斗牛计算器ed and donna kelce have slightly different versions of the epic fight between their sons jason and travis -- the one that resulted in a shattered casserole dish and a shift in the dynamic between the highly competitive brothers.
Both agree it carried over from the basketball court to the kitchen. Jason, a center for the Philadelphia Eagles, was a 6-foot-3 senior in high school in 2006-07. Travis, a tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs斗牛计算器, was a sophomore who had finally grown taller than his big brother, sprouting to 6-5. Travis got the better of Jason that day -- at last. Ed recalls Travis rubbing it in until Jason snapped, while Donna believes Jason raised Travis' ire by cheating on the court to maintain the upper hand.
斗牛计算器no one disputes what happened next.
"they started fighting," donna said, "and [travis] literally drove [jason] into the floor in the kitchen, and the stove bounced off of the brackets."
"I've got a casserole on the stove, dinner for the two of them. Couldn't get them moving. Of course, I'm concerned about sharp corners on cabinets, heads cracking on that," Ed said. "They're tangled up, so I just grabbed them together, and just go down, and they fall down on top of me. I screamed, 'Oh my god, my back!' There was nothing wrong with me, it just hit me: What a great idea. Let's change the whole dynamic here. And so now everybody's worried about Dad. They're not blaming each other, they're trying to help me up, get me to a chair. And a few minutes later I managed to get up gingerly, walk around. It wasn't for another half hour, when the casserole was supposed to be done, that I opened the stove and I said, 'You're getting pizza again tonight!'"
斗牛计算器"i think that's when both of them finally realized they were equals and that they couldn't do this anymore," donna said. "that was the end of it. no one picked a fight with the other one after that. it was over."
the years since have brought incredible success for the kelce brothers. jason is an all-pro who has quietly built a compelling case for hall of fame consideration over his nine-year career. travis, an all-pro for the super bowl-winning chiefs, is arguably the best tight end in the nfl.
They know how to dominate a parade as well. Jason's emotional "Underdog" speech, delivered in a glistening green Mummers outfit from the "Rocky" steps in celebration of Philadelphia's first Super Bowl victory after the 2017 season, became instant legend.
Travis stole the show this month at the Chiefs' parade斗牛计算器. Wearing a fur jacket and a WWE championship belt, he channeled his inner Ric Flair (Wooo!) and shot energy into the crowd with freelancing thoughts on Chiefs coach Andy Reid, supporting the troops and one's God-given right to parrrrrrrrrty.
even while at the pinnacle of his profession, the desire for travis to live up to big brother's feats didn't fade.
斗牛计算器"as far as going out and trying to do something comparable to jason, [travis] and i had a talk about that the night before," ed said. "we were talking for a while about it. and i said, 'you can't make this ... this is not the time you compare yourself to your brother. you've got to go out there from the heart, what you feel.' and he did."
斗牛计算器according to their parents, the parade speeches each turned out to be pitch perfect in the way they reflected the unique styles, experiences and character traits of jason and travis, developed on a shared journey from cleveland heights, ohio, to the super bowl stage.
Ironed jeans vs. pizza-stained shirts
the athletic gifts of jason and travis were evident from a young age. travis was walking by 10 months, according to donna, a bank executive who excelled at track and field in her youth. her brother played defensive tackle at purdue, and her dad also played football, at ohio university.
"i would probably give it up and say athletic talent comes more from her side of the family," said ed, a manufacturer's rep who played football in high school and rugby after that.— Tim McManus (@Tim_McManus)
Suspensions were not foreign territory for Jason. According to Ed, he was suspended at least one time every year during elementary school for fighting. Travis got into his fair share of fights, too, but was often able to smooth-talk his way out of discipline, which ticked Jason off to no end. One of Travis' dust-ups came on the same day his class received Cleveland Cavaliers斗牛计算器 tickets for winning a community project. As far as the fight was concerned, the principal agreed to an unofficial one-day suspension after consulting with Ed, deciding to call it a "day off" so he could think about his actions.
斗牛计算器"travis comes home that night, and jason knows he's been in a fight," ed said. "at dinner, jason announces, 'travis got into a fight today!' and travis goes, 'yeah, i got a day off and two tickets to a cavs game.' i thought jason's head was going to explode. he was ready to march right down the street back to school."
斗牛计算器it was a little tougher sledding on the athletic front for jason, too. the skeptics outweighed the believers when it came to his ability to succeed in football at the collegiate level. with no scholarship offers, he was forced to walk on at cincinnati, where he eventually converted from linebacker to offensive line and earned his place, block by block. travis' talents bubbled over. he was a standout basketball player and a star quarterback in high school. he had multiple scholarship offers to play football, ultimately joining jason at cincinnati.
斗牛计算器donna said jason, having been constantly counted out, had probably been preparing his "underdogs" parade speech for decades.
"that's kind of their personalities. jason is more pensive, more thoughtful, and he plans things a little more," said donna. "and travis is, i'm going to enjoy this moment the best i can, and he's kind of life by the seat of his pants sometimes."
Brothers joining forces
斗牛计算器ed spoke of constant competition between the boys growing up, with travis striving to rise to jason's level and jason trying hard to maintain the natural order of things. the only time that would switch was when a third party was involved, in which case the brothers would team up to take down a common opponent.
In February, that common opponent was the San Francisco 49ers.
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"and i'm sitting here and i'm thinking, 'this is so fricking cool. i've got my two kids talking about super bowl experiences, and the older boy telling the younger boy how to deal with this and be the best you can be out there.' a lot of people on this patio have got no clue as to what i'm listening to right there. that was just a really special moment to me."
When the festivities in Miami were over, Donna flew back home, just as she had when Jason and the Eagles beat the New England Patriots斗牛计算器 to win it all in 2017. The way she sees it, the parades are a special time to be shared between the players and the fans.
斗牛计算器but like many of us, she was fully entertained as her sons popped up on the television screen in fur coats and mummers outfits alike, as was ed, though he could have done without all the f-bombs.
"i laughed. they always make me laugh. they always have," donna said. "they're just pure joy. they have a zest for life. they live it to its fullest, no holds barred."