Patrick Mahomes has reflected on the first time he met Travis Kelce, admitting he knew from ‘day one’ that his teammate was ‘a good dude’.
There may be a six-year age gap between them but Mahomes and Kelce are great friends off the pitch and their partners – Taylor Swift and Brittany Mahomes – are also close.
On the pitch, they have established themselves as one of the NFL’s most dangerous offensive threats with the pair regularly combining for the Chiefs.
Mahomes was taken with the 10th pick in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft but Kelce had already been in Kansas City for four years before that.
They have won two Vince Lombardi trophies together and will compete in a fourth Super Bowl on Sunday when the Chiefs play the San Francisco 49ers in Las Vegas.
Patrick Mahomes has reflected on the first time he met Travis Kelce after being drafted in 2017
Kelce (left) took Mahomes (second right) and wife Brittany (right) to a baseball game early on
Recalling their first meeting, Mahomes said: ‘I knew of him obviously, because he was such a great football player even before I got [to the Chiefs].
‘I think my biggest impression was, “that’s a tall guy”, because I’d never seen a guy that tall man be able to move like that.
‘But just a good dude, man, I think I knew that from day one.’
Kelce took Mahomes and his wife Brittany to watch the Kansas City Royals baseball team during his first week in the city.
‘We were sitting up front, we were having a great time and that’s kind of built part of the relationship that we have today,’ Mahomes added.
The 28-year-old quarterback will try to lead the Chiefs to their second straight title and third in five seasons when they play the 49ers on Sunday.
Mahomes will lead the Chiefs into the Super Bowl against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday
This is Kansas City’s fourth Super Bowl appearance over that span; the Chiefs lost to Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers following the 2020 season.
Mahomes will no doubt be supported by wife Brittany on Sunday night and it’s possible she’ll sit close to Swift, who is due to fly in from Japan to watch Kelce in action.
Being attached to the 14-time Grammy Award winner has opened the floodgates for questions about the pop singer to be asked to Kelce’s teammates.
When asked what his favorite song by Swift is, Mahomed replied: ‘That “Anti-Hero” song, that one is pretty sweet. So I would say that. I do love “Love Story”. It gets me every single time.’
Mahomes also said Monday night his father was ‘doing good’ after his arrest for driving while intoxicated, but otherwise was tight-lipped about the situation.
‘It’s a family matter, so I’ll keep it to the family,’ Mahomes said at Super Bowl opening night. ‘That’s all I have to say.’