Rodney Harrison calls out Travis Kelce for quitting on late interception

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The latest loss from the Chiefs became sealed by an interception thrown by quarterback Alex Smith during a drive that, in theory, could have delivered victory. Technically, the game wasn’t over the moment that Bills defensive back Tre'Davious White stepped in front of receiver Tyreek Hill and grabbed the ball.

Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, however, acted as if it were, throwing his hands in the air and making no effort to chase down White. On Sunday’s Football Night in America, NBC’s Rodney Harrison called out Kelce for quitting on the play.

“He’s the captain of this team, and this is just absolute terrible effort,” Harrison said. “When things are going great, he’s dancing, he’s partying. But as soon as he hits a little adversity, he pouts. The game is on the line — hustle, get back, you are the captain of this team. If I’m in that locker room, I’d would go to him and say, ‘If you’re going to be captain of the team, you have to be able to lead, and you lead with effort.’ That’s not good enough. . . . Remember last week when I said Kansas City was not playing with passion, that’s exactly what I was talking about.”

It looked a lot like the lack of effort seen earlier this season from Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, who didn’t try to chase down the Broncos after a pair of turnovers in Denver. In this case, given that White seemed to be determined to get to the end zone (running across the field to elude some Chiefs players who didn’t give up on the play), the athletic Kelce arguably could have closed ground from behind and, possibly, ripped the ball from White’s grip.

Some have interpreted Kelce’s reaction as exasperation with quarterback Alex Smith, and in turn as a not-so-subtle push for Patrick Mahomes. While Kelce did indeed say during a recent visit to PFT Live that Mahomes is doing some “unbelievable” things at practice, there’s currently no indication of a locker room (wait for it) schism regarding the quarterback position.

36 responses to “Rodney Harrison calls out Travis Kelce for quitting on late interception

  1. What was he supposed to do? Make the game saving tackle and strip and than return the fumble for a game winning td and kick the extra point as well to win 17-16? The game was over Rodney.

  2. Nobody really listens to Harrison’s tirades, and I’m sure he makes more money than you, so I doubt he cares…

  3. @a1photoz says:
    November 27, 2017 at 11:12 am
    What was he supposed to do? Make the game saving tackle and strip and than return the fumble for a game winning td and kick the extra point as well to win 17-16? The game was over Rodney.

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    Honestly, that is KC is a loser, and I honestly like KC as a franchise.

    It’s never over. See Troy Brown in the 2006 divisional rd playoff game vs SD when he stripped Marlon McCree.

    Kelce’s ego is one of the biggest in the league. He is a complete tool and would never make it in NE.

  4. That really was pathetic, and how about the “look at me” flexing because he made a catch.

    As talented as he is, he’s just not worth the trouble, IMO.

  5. See Don Beebe while the Bills got there heads caved in by Dallas. That’s effort, even when no chance to win…

    I personally enjoyed Kelce flexing his muscles after his first catch of the game..as a player he is good. But his character reaks of clown

  6. Fair critique on Kelce. Here’s Harrison’s quote from last night:

    “He’s the captain of this team, and this is just absolute terrible effort,” Harrison said. “When things are going great, he’s dancing, he’s partying. But as soon as he hits a little adversity, he pouts.”

    I actually read the commentary and thought he was talking about Cam Newton…

  7. Harrison is right. When things are going the Chiefs way he’s dancing around and playing like he’s on the same level as Gronk. When things are going wrong he’s throwing things at officials and quitting on his team (if he hasn’t already been ejected).

    I believe they have a word for that: frontrunner. Travis Kelce is a huge frontrunner.

  8. @a1photoz says:
    November 27, 2017 at 11:12 am

    What was he supposed to do? Make the game saving tackle and strip and than return the fumble for a game winning td and kick the extra point as well to win 17-16? The game was over Rodney.
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    Remember that Seahawks-Broncos SB? The Seahawks got a big lead and then the whole team quit like Kelce did and got blown out.
    Remember the Patriots-Falcons SB? That’s what can happen when a team doesn’t quit even though it seems hopeless.

  9. @a1photoz says:
    November 27, 2017 at 11:12 am
    What was he supposed to do? Make the game saving tackle and strip and than return the fumble for a game winning td and kick the extra point as well to win 17-16? The game was over Rodney.

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    I bet you thought the same thing when Atlanta had a 25 point lead in the SB

  10. Bingo Rodney Harrison.

    Kelce is an enabled poor sport. Taunts opponents, trash talk when things go his way, cares more about his next dancing opportunity than game situations, personal fouls and unsportsmanlike conduct penalties when things turn against him.

    In short, Kelce is a loser not a leader.

  11. They need to move on from Dungy on the SUnday nite game show. He brings absolutely nothing to that show. BY far the worst segment of the entire weekend.
    Oh! It’s Sunday nite? Lets put everyone to sleep at halftime by having Dungy speak. Big week ahead and all, gotta get a good nites rest.

    Kelce, is a top 3 most immature, entitled little baby football players in the league.
    It takes alot to be in the OBJ, A Brown and Zeke the perv, but Kelce is in the conversation

  12. I guess everyone forgot that Ben Watson didn’t give up on an interception and chased the player the entire length of the field and knocked him and the ball out bounds before he could score.

  13. Kelce himself tells a story that when he was a college senior and Oz Newsome was interviewing him pre-draft, Oz showed Kelce some film of his “jerk” moments and turned and asked him “Son, are you a f—— a——?”

    Apparently the answer was, and still is, “Yes!”

  14. raidernation210 says:

    November 27, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    remember when Chef’s fans were crying about their power ranking, that was funny wasn’t it

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    Not quite as funny as Raiders’ fans crowing about a SB run…

  15. “They need to move on from Dungy on the SUnday nite game show…Lets put everyone to sleep at halftime by having Dungy speak.”

    It is unfortunate that a segment of viewers cannot relate to someone who speaks in a calm, intelligent manner. Someone who criticizes when necessary, but always shows respect for the person he is criticizing. Some viewers just aren’t intelligent enough to find entertainment in a man like that.

  16. To those saying it would have made no difference, Troy Brown made this exact play for New England against the Chargers in the 2006 playoffs, stripping Marlon McCree to regain possession and setting up a tying TD. Pats won that game.

  17. nhpats says:
    November 27, 2017 at 1:58 pm
    raidernation210 says:

    November 27, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    remember when Chef’s fans were crying about their power ranking, that was funny wasn’t it

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    Not quite as funny as Raiders’ fans crowing about a SB run…
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    wasn’t just Raiders fans, plenty of so called experts were crowing SB as well.

  18. Alice is terrible. I wish Kelce would have run down the field and took Alice out. I don’t blame him one bit for quitting on that fraud POS QB. Just can’t stop with the cheap shots, huh Rodney? Once a scumbag, always a scumbag.

  19. Shut up, Rodney. You’re a terrible analyst with a dumb scowl on your face every time you’re on Sunday Night. It’s like you’re always angry about not having a job with the Cheatriot franchise or something.

  20. cardinealsfan20 says:

    November 27, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    It is unfortunate that a segment of viewers cannot relate to someone who speaks in a calm, intelligent manner. Someone who criticizes when necessary, but always shows respect for the person he is criticizing. Some viewers just aren’t intelligent enough to find entertainment in a man like that.
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    Not all of us are fond of Saint Dungy.

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