LAS VEGAS – Late Sunday night in the corner of the Kansas City Chiefs’ locker room – with the Lombardi Trophy held aloft past a group of players dancing in circles and cigarette smoke – Travis Kelce was trying to lift the trophy.

The process requires steps and the help of a team member. First, they ripped off Kelsey’s grass-covered No. 87 jersey. Then they loosened the shoulder pads, and finally – at the height of the whole body – the two removed the pads.

Kelce can focus on the rest of the night. A shiny black suit hangs in the locker.

His teammate walks up to him and hugs him.

“Mother f—– Super Bowl championships,” Kelce said.

A reporter asked Kells where he was going next.

“Vegas is about to roll out the red carpet,” he replied. “You can call me Elvis.

The most magical of seasons ended Sunday with a second consecutive Super Bowl victory, their third in six seasons. They all have a world quarterback, Patrick Mahomes, who may be the greatest to ever play sports’ most glamorous position. On CBS television, commentator Tony Romo called him “Michael Jordan” after he threw the game-winning touchdown pass in overtime to beat the San Francisco 49ers 25-22.

But it’s the 34-year-old Kelce, with a luxuriant beard, who makes the Chiefs the closest thing to Jordan’s Bulls this century. It was Kelsey who made the Chiefs a cultural phenomenon, making the NFL even more sensational with his romance with Taylor Swift.

Kelce had a strong Super Bowl performance. He had nine catches for 93 yards, including a key reception on the game-tying drive late in regulation, and played a key decoy role on the game-winning pass to McColl Hardman. After the game, as the confetti fell, he led the crowd in one of his favorite songs, “You gotta fight for your right to party.

However, it was all a prelude — at least for most Americans — to the championship-sealing kiss between Kelsey and Swift on the Allegiant Stadium field as the two stars were surrounded by cameras. “That woman is crying d—,” Nate Burleson said on the CBS broadcast. “Travis is emotional. That’s true love. That’s what you get when you have a woman behind you.”

The show was the season finale that catapulted Kells to the ranks of A-list celebrity. He More ads appeared than any other player in NFL games. He hosted “Saturday Night Live.” His podcast took off. His brother became a meme. Thanks to Swift’s presence, many young girls are tuned in to NFL games. Her participation in the Super Bowl The Japanese Embassy was interested..

Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce celebrate after the Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl win in overtime on Feb. 11. (Video: Julie Yun/The Washington Post)

As teams in all sports preach the value of limiting distractions, this topic was a testament to the chiefs’ embrace of all diversity without the cardinal sin in most locker rooms.

“More attention is more fun,” Chiefs linebacker Nick Bolton said. Chiefs owner Clark Hunt added: “You can never dream of the impact their relationship will have on the Chiefs. We have a whole new fan base, mainly young women, who don’t watch NFL games before. But for now, make an appointment to watch the Chiefs games.

It was almost a different night for Kelsey. In the first quarter of the game, he was on the bench when running back Isiah Pacheco screamed. Kells angrily tackled Andy Reid from his side and almost tackled the 66-year-old coach to the ground.

“I was just telling him how much I love him,” Kelce said after the game. Had the Chiefs gone, what could have been a key story was merely a footnote. A happy life, indeed.

Of how he and his Chiefs overcame a slow start and a 10-0 deficit, Kelce simply said, “Stop playing like Jabroni, man.

The night before the game, the bosses gathered for a meeting. Kelsey stood up and addressed the group. After the win, the player cited the key moments of preparation in his speech after the game. “No matter what Travis says, I’ve got to sell that bottle and sell it,” safety Justin Reid said. “That was just the last juice, the last love. You felt that way throughout the room. He touched all who heard his voice in that room.

Kelce only tells his teammates that they have a winning formula that the 49ers don’t.

A year ago, after Kansas City beat the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LVI, Kelce said it was the greatest year of his life. This season should definitely be number one. “Just when you think things can’t get any better,” he said before disappearing into the bowels of the stadium. Videos of him and Swift arriving at the Bosses after party at a Las Vegas hotel have gone viral on social media. Kells is wearing a shiny black suit that hangs in his locker.

Earlier, a reporter asked Kelce which Swift song he would listen to first at the party.

“Whatever the DJ plays,” Kells said.