The Sportsman of the Year award is a nebulous one that honors a number of different people. It can be a good-hearted person, an activist, Tiger Woods or the fastest man on the planet, an American gymnast, a gold medalist at the Olympics, etc. Which NFL Bros are the best? Watt or Kelce?
I am more shallow than this. This year, Travis Kelce is making a big push both on and off the field.
Lionel Messi? Inter Miami could miss the MLS Cup Playoffs if he is away playing for his country. It’s commendable that he has put his head down, focused on family and football, but it’s still not enough to earn him Sportsman of the year. We’ve moved on. Deion Sanders
is the ideal recruiter in the NIL era.
But we’ll have to see if the Colorado Buffaloes are able to maintain the level of interest after the September football illusory effect wears off. Sanders was humbled by Oregon’s thrashing. I think Colorado is at least a year from being able to make a serious impact in the New Big 12 this season. Kelce will be a different player in 2023. You’ve crossed the rubicon when you get Belichick
to remove his stoic face in front of media. Then again, we know that his affection for TEs
is stronger than any coach in the league’s.Months after calling his shot on a podcast with his brother, Travis knocked it out the park like Babe Ruth in the ’32 World Series
. I mostly rolled my eyes at the Taylor Swift-Kelce rumor mill because he sounded like Kip Dynamite’s cousin constantly alluding to his girlfriend LaFawnduh
rather than a tangible possibility. She was also real. Kelce
deserves credit for bringing this vision to life. He did everything but borrow a page out of Deion’s playbook in his postgame presser, look the Chiefs beat writers squarely in the face and bellow, “!”
Kelce winning a second Super Bowl as Patrick Mahomes’ number one option after Tyreek Hill’s departure for Miami pushed him into the Gronkowski stratosphere of commercial popularity. Kelce is the only tight end who hasn’t taken a stand against his fellow tight ends, who are being used as pseudo-slot recipients and demanded more money. The Dolphins only scored 70 points against Denver but Kelce’s score was double that amount in just one afternoon. Either this was the greatest PR stunt of the season or Kelce’s mackin’ skills are generational.Whatever you think about Swift or Kelce, taking a heat-check shot at Swift and then draining it was inspirational for all the dream chasers and DM shooters out there. Swift riding off into the sunset was an amazing T.O. caliber touchdown dance.Do you believe now?https://x.com/PopBase/status/1706150864355037455?s=20
One of the underrated components of Sportsman of the Year is factoring in what each candidate has done for his brethren. Kelce’s 2023 year was a win for a group of athletes that is underrepresented. Brock Bowers will not be mentioned in the Heisman discussion, but Kelce has been drafted ahead of the NFL’s top wideouts in many fantasy leagues. In just a few years, the NFL has switched to more 12-formations in order to put more tight ends on field. Shannon Sharpe, despite winning three Super Bowls and achieving this level of celebrity only after retiring, was unable to reach it until he retired. Even then, Sharpe’s slobbering of Eddie Murphy’s ex-wife Nicole only became a
. Kelce has always been one the most ostentatious players in a league that is void of diva wide receivers. He’s also managed to keep his high-ranking status on the field. With increased visibility comes more polarization. It was bold to host SNL back in March, but courting Swift
can be dangerous. Swift’s songs are so seductive that they have bruised many egos, which is a testament to how treacherous the ground he walks on is. For now. For right now.Activist, retired NBA player, and might
have gone overboard by comparing Sportsman Nominee Deion Sanders with Muhammad Ali.who was stripped of both his title and life for refusing to be drafted for the
Vietnam War. But love is something Kelce won’t hesitate to fight for.(OK I’ll see me out).