Chiefs' Travis Kelce red in a sea of Eagles green deep in Birds country? We won't 'Shake it off'

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Fans are calling a fumble on Dick's Sporting Goods in Bucks County.

How's this for karma? Mixed in the proud, and very green, Eagles section of the Falls store, is a rack of Travis Kelce jerseys and other gear, sticking out like a sore red thumb to the heart of fans here deep in Birds country.

Kelce, tight end for rival Kansas City Chiefs (and famous boyfriend of pop diva Taylor Swift) has his No. 87 prominently displayed, but to be fair at the edge of the section, right before you hit the Flyers gear.

“They shouldn’t put it next to the Eagles stuff,” said Steve Hendershott of Yardley, who shopped at the store this week. “It’s OK to have (his brother) Jason’s jersey, but not right here.”

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Jason Kelce, a 13-year veteran player and a hero to most fans, does have his own racks too, almost directly across the section from his brother's.

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The Kelce brothers may be the most famous NFL duo, known to football fans and non-fans alike. Jason, Eagles center, beloved for his epic speech dressed as a Mummer at the Super Bowl victory parade in 2019, and Travis, who is the new boyfriend of pop superstar Taylor Swift.

Oh, and he has a few Super Bowl rings.

Last February, Travis Kelce and the Chiefs sent the Eagles home defeated in Super Bowl LVII last in a 38-35, in case anyone forgot. A Super Bowl rematch is possible.

Kelce's romance with Swift has been international news and has been chronicled on the brothers' hugely popular "New Heights" podcast from the beginning, when Travis lamented he didn't get to meet Taylor at her Kansas City concert.

Their eventual meeting and romance, which sent fans of both reeling when she changed the words to her smash "Karma" to honor her boyfriend and then was seen running into his arm post-concert, has been on of the biggest NFL side stories this season.

Eagles gear at Dick's Sporting Goods store in Falls invaded by Travis Kelce's KC Chiefs jersey. Fans were unanimous that it should be moved to another location. "Why would they do this?" asked a woman.
Eagles gear at Dick's Sporting Goods store in Falls invaded by Travis Kelce's KC Chiefs jersey. Fans were unanimous that it should be moved to another location. "Why would they do this?" asked a woman.

Does Travis Kelce gear belong in Eagles country?

“That should not be here,” said Donna Westfield of Philadelphia, who was purchasing Eagles gear for her son, 16, and her brother and nephew, who both live in Wisconsin. “They’re the only Eagles fans out there.”

It was cold comfort to Eagles fans that half the rack of was taken up by “Coach Prime” shirts, the nickname of ex-Eagle rival Deion Sanders, who coaches football at the University of Colorado.

“Well, at least Deion makes sense,” said a woman picking up Eagles gear for her husband. “My husband is the real fan, but it doesn’t make sense to put these (Kansas City) shirts here.”

"This should be in a completely different area," said Steve Hendershott of Yardley, adding. "And this red jacket (he's wearing) isn't Kansas City -- I coach hockey at Lawrenceville (Prep)."
"This should be in a completely different area," said Steve Hendershott of Yardley, adding. "And this red jacket (he's wearing) isn't Kansas City -- I coach hockey at Lawrenceville (Prep)."

'All about the Swifities'

It made sense to Bob Desher, of Philadelphia, who browsed the Eagles stuff.

“It’s all about the Swifties,” he said, referring to Kelce’s main squeeze. “They’re trying to expand the (NFL) fan base to people who may not know anything about football but know every (Taylor Swift) song. You know, every gentleman she’s dated and broken up with, she’s written a hit song about them. It’s smart marketing.”

A store employee, asked about the combo of Eagles green and KC red, looked at the Kelce rack and said, “It wasn’t my idea.”

Tom Conti, of Philadelphia, who was looking for Eagles stuff for his daughter, saw the Kelce jersey and shook his head.

“At least it’s not Dallas,” he said.

JD Mullane can be reached at 215-949-5745 or at jmullane@couriertimes.com.

This article originally appeared on Bucks County Courier Times: Dick's makes room for Travis Kelce Chiefs gear at Philly-area stores