Outside of the Super Bowl itself, one of the most talked-about storylines — which might be hotter than the actual game — is that pop sensation Taylor Swift is expected to be in attendance.
Justin Tucker is still a loyal Taylor Swift listener
“I do believe that she is the songbird of our generation” pic.twitter.com/IFRlA1fXaQ
— Baltimore Banner Sports (@AllBannerSports) January 24, 2024
It’s no secret she has throngs of fans, and that base extends to those who will be rooting for the Ravens and even some of the players currently on the team. One of them is star kicker Justin Tucker. Tucker and his Ravens are set to battle the Chiefs.
This is the same team that features Taylor Swift’s boyfriend and star tight end Travis Kelce, but that clearly hasn’t affected Tucker’s status as a Swiftie.
The league’s all-time most accurate kicker was recently asked about Swift ahead of the conference championship.
According to a recent tweet, Tucker is “still a total Swift listener” despite having to face the Chiefs, meaning the singer will technically be cheering against him (and his team as a whole). “I do believe she is the songbird of our generation,” Tucker said.
He also said he had talked about Swift in an interview previously and that his loyalty had not wavered. “She’s a talented singer. She’s a true artist.”
“She writes, like, all of her own stuff… also her fans are maybe a little bit too passionate. But, I don’t know, I feel like that’s all a good thing.”
He made clear he does not plan to ruffle the feathers of any Swifties going into the game, but there’s no question the Swifties themselves will be hoping to ruffle the feathers of Tucker and the Ravens. And for the record, he’s a pretty big fan of one of Swift’s biggest hits, “Lavender Haze.”
Many have questioned if Swift will not only be in attendance but if she will also make an appearance at halftime. There’s currently nothing to suggest that will happen.
But it’s worth noting that Swift has previously performed alongside hip-hop artist T-Pain, who is the confirmed halftime performer. At the 2009 CMT Awards, Swift and T-Pain starred in a parody video, titled “Thug Story.”
“I’m so gangsta you can find me baking cookies at night. You out clubbin’? Well, I just made caramel delight,” Swift rapped while holding a tray of cookies. “T-Swift and T-Pain rapping on the same track. It’s a thug story; tell me can you handle that?”
Whether Swift makes an on-field appearance at the AFC championship game will be something to keep an eye on. Unfortunately for Tucker, he’d miss it while in the locker room.