The Kelce brothers are not just dominating the NFL; they’re now making waves in an unexpected realm – pet naming.
Recent reports indicate that the popularity of the Kelce surname has given rise to a new trend, with an increasing number of people choosing to name their four-legged companions after the renowned NFL duo.
According to pet sitting website Rover, “Kelce” has become America’s top trending dog name, experiencing a remarkable 135 percent surge in popularity.
Rover representatives have pointed to the Kelce brothers as the likely inspiration behind this canine nomenclature movement.
While Travis Kelce, the tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs, secured his second Super Bowl victory in February, it was his off-field endeavors that further catapulted him into the spotlight.
Fanatics reported an astonishing “nearly 400 percent” increase in Travis Kelce’s jersey sales, fueled in part by a rumored romance with 12-time Grammy winner Taylor Swift.
Additionally, he gained a staggering 300,000 Instagram followers during this period.
On the other side of the family spectrum, Jason Kelce, the seasoned center for the Philadelphia Eagles and Travis’s older brother, boasts an impressive career with five first-team All-Pro nods in his 13 seasons.
His recent documentary on Amazon Prime chronicling his football journey and his inclusion as a finalist on People’s “Sexiest Man Alive” list have only added to his allure.
The Kelce brothers’ weekly podcast, “New Heights,” has also soared to popularity, amassing over 1.5 million subscribers on YouTube.
Despite the challenges that accompany newfound fame, the brothers remain grounded.
“We really try to not let it affect us,” shared Jason in a recent interview with People.
“I think there are times you’re out and about and whatnot, and it’s hard just to enjoy being at an event or being out at dinner. But for the most part, everybody’s very nice and generous, and either they are fans of the team, listening to the podcasts, or all of our family.”
As the brothers gear up for a Week 11 showdown, facing off in a Super Bowl LVII rematch on “Monday Night Football,” the Chiefs hold a slight edge at home with oddschecker listing them as a 2.5-point favorite as of Wednesday.
Looking ahead, it wouldn’t be surprising if the Eagles (8-1) and Chiefs (7-2) cross paths again in Super Bowl LVIII.
According to ESPN Analytics, both teams boast a staggering 99 percent chance of making the playoffs, adding another layer to the Kelce brothers’ growing legacy on and off the field.