NFL defends focus on Taylor Swift-Travis Kelce rumored romance despite backlash from fans

Travis Kelce may think the NFL is “overdoing it a little bit” with the Taylor Swift content, but the league doesn’t believe so.

Football fans have been giving the NFL flak for how it’s been focusing heavily on the rumored relationship between the Kansas City Chiefs All-Pro tight end and the music megastar. Swift was present for Kelce’s last two games, including the 23-20 victory over the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on Sunday night.

The NFL’s social team decided to use that second victory with Swift in attendance as its new Instagram bio, which read, “The @Chiefs are now 2-0 with @TaylorSwift13 in attendance.” Photos of Swift were also placed as the league’s TikTok header.

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Sophie Turner watches New York Jets vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Actress Sophie Turner, far left, was spotted hanging out with pal Taylor Swift at the Kansas City Chiefs’ game against the New York Jets on Sunday. (Elsa)

But the NFL is standing its ground as it addressed the backlash from fans thinking Kelce-Swift is being put in the spotlight too much.

“We frequently change our bios and profile imagery based on what’s happening in and around our games, as well as culturally,” the league told People magazine. “The Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce news has been a pop-cultural moment we’ve leaned into in real time, as it’s an intersection of sport and entertainment, and we’ve seen an incredible amount of positivity around the sport.”

The NFL added that “the vast majority of our content has remained focused on the game,” which included reference to the “Toy Story Funday Football alt-cast” that was playing for the Atlanta Falcons-Jacksonville Jaguars game in London on Sunday morning.

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Of course, this saga has merged one of the most popular players in the most popular professional sports league in the country with one of the world’s biggest pop music icons. So, the buzz surrounding it, especially with Swift in attendance at games, makes for obvious headlines.

But Kelce appeared on his “New Heights” podcast with his Philadelphia Eagles older brother, Jason Kelce, to say that things might be starting to go overboard with it.

Travis Kelce along side Taylor Swift

Travis Kelce and Taylor Swift. (Getty Images | IMAGN)

“I think everybody is just overwhelmed with … I think it’s fun when they show who all is at the game,” the Chiefs tight end said. “I think it brings a little bit more to the atmosphere, brings a little bit more to what you’re watching.

“But at the same time, I think they’re overdoing it a little bit, for sure — especially my situation. I think they’re just trying to have fun with it and a lot of the people watching… .”

When Chiefs running back Isiah Pacheco ran in a touchdown in the first quarter against the Jets on Sunday night, the normal play by NFL broadcasts is to pan down on the field to watch the touchdown celebration, which was going to be a dance by Pacheco. 

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Instead, the NBC broadcast quickly panned to Swift celebrating in a suite at MetLife Stadium. By the time the camera went back down to the field, Pacheco was running off with his teammates.

Kelce is still trying to wrap his head around what’s become the greatest spectacle in sports today.

“I had no idea,” he said of the attention that the rumored relationship is getting during his appearance on the “Chasin’ It with Trey Wingo and Chase Daniel” podcast on Tuesday. “You can’t tell me that anybody else did, either, but I can’t be mad at how it’s all played out. I’ll say that.”

Taylor Swift cheers at NFL game

Taylor Swift cheers from the stands during the game between the New York Jets and the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on Sunday. (Kevin Sabitus/Getty Images)

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The Chiefs will next be in Minnesota on Sunday to face the Vikings at 4:25 p.m. ET, and the NFL will certainly be watching to see if Swift attends her third game in a row.

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