Chiefs wide receiver Mecole Hardman has revealed that Travis Kelce gave the team a passionate talk during the Super Bowl halftime show, as he ‘flipped a few things over’ to spark Kansas City’s second half comeback and overtime win over the 49ers.
Hardman, who caught the game-winning touchdown pass with just three seconds left on the clock in Sunday’s contest, recalled Kelce challenging his teammates to play better as a unit in the second half with Kansas City trailing 10-3 after the first two quarters in Las Vegas.
Speaking to CBS, barely 24 hours after having won his third Super Bowl, Hardman said: ‘It was a really long halftime. But, Trav’ set the fire on everybody, definitely came with a passionate speech at halftime. You know, like Trav’ does, he flipped a few things over…
‘But, he definitely had a good speech for us. It’s just to get everybody going and it definitely got fuel to the fire and we came out that second half just doing better than we did in the first half.’
When asked about his postgame exchange with Kelce and his girlfriend, Taylor Swift, who he interacted with on the field of Allegiant Stadium after his game-clinching reception, Hardman said that he and Kelce ‘were just having a moment.’
Mecole Hardman revealed what went down in the Chiefs locker room at Super Bowl halftime
The 25-year-old wideout said that Travis Kelce rallied he and his teammates to win the game
‘Saying how much we appreciate each other,’ the 25-year-old added. ‘And obviously Taylor was there as well. She was just saying congratulations, basically. It definitely was a good moment right there.’
Hardman, whose partner gave birth to their first child around last year’ Super Bowl game, which the Chiefs won against the Philadelphia Eagles, also revealed that its his son’s first birthday on Tuesday, February 13th.
He was named after his father and ancestors as, Mecole Hardman III.
Hardman was later congratulated by Taylor Swift – Kelce’s girlfriend – for his game-winning TD
Hardman and Kelce are believed to have a close relationship, which dates back to 2019 when the Chiefs drafted the former
‘Yeah, uhm… actually we got another on the way as well that’s due in May,’ he said, as he also reflected on his time playing on the New York Jets, earlier this season, before returning to the Chiefs, who he played for three seasons (2019-2022).
‘I have a daughter coming in that’s due in May. So, yeah, it’s been a rollercoaster you know getting to New York, trying to get to a new place and then that don’t work out and gotta come back to KC to get a new place.
‘This was a rollercoaster up and down but I wouldn’t have it no other way — definitely win the Super Bowl and get a chance to actually come back so it definitely was a good journey.’
Hardman will be a free agent this offseason, with many expecting a contract renewal offer form the Chiefs.