Travis Kelce, the Kansas City Chiefs’ team leader, addressed the media on Friday (Feb. 2), as he has done all season. One of the topics of debate was wide receiver Kadarius Toney, who appeared to have had a championship weekend full of highs and lows.
“I just want him to know it’s always love in this building,” Kelce said when asked about his message to the returning playmaker ahead of the Super Bowl.
“I know guys go through things both in this building and in their personal lives — he just had a baby girl, a beautiful baby girl, so shout-out to Kadarius for that one — but I think what’s real is what happens in this building and how we can channel that,” the soon-to-be Hall of Famer continued. “And I just wanted to make sure he knew that we were all still behind him and ready to go get this Super Bowl.”
Travis Kelce speaks to the Chiefs locker room on welcoming back WR Kadarius Toney.
Following his famous outburst on Instagram live, people wondered if Toney’s days
The days of contributing as a member of the Chiefs were ended. If Kelce speaks for the locker room, as he usually does, the Chiefs are eager to welcome back the shifty pass-catcher.
Kansas City has emphasized teamwork all season. Struggling veterans like wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling and right tackle Jawaan Taylor have been elevated rather than turned on, and it has paid off in the long term, as both offensive players have had an impact in the playoffs.
Will the same happen to Toney in the Super Bowl?
The former first-round pick made an impact punt return in last year’s championship game, as well as an easy touchdown reception from Patrick Mahomes. Toney returned to practice on February 1, and it’s now possible that he’ll suit up on February 11.
Of all, Toney hasn’t played since December 17, so throwing him back in the Super Bowl would be a tad risky. The frequently injured wideout has been plagued by persistent illnesses for the majority of the season, and a hip injury kept him out in the final stretch.
He carried his hip issue into the AFC Championship before withdrawing due to “personal reasons.” It just so happened that the Chiefs made this choice on Toney’s birthday, January 27, the same day his daughter was born.
He then resorted to social media to express his outrage, claiming that he was “not hurt” in an expletive-filled diatribe. Toney also suggested that the Chiefs had been listing him on the injury report for phantom reasons, which head coach Andy Reid disputed on January 29.
Travis Kelce’s Advice for Younger Chiefs Ahead of the Super Bowl, Kelce was asked for advice for younger Chiefs and newcomers.
“At the end of the day, no matter how much hype, no matter how many cameras, no matter how many lights are out on the field… it’s still the game of football that you know how to play and you’re one of the best in the world at doing it,” Kelce said to his teammates.
“Believe that, feel that confidence, and just try not to make the moments bigger than what they are,” he said, adding that kids should “lean on their brothers” if they start to feel worried.
“We’ll find a way to get through this thing,” the senior leader said.