Super Bowl LVII marked the first time that a pair of brothers met in the big game.
Travis Kelce of the Kansas City Chiefs had the pleasure of winning his second career Super Bowl, but at the cost of defeating his older brother Jason’s team.
Jason is the All-Pro center for the Philadelphia Eagles, who was also in the running for his second ring. The two talked about the joys of playing with each other, and Travis even told his brother «don’t look at me» during the coin toss.
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However, they managed to hug each other in midfield, and the two also met after the game. They shared a long hug after the Chiefs’ 38-35 win, while his mother Donna celebrated with Travis and comforted Jason.
During the Kelces’ postgame hug, Jason gave Travis a brotherly wave: «F— you, congratulations.»
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Despite the joys of being on top of the mountain, Travis said that the circumstances of defeating his brother were not fun.
«There’s really nothing you can say to a loved one in a situation like that. You joke all the time and say you want to beat your brother on the biggest stage in history, but it’s a weird feeling…» he said . After the match, holding back tears. «There’s really nothing I can tell him except that I love him, and he had a great year and a great season.»
Jason and Travis played football at the University of Cincinnati, Jason being drafted in 2011 and Travis in 2013; both have been with their respective teams their entire careers.
They became the first set of brothers to meet in a Big 4 (MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL) championship since Scott and Rob Niedermayer in the 2003 Stanley Cup Final. New Jersey Devils beat Rob’s Anaheim Mighty Ducks in seven games. The two won the 2007 Stanley Cup along with the Ducks.
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.
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Sunday marked the third time the two brothers had played in the same NFL game, with Travis winning all three (the Chiefs also beat the Eagles in a game Travis didn’t play in).
The tight end had 81 yards on eight receptions, one of which was Kansas City’s first touchdown of the game.
In three Super Bowls, Travis now has 24 catches for 267 yards and two touchdowns.