The Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas pits the underdog Cincinnati Bearcats against the goliath that is the Alabama Crimson Tide. Much of the country is rooting for the school out of Ohio, mostly because Nick Saban and Alabama have been so dominant for so long. Kansas City Chiefs superstars Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce were spotted at the Cotton Bowl appearing to cheer on Cincinnati.
Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce at the Cotton Bowl, cheering on the Cincinnati Bearcats pic.twitter.com/cVQo0AtDW0
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) December 31, 2021
Mahomes and Kelce were in one of the boxes. Kelce is rocking his Bearcats hat and jacket.
Kelce attended Cincinnati from 2008 through 2012. His final season, he recorded 45 catches for 722 yards receiving and eight touchdowns. Kelce earned first-team all conference honors that season. In March of 2013, Kelce was awarded the College Football Performance Awards Tight End of the Year.
He was considered only a two-star recruit out of high school. Clearly, scouting is not an exact science. Later in 2013, Kelce was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 3rd round of the NFL Draft.
That same off-season, the Chiefs brought in Andy Reid as head coach. Reid was familiar with Kelce after having coached his brother, Jason Kelce, with the Philadelphia Eagles.
It’s a long afternoon for Kelce and Cincinnati fans. At halftime, Alabama held a 17-3 lead, and it shouldn’t have even been that close. The Bearcats had 81 yards of offense at halftime. Alabama had almost 300.
The Bearcats were large underdogs and represented all of the smaller schools never given a chance in the College Football Playoff. Unless they can drastically turn things around in the 4th quarter, we’ll see why.