Chiefs’ Andy Reid downplays Travis Kelce tantrum: ‘They’re passionate players’

Kelce bumped Reid in the 1st half of the game


Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce’s outburst on the sidelines and confrontation with head coach Andy Reid drew reactions from his NFL peers on Sunday night during Super Bowl LVIII.

Kelce seemed upset about not being on the field when running back Isiah Pacheco fumbled after a long pass from Patrick Mahomes to Mecole Hardman. His frustration reached a peak, resulting in a confrontation with Reid. Kelce had only one catch for one yard in the first half.

Reid and Kelce embraced each other on the Super Bowl podium after the game. The now three-time Super Bowl champion head coach expressed his gratitude for the passion displayed by his players. He mentioned that moments like Kelce’s frustrations boiling over keep him feeling youthful.

“They’re passionate players,” Reid said, as reported by Pro Football Talk. “I love that, even if they chest bump me to the other side of the 50. I appreciate it. I just love that the guy wants to play and wants to be in there playing.”

Kelce was a bit enigmatic when he appeared on ESPN to discuss the moment.

“Man, it was uh… I’m gonna keep it between us unless my mic’d up tells the world. I was just telling him how much I love him,” Kelce said with a smile.

Mahomes chimed in, saying, “That moment right there, it speaks to the type of team we are. Everybody loves it. Everybody loves the game, loves to compete, and Coach Reid wants to compete.”

Kelce finished the game with a team-leading 93 yards on nine catches, contributing to his collection of his third Super Bowl ring in his career.

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