Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelcewon their second Super Bowl championship in four years during the 2022 season. The quarterback and the tight end have become one of the best offensive duos in the league, and it was through their commendable chemistry and friendship that they could achieve elite status. Surprisingly, their seemingly unbreakable connection was sparked by Patrick Mahomes Sr.
Mahomes Sr. Helped Travis Kelce Regain His Confidence
Patrick Mahomesrecounted the time when Kelce played with him for the first time. Back then, the current Miami Dolphins star Tyreek Hill was a dominant receiver for the Chiefs who had an outstanding outing, while Travis struggled big time, recording just one reception for 6 yards.
Patrick said, If you look at our relationship now, you would be like, That is crazy! But my dad tells this great story. We win the game, and Travis is a team player, so he s all hyped up in the locker room, but we go to the family area. Travis gets out there first, and he was going to see his family. But you could just tell that Travis was kind of down not down, but like, Man, I could have played better.
But my dad, Silky P, went over there and grabbed Travis and said, Hey, he s going to throw it to everybody. So just know, your time s coming. The next game, we play the Steelers, and Travis has 140 yards and two touchdowns. My dad said he grabbed him after and was like, I told you.’
After this anecdote, it did not take long for Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce to establish themselves as one of the most powerful duos in the league. Since then, Kelce has managed to exceed 90 receptions and 1200 yards every season. Additionally, he has also been named an all-pro in all five games of the season since Mahomes took over the position of the Chief’s starting quarterback.
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How did Patrick Mahomes and Kelce Meet?
On the podcast, the duo shared a lot of juicy inside information about their careers and how their romance started. It was on the podcast that the pair finally revealed their meet-cute story, and the details are relatable to most adults in their 20s.
Mahomes shared, You d have like a little off-time [afterward]. Well, you know Coach Reid would always give you the walk-through the day before the actual walk-through and me being a kid fresh out of college, I had a couple buddies that were rookies with me and they re like Let s go out, it s Saturday, man. We ll have the walk-through on Sunday, just got back from [training camp], we had a great preseason.’
The star quarterback said that the walk-through was at 8 a.m., sharp following the morning. This is the part that is most important to remember, as he continued by saying:
So we go out. I set eight alarms on my phone [before] I go out with the rookies [and] of course, I go out there and I see the old Travis Kelce out at the same spot I m at, and Trav s like Come on! All y all come over here to [my] table, let s have a great time. So I have a great night [with Kelce], get home, have all my alarms set I made sure of that. Go to sleep, and wake up not to an alarm I wake up, look at the T.V. and I see 8:15 [a.m.] on my T.V. screen. I didn t put my phone in the charger so my phone died.
This was a classic drunken mistake, but the story did not end there as Mahomes later revealed his late arrival at team facilities. As he was late, Patrick decided to wait out the walk-through instead of strolling in it as it was ending. He was still a rookie after all, and would have felt embarrassed in front of his veteran teammates.
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When he went to the office, the first question the big bad boss, Andy Reid, asked him was if he was with Travis last night. As a friend, Mahomes did not rat out his new buddy and denied being with him. Travis entered five minutes before Mahomes did, and he later told him that Reid asked him the same question about Mahomes. Turns out, the two buddies saved each other from their coach s wrath which marked the beginning of an everlasting friendship.