moment to recognize the significance of the occasion. The two admitted that, as children, they hoped to one day team for their hometown Cleveland Browns in a Super Bowl.
When the brothers explained how rare it is, even comparing it to the lottery, they couldn’t help but marvel at each brother’s dream.
“Did we think it would be both of us? I don’t know. I thought it could happen. But I never fully anticipated it happening until almost last week.” jason said. “I was like, ‘Man, this could really happen. We could really have a ‘New Heights’ Kelce Bowl, and we could actually be doing this.'”
“Which is wild and a little surreal,” said the Kansas City tight end answered. “I feel like I’ve been asked this question my entire career… All my time, I think, that’s been the goal is to face my brother in the Super Bowl. Now that it’s actually happening, it’s like, man it’s kind of sick. …
“When you start throwing numbers like that, it’s definitely great. I think there are a lot more brothers in the league than people realize, which is great. But, at the same time, to align with how it’s been this year specifically: Pro Bowl, All-Pros, this podcast, for everything to line up like it has, man, that’s mind blowing, man.”
However, Travis is beginning to regret wanting to play his older brother in the big game.
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“Someone’s got to send his brother home, man,” Travis said.
On the plus side, they both admitted that their mom, Donna, will be happy either way with this hilarious exchange:
Jason: “Mom’s going to lose, but Mom’s going to win too.”
Travis: “She’s a woman with a full glass though.”
Jason: “She is. She’s going to focus on the positive, which is wrong, because she should be there for the brother who loses. She’s a favorite. That’s okay.”
Despite being over a week away from the Super Bowl, Jason wasn’t averse to some early chatter.
“I’m not a Chiefs fan anymore, Trav. I’m sorry to break it to you,” Jason quipped. “I officially took off my royal colored Chiefs sweatshirt immediately after Butker kicked. My fandom will be closed for the next two weeks. No BBQ, no nothing.”
Oh, and they don’t really know who will get the tickets for their parents.
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“Are you giving them tickets, or am I giving them tickets?” Jason asked.
Travis wasn’t sure.
The last pair of brothers to meet in a professional championship were Scott and Rob Niedermayer in the 2003 Stanley Cup Final. by scott New Jersey Devils beat Rob’s Anaheim Mighty Ducks in seven games. The two won the 2007 Stanley Cup along with the Ducks.
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Brothers Jim and John Harbaugh coached against each other in Super Bowl XLVII, and twins Devin and Jason McCourty played together in four Super Bowls with the New England Patriots.
Stephen and Seth Curry met in the 2019 Western Conference Finals, while Aaron and Austin Nola met in the 2022 NLCS.
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