The Kansas City Chiefs edged out the Los Angeles Chargers last week in “Thursday Night Football,” but it came at great personal cost for Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce.
In the fourth quarter of the game, Kelce thought he smelled the end zone, but standing between it and him was Chargers safety Derwin James. Kelce thought the best way to the end zone was through James. Turns out, he miscalculated.
Despite the Chiefs tight end having roughly 50 pounds on him, James lifted Kelce into the air (slowly, for dramatic effect) and body-slammed him into the ground. Although the ball popped out on impact, Kelce was already down when it came out.
Kelce talked about the hit with his brother Jason on “New Heights” in hilarious detail.
Derwin James just went WWE on Travis Kelce. Mercy. 😂pic.twitter.com/a0w8YZ6xB8
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When asked how it felt when James “absolutely powerbombed the f—” out of him by Jason, Travis laughed and said it wasn’t his first rodeo while they reminisced about when Jason powerbombed Kelce through the floor in their house.
“Not my first time getting powerbombed,” Travis said. “And obviously we were talking about it last week, Derwin is a OG in the game. He’s one of the best safeties — I think he’s the best safety all around.
I made a cut back and then all of a sudden he’s on me like lightning. He surprised the s— out of me. Lower man always wins in football. When I felt him wrap his arms around my legs, I’m chuckling in my mind. I’m like ‘this is not about to end well for me right now.’
Kelce was correct. He further detailed his incredible inner monologue of the hit.
“Yup, I’m going up,” he continued. “WHAT GOES UP. MUST COME DOWN. And the body slam was funny but what was even more comical was he asked me after the play or after that drive ‘bro you good?’ What a great guy man.”
Kelce’s monologue seems surprisingly similar to every fan watching. It was him being lifted into the air and every fan going “that seems dangerous” before he was driven down and every fan going “that IS dangerous.”
Thankfully, Kelce was OK after the hit and in good spirits. Although it’s hard to imagine he’d be quite so fun-loving about it if the Chiefs had ended up losing.