Jason Kelce cheers on Travis Kelce at Bills game
Jason Kelce celebrates Travis Kelce’s touchdown at Bills game.
New York Post – Page Six
Available for order now on the Funko site for a limited time: A toy figure of the shirtless Philadelphia Eagles center who emerged from a luxury suite during the Kansas City Chiefs Jan. 21 playoff game against the Buffalo Bills to celebrate a touchdown scored by brother Travis Kelce, a tight end for the Chiefs.
The 4-inch-tall Funko Pop! Jason Kelce (Shirtless) with Premium Pop! Protector figurine ($25) will only be available to order for 72 hours, until Monday, Feb. 5 at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT.
“No matter which team you’re rooting for, every football fan understands the raw excitement of supporting a loved one at a big game,” says the Funko press release about the product.
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Funko asked fans about a Jason Kelce figurine
Funko had tested the waters for a possible Jason Kelce figurine earlier this week by posting a drawing of what a possible toy might look like. “Do you feel this electric atmosphere?! How would you react if we released this Pop! Jason Kelce…” the Original Funko Pop account asked.
More than 40,000 liked the post, so apparently the discussions began – another 2,900 liked a similar post on X. Jason Kelce talked about working with Funko Pop! on a T-shirt with a charitable aspect on he and Travis Kelce’s “New Heights” podcast on Wednesday.
To recap Jason Kelce’s shenanigans for the Chiefs-Bills playoff game: He hung out with Bills’ fans before the game at Highmark Stadium, doing a shot out of a bowling ball.
“I get it. It was a little bit outlandish. I don’t know why it happened. It just felt right,” Kelce said about the celebration on the podcast. “That’s all I can say. It felt like the right thing to do.”
It’s Funko’s first-ever presale of a toy. To celebrate the release of the figurine, Funko will be donating to the Patricia Allen Fund at the Oishei Children’s Hospital in Buffalo. Bills quarterback Josh Allen and his family created the fund in 2020 after the passing of his grandmother Patricia Allen. The hospital has built a Patricia Allen Pediatric Recovery Wing with proceeds from the fund.
The fund started by Bills fans donating more than $1 million after learning about his grandmother’s passing. Fans of other teams including the Chiefs also made donations.
Jason Kelce’s moment resulting in art in Buffalo
The cultural significance of Kelce’s celebration has already been commemorated by a few already.
LJ Rader, who compares sports images with works of art on the Art But Make It Sports social media accounts, likened the act to “The Feast of Bacchus.”
Canadian artist and sports fan Samantha Wojciechowicz created her own painting of Jason Kelce celebrating. Born with a rare genetic disorder called ectrodactyly, she has two fingers on each hand. For the Kelce artwork, she used a football to paint the image. Last year, she did a painting of the brothers.
Travis Kelce also has a Funko Pop figurine
For what it’s worth, brother Travis already has been immortalized in figurines by Funko Pop (out of stock but sold on eBay and elsewhere). And last year’s Little People Collector Line Super Bowl LVII Champions set featured Super Bowl and regular season MVP QB Patrick Mahomes, tight end Travis Kelce, defensive tackle Chris Jones and a Chiefs super fan.
Depending on how Super Bowl 58 turns out, Kelce could have a repeat as a Little People figurine. Fisher-Price is planning another Little People Collector Super Bowl set ($30) with figurines of three NFL players – from either the Chiefs or 49ers – and one “super fan.”
Who knows, maybe there’s another immortal moment coming from Jason Kelce, too.
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