Legendary broadcaster Bob Costas makes case for Chiefs being America’s Team

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I received a call Saturday morning from some long-time friends in rural Illinois who were on the road with a 15-year-old family member named Nissa, and our conversation turned to the Chiefs.

It turns out Nissa is a Swiftie and Chiefs fan, but she started following the AFC champions because of quarterback Patrick Mahomes. The fact that superstar singer Taylor Swift started dating Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce has only solidified Nissa’s fandom.

This is just another example of how big the Chiefs are these days.

There are few if any media outlets that have not covered the Kelce-Swift romance since it became public knowledge in September. The Chiefs were big before that, of course. They have won a pair of Super Bowl championship since Mahomes became the starting quarterback.

TV viewers frequently see Mahomes, Kelce and coach Andy Reid in commercials, and the Chiefs are well-known to readers of Entertainment Weekly, People magazine and Entertainment Tonight.

Heck, even the Japan Embassy in Washington, D.C., is talking about the Chiefs.

Legendary broadcaster Bob Costas earlier this week noted on CNN how huge the Chiefs have become and said they have eclipsed the Dallas Cowboys as America’s Team.

“I think the Chiefs now, it can safely be said are America’s Team. The Dallas Cowboys have had that moniker for a long time and they are still a glamour franchise but they haven’t been at the Super Bowl since the mid 90s,” said Costas, who was given the Ford C. Frick Award for broadcast excellence by the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2018.

“But now the Chiefs have been to four of the last five Super Bowls. They have the best quarterback in the game, even though there are others who are really, really good. He’s exciting. He improvises. He’s charismatic. They’ve got him. Andy Reid’s been around a long time, went to the Super Bowl with Philadelphia and now with the Chiefs. They’ve got Travis Kelce and his romance with Taylor Swift. He was a big deal to begin with, and now it blows up bigger.

“Plus the State Farm commercials. You don’t have to know a screen pass from a field goal to know something about the Kansas City Chiefs. So they’re America’s Team.”

Hard to argue with that, right?