It’s a tale as old as Twitter time.
An athlete rises to a new level of stardom, and eventually, some less-than-stellar posts from their social media histories start making the rounds. This background check of the digital age can be unforgiving, but one man appears to have passed with flying colors: Travis Kelce.
After jumping into another stratosphere of public knowledge thanks to his relationship with Taylor Swift, Kelce’s digital history was suddenly scoured as a matter of the public record.
On Wednesday, several of Kelce’s old tweets were recirculated across social media, but they weren’t filled with ill-advised language or unconsidered takes that a 19-year-old mind didn’t know were better left in private company.
They were mostly about squirrels.
Or rather, “squirles.”
I just gave a squirle a peice of bread and it straight smashed all of it!!!! I had no idea they ate bread like that!! Haha #crazy
— Travis Kelce (@tkelce) April 14, 2011
Haha, #crazy indeed Travis.
This is about as good as any of us can hope for from our digital histories. Who doesn’t love watching a squirrel smash a peice of bread?
Other tweets of Kelce’s that popped up shared a similar charm.
The moon looks crazy tonight… Imma chill out here for a little and just visualize my success n vibe to the scenary
— Travis Kelce (@tkelce) August 25, 2010
Bout to go goat-cart racing… Haha hope I fit in the cart!!
— Travis Kelce (@tkelce) August 5, 2011
I hate it when my phone is about to die!!!
— Travis Kelce (@tkelce) October 3, 2010
The window into Travis’s college years is enlightening. Kelce was just a dude who, like the rest of us, hated it when his phone was about to die. His spelling was never perfect, but hey, are any of us?
Fans across social media loved the wholesome look into Kelce’s past.
I think Travis is a good dude because if there were a serious red flag on his character, Taylor's people woulda had that worldwide within about five minutes of the first tabloid article about them together. Instead they found "chicken alfredo" https://t.co/JkVCUgY1o8
— Alex Kirshner (@alex_kirshner) November 16, 2023
every Travis Kelce tweet is like dam! dinner tastes awsome when your hurngy! but it makes u so full
— the turkey keeps the gravy (@limitlessjest) November 16, 2023
It's a love story, baby just say "when" ❤️🧀 https://t.co/Gp1oi1oi2u
— Olive Garden (@olivegarden) November 15, 2023
Some Swift fans were quick to compare Kelce’s prose to that of their favorite songstress at a similar age. You tell me who is more poetic.
taylor swift in 2011: from when your brooklyn broke my skin and bones i’m a soldier who’s returning half her weight, and did the twin flame bruise paint you blue? just between us, did the love affair maim you too?
travis kelce in 2011: i just gave a squirle a peice of bread pic.twitter.com/VSqRoG2TcY
— veronica 19/11 (@folklorexcvi) November 15, 2023
Taylor Swift in 2010: And I hope the Sun shines and it's a beautiful day. And something reminds you you wish you had stayed. You can plan for a change in the weather and time, but I never planned on you changing your mind
Travis Kelce in 2010: https://t.co/Atuupaqcpm
— Phillip (@MajorPhilebrity) November 15, 2023
Growing up is largely an embarrassing experience, but those moments of embarrassment are really just little tick marks of growth on the way to becoming the person you eventually become. For Kelce, that journey was from feeding squirles to winning Super Bowls and dating the most famous woman on the planet.
Haha, #crazy indeed.