Big brother Jason was merciful in defeats — even if his concession had a well-known competitive fire.
“Maybe it hasn’t hit me yet. I was a bit emotional when I saw my mother and father. Trav wasn’t too emotional for me. I just said, ‘F—you, congratulations,'” he said.
“It’s been a great two weeks for our family. I’m very happy for Trav, the Chiefs. There are a lot of people I know there in Kansas City that are a big reason I’m in Philadelphia in the first place, including head coach Andy Reid. Frustrated that we didn’t win but definitely happy for these guys.”
Mom Donna Kelce said ahead of the game that she would assist both offenses (Travis Kelce is a tight end for the Chiefs while Jason Kelce plays center for the Eagles) to help navigate the difficult situation her two sons are playing on the compete against each other on the biggest of all stages. It worked well in that regard, as the Chiefs and Eagles combined for 73 points, the third-highest in Super Bowl history.
Travis Kelce had six catches for 81 yards and a touchdown while Jason Kelce’s Eagles had 417 yards on offense.
Any bragging rights Travis Kelce earned with the win was shelved immediately after the game.
“There is nothing you can really say to a loved one in a situation like this. You joke all the time and say you want to beat your brother on the biggest stage, but it’s a weird feeling,” he said. “This team had great leadership, great coaches and it came down to the end. We have all the respect in the world for these Eagles. There’s nothing I can say to him other than I love him and he’s had a damn good year, a damn good season.”
Both brothers were asked about their future after the game. Jason Kelce, 35, said he would take some time to assess whether he is still able to contribute at a high level and is ready to embark on another grueling season before making a decision on whether he is retiring.
Travis Kelce, 33, brought the conversation back to the special season when asked how many years he has left to play.
“I feel like this has been the happiest year of my life – both off the field and on the field,” he said. “To see my family in all their glory and to get all their flowers, my mom needs to be the center of attention on the JumboTron before the game on the biggest stage and be able to get closer and meet my brother throughout the season at the mountaintop , it’s the best feeling in the world. I don’t know how many I have left, but I will cherish this one forever.
ESPN’s Adam Teicher contributed to this report.