NFL-‘Kelce Bowl’ conflict of brothers set to make Tremendous Bowl historical past

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By Amy Tennery

PHOENIX (Reuters) – “Kelce Bowl” buzz descended on Phoenix as Kansas Metropolis Chiefs tight finish Travis Kelce and Philadelphia Eagles heart Jason Kelce put together to make historical past on Sunday after they change into the primary brothers to play one another within the Tremendous Bowl.

On the Tremendous Bowl Opening Night time on Monday, the place throngs of followers packed the Footprint Heart, the fraternal fracas was on the tip of each reporter’s tongue.

“It is a particular second,” mentioned Travis, who helped the Chiefs to the championship three years in the past. “It is one thing that, clearly, we’ll bear in mind for the remainder of our lives.”

The pair have every already loved enviable tenures within the Nationwide Soccer League, which might assist soften the blow when one in all them inevitably walks out of State Farm Stadium on the shedding aspect on Sunday.

The 33-year-old Travis has earned eight Professional Bowl alternatives and is a bona fide media darling for his rakish attraction and on-field heroics.

Jason, by comparability, enjoys a smaller highlight as an offensive lineman, however has earned six Professional Bowl nods and helped Philadelphia to the Lombardi Trophy 5 years in the past.

“He is received extra Professional Bowls, he is going within the Corridor of Fame as a primary poll, arguably the most effective tight finish of all time, he is higher wanting, he is higher at dancing,” mentioned Jason, 35. “Give me one factor, Trav: Let me have extra Tremendous Bowls.”

Rising up in Cleveland, Ohio, the pair dreamed that they could play within the Tremendous Bowl collectively – in fact, of their childhood fantasy, they had been taking part in on the identical workforce.

Their mom, Donna, has made clear she will not be selecting sides, showing on Monday on the Tremendous Bowl media blitz in a mixed Eagles-Chiefs jersey.

“We each understand that – for someone – it isn’t going to go properly,” Jason mentioned.

“I do know it sounds loopy however I feel we’re each nonetheless rooting for one another,” he added. “I really feel like you possibly can’t assist however do this. I won’t be rooting for the Chiefs however I am at all times rooting for Travis.”

(Reporting by Amy Tennery in Phoenix. Enhancing by Gerry Doyle)