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Minneapolis billboards troll Travis Kelce, Taylor swift ahead of Vikings-Chiefs game

On3 imageby:Nick Geddes10/08/23


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The city of Minneapolis is clearly looking to get into the head of Kansas City Chiefs (3-1) tight end Travis Kelce ahead of their Week 5 road tilt against the Minnesota Vikings (1-3).

The city unveiled two billboards ahead of the game, both light-hearted shots at Kelce. Not even Taylor Swift, Kelce’s “friend,” was safe. One billboard reads “Welcome Mr. Pfizer,” while the other states, “Beat Taylor’s Boyfriend.”

Kelce became known as “Mr. Pfizer” this week thanks to New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Appearing on “The Pat McAfee Show” Tuesday, Rodgers referred to Kelce as “Mr. Pfizer,” an apparent dig at the 34-year-old’s recent promotion of flu and COVID-19 vaccines.

“[It was a] moral victory out there,” Rodgers said. “That we hung with the champs and that our defense played well, and Pat [Mahomes] didn’t have a crazy game, and Mr. Pfizer [Kelce], we kind of shut him down. He didn’t have his crazy impact game.”

Kelce, alongside his mother, Donna, star in a new Pfizer ad promoting both the flu and COVID-19 vaccine with fall in full effect. Rodgers was previously outspoken against taking the COVID-19 vaccine, opting for alternative treatments. After misleading the public concerning is vaccination status in 2021, Rodgers missed a game due to the NFL’s COVID-19 protocol.

Travis Kelce responds to Aaron Rodgers’ ‘Mr Pfizer’ comment

Kelce responded to Rodgers’ comment Friday, saying he had no problem with the new nickname.

“I thought it was pretty good. With this ‘stache right now, I look like a Mr. Pfizer,” Kelce said. “Who knew I’d get into the vax wars with Aaron Rodgers. Mr Pfizer versus the Johnson and Johnson family over there, man. … I mean, I’ve always been, you know — once I got the vaccine, I mean — I got it before of keeping myself safe, keeping my family safe, the people in this building. So, yeah, I stand by it. 1000 percent. And fully comfortable with him calling me Mr. Pfizer.”

The Vikings will look to have as much success keeping Kelce in check as the city did with its new billboards. While that will be a tall task, that’s exactly what they’ll try to do when toe meets leather at 4:25 p.m. ET at U.S. Bank Stadium.