The Kansas City Chiefs are the lone football team in the state of Missouri, but it didn’t used to be that way. The Los Angeles Rams used to be located in St. Louis, and Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce did not want to play for the Rams.
As a Kansas City native, I’m not fond of the city of St. Louis. From my high school days where I just knew them as “the other major city in Missouri” to my college days where Cardinals fans harassed me for wearing Royals gear to class, St. Louis has been a rival to me.
I hated how full of themselves they were during baseball season and how none of them really knew anything about the Cardinals or about baseball. Once the Royals started to contend, Cardinals fans would always brag about their 11 World Series titles rather than just admit that the Royals were a good team.
Looping this into the topic at hand, KC Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce recently appeared as a guest on The Herd with Colin Cowherd. Kelce recounted the day he found out he was joining the Kansas City Chiefs and dissed the Rams organization in the process.
In the tweet provided below (watch the whole thing, it’s entertaining), Kelce says the first time he spoke with Andy Reid on the phone was on the day he was drafted. Kelce noticed it was a Missouri number and was terrified that he might have to move to St. Louis and play for the Rams.
The rest of the interview was about Kelce’s early interactions with Andy Reid, but the jab at St. Louis and the Rams organization was the highlight for me.
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Dan Parzych of Ramblin’ Fan wrote an article on this and mainly discussed the regret the Rams have for not drafting a guy like Kelce. He talks about how the Rams organization is a mess and that Kelce isn’t the first player to take a shot at them.
The Rams have been full of problems, dating back to when they were located in St. Louis. The team was good early on during their St. Louis tenure, but became irrelevant pretty quickly. The Rams hadn’t posted a winning record in over a decade and also hadn’t been to the playoffs in over ten years.
No one in St. Louis showed up to the games and the opposing team’s fan base tended to take over the Edward Jones Dome. It wasn’t until St. Louis learned they might lose their football team that the city made a move at building a new stadium.
Kelce’s comments won’t really be made into a big deal, but I wanted to point this out to Chiefs fans because it’s hilarious. It also shows how thankful he was to join the Chiefs and how much he loves playing for Andy Reid.
Fans might not always be high on how Kelce carries himself, but he’s putting the Chiefs in the spotlight more so than they have been in years. That’s big for this team and Kelce will be the face of the franchise moving forward.
Dissing St. Louis makes someone number one in my book. Travis Kelce rules!