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Donna Kelce Shares Honest Reaction to Son Jason’s Shirtless Chiefs-Bills Game Antics

Donna Kelce and Jason Kelce

Days after Jason Kelce nearly broke the internet with his mid-NFL game shirtless antics, his mother has revealed what was going through her mind when he entered peak football fan mode.

Donna Kelce, known fondly among fans as “Mama Kelce,” told People that she was “not at all” surprised by Jason’s behavior during the Kansas City Chiefs-Buffalo Bills game on Jan. 21. In fact, she said it’s not the first time he’s gone sans shirt at a game, though he does tend to reserve the move for “special moments.”

Now that the Philadelphia Eagles center’s NFL season is over, he “can finally let his hair down” and show a more playful side of himself that he doesn’t usually bring out while he’s working, Donna told the magazine.

Jason, 36, was at the game last weekend to cheer on his younger brother, Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce. During a recent episode of New Heights, the Kelce brothers’ podcast, Jason said he decided to strip off his shirt and join the crowd the moment he stepped inside the box that he was sharing with their parents, his wife Kylie and Travis’ girlfriend, pop star Taylor Swift.

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Jason said he “got caught up in the magic of Bills Mafia,” the nickname for Bills fans, and wanted to take some kind of action to demonstrate that he was “like my Buffalo Bills Mafia compadres.”

“When I entered the box, I noticed, ‘Hey, I could jump out of this box and I’ll be outside,’” Jason recalled thinking. “‘And if I take my shirt off, then I’m outside and I’m part of the Buffalo Bills pageantry.’”

Though Jason suspects his wife wasn’t a fan of his decision, his parents appeared to be amused by his antics. As a photo showing Jason celebrating while shirtless during the game went viral, the brothers’ father, Ed Kelce, also shared a close-up of the photo on Instagram. Ed later jokingly shared another image of his son superimposed over a screenshot from the 1995 film Braveheart, labeling it: “Jason fighting for Scotland's freedom.”

Ed later shared an additional meme of the shirtless Jason photo that read, “If aliens came down from outer space and said take us to your leader…. this is the guy.”

According to Donna, Sunday’s antics serve simply as a public demonstration of her oldest son being himself. “This is who he is,” she told People.

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