Taylor Swift is to Travis Kelce as the number 13 is to her: a good luck charm.
As proven by recent statistics aired by CBS Sports Sunday (Oct. 22) at the Chiefs vs. Chargers game, the Kansas City tight end plays significantly better when his new love interest — who just so happens to be one of the biggest superstars in the world — is in attendance. And on the latest episode of his New Heights podcast, Kelce himself reacted to the revealing numbers.
“‘Left to his own devices,” he began, reading the text on CBS’ graphic, which hilariously referenced lyrics from Swift’s “Anti-Hero.” “Well put, well put.”
Per the network, Kelce averages 99 receiving yards at games attended by the 12-time Grammy winner, who has so far been spotted at four Chiefs matches. And when she’s not there? The athlete’s average dips to just 46.5 yards.
“Hard for me to wrap my head around that sentence,” Kelce added.
Coincidence or not, Kelce isn’t the only one who’s noticed that Swift seems to have a positive effect on his performance. Kansas City Coach Andy Reid joked at a Sunday post-game press conference that “Kelce keeps getting better with time — Taylor can stay around all she wants.”
After his brother and co-host, Eagles center Jason Kelce, read out Reid’s comments, Travis said, “I love Coach Reid, man, what a guy. Listen, when you’re getting Big Red’s approval and blessings, you know you’re doing something right.”
Swift also recently got praise from the Kelce brothers’ father, Ed Kelce, who raved that she’s a “very, very sweet, very charming, down-to-earth young woman.” “She gets up to go get a drink or something and she starts picking up empty bottles, cans, plates that are scattered around,” the patriarch added of the “Karma” singer, who was at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday to watch Kansas City’s victory over Los Angeles. “I don’t think she got the diva memo.”