Travis Kelce and Taylor Swift’s “love story” has caught the attention of many. Swifties quickly became NFL fans as some of them learned how the game of football works, while NFL die-hard fans saw Swift’s face plastered all over the Kansas City Chiefs games as he supported his new love interest.
But while some are turned off by the two worlds coming together, I think it’s good for all parties involved.
The similarities between the NFL star and the pop music icon are many. Swift’s best-selling album to date is “1989,” which featured mainstream songs like “Blank Space,” “Bad Blood” and “Shake It Off.”
The name of the album, 1989, is named after the year of Swift’s birth. But Kelce was also born in 1989, just two months before Swift.
It doesn’t end there. “1989” was released in October 2014 – just one month after Kelce caught his first of 71 and counting career receiving touchdowns.
Another notable parallel comes with Swift’s 2012 album, “Red.” At the time, “Red” was the fastest-selling digital album ever. Red is also the primary color of the Chiefs – and the Cincinnati Bearcats. Kelce attended Cincinnati and played for the Bearcats from 2008 to 2012.
Parallels aside, the NFL benefits from the love story. 27 million people watched Sunday Night Football between the Jets and the Chiefs, making it the most watched NFL game since the Super Bowl.
Swfities love football, and while the NFL — and announcer Cris Collingsworth — milked the Swift references a bit, we can’t blame them for doing so.
Swift is a music icon. While Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has the reputation of being the best quarterback in the NFL, Swift made Kelce the star of the Chiefs seemingly overnight. Kelce’s jersey sales increased 400 percent after Swift’s debut.
As long as the Chiefs continue their winning streak, as many expect, Swift and Kelce will remain in the headlines.
Kelce is Swift’s new love interest, and NFL fans should expect to see the couple in the headlines as long as they stay together. The first leg of Swift’s 2023 US Eras tour ended a few months ago, but it seems the world has entered the era of Kelce.