Wouldn't it be amazing if one of the best players from your favorite team showed up at your wedding? Well, that actually happened to Taylor Smith and Matt Hubbard when Kansas City tight end Travis Kelce attended their special day.
The couple won a contest to have one of the NFL's top tight ends attend their June 29 wedding at the Madrid Theater in downtown Kansas City. The contest was part of an "Experiences of a Lifetime" event series the NFL is holding to celebrate its 100th anniversary.
"It was an absolute thrill," Kelce told Athlon Sports. "I mean just to be able to give to the Kansas City community is always a fun time. Then on top of that, to do it through this kind of experience with it being the 100th year for the NFL and have Matt and Taylor draft me to be a part of the wedding was a pretty cool experience."
To enter, Taylor and Matt had to show their Chiefs fandom and explain why Kelce should be at their wedding. They definitely had a strong case. Taylor's family has had Chiefs season tickets since 1963, the first year team was in Kansas City, and her first word as a baby was "Chiefs."
They were selected as the winners a few weeks before their wedding and Kelce sent them a video letting them know he would be there and to "tell everyone to make sure they wear their dancing shoes." On the big day, he was there to meet them after the ceremony ended.
"I thought the coolest part was the fact that I was one of the first people to get to see them after their wedding ceremony," said Kelce. "It’s very unique. I don't think I've ever been to a wedding where I was the first one to give the bride and groom a hug."
At the reception, Kelce lived up to his promise, assuaging concerns about his offseason ankle surgery by getting out on the dance floor with attendees, including Taylor's grandmother. He also made a toast and gave them an autographed gold football.
"The NFL's going to do these kinds of experiences throughout the year so make sure that you have your alerts set up for when these kinds of opportunities come," said Kelce. "Matt and Taylor were an absolutely amazing group to be a part of and that whole wedding party was fun, energetic, and just a delight to be around."
Go to NFL.com/100/experiences to see the full list of the NFL's Experiences of a Lifetime.
During the offseason, Kelce has been recharging by spending time with his family and friends. He is also working on improving his run-blocking and finishing strong at the end of games.
"Every year, you've got to find somewhere to get better. It never stops. You're constantly trying to find the next way to up your game," he said.
— Written by Aaron Tallent, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Tallent is a writer whose articles have appeared in The Sweet Science, FOX Sports’ Outkick the Coverage, Liberty Island and The Washington Post. Follow him on Twitter at @AaronTallent.
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