Professional athletes and championship-winning teams have been wary in recent years in taking up President Donald Trump’s invitation to visit the White House. For Super Bowl LIV winner Kansas City Chiefs and their star tight end Travis Kelce, it’s an offer they can’t refuse.
Kelce, 30, a five-time Pro Bowl tight end who scored four receiving touchdowns on 207 yards in the Chiefs’ 2019 postseason run, is very excited to visit the 45th U.S. president, telling TMZ it’s a “crazy opportunity.”
“Oh, yeah! Always, man!” Kelce told us in NYC on Wednesday. “Crazy opportunity!”
“I know historically … that’s something you do as a Super Bowl champion,” defensive end Frank Clark told TMZ. “But we’ll see, man. It’s a lot of mixed emotions about stuff going on there. We’ll see.”
Kelce later clarified his statement to TMZ on Twitter on Thursday morning. “Grew up my whole life watching teams win championships and then go to the White House and get recognized for their greatness,” the former third-round selection out of Cincinnati wrote on social media. “Regardless of who is in office I think it’s a unique opportunity to experience our nations Capital [sic].”
Grew up my whole life watching teams win championships and then go to the White House and get recognized for their greatness… regardless of who is in office I think it’s a unique opportunity to experience our nations Capital. https://t.co/1Oy1q1ORJu
— Travis Kelce (@tkelce) February 27, 2020
Other members of the Chiefs organization including four-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Tyreek Hill and head coach Andy Reid, the latter of whom answered in the affirmative if he’s going, calling it an “honor”
President Trump has been rebuked in the past from sports champions like the U.S. women’s national soccer team, who won the 2019 FIFA World Cup, and the Golden State Warriors following their back-to-back NBA titles in 2017-18.