Hosting “Saturday Night Live” for the first time and doing it as an athlete with little to no acting experience must be nerve-wracking. But Travis Kelce admitted that he got some helpful advice from Peyton Manning, who hosted the show in 2007. “He said, ‘Dude, just go all in,'” Kelce said on the “New Heights” podcast. “‘Just be open-minded.'” The Kansas City Chiefs tight end then explained how Manning’s advice helped him during the week leading up to the show and helped him interact better with the writers and actors.
“The show is meant to be absolutely hysterical,” Kelce added. “The people that don’t have great shows are probably the ones that go up guarded.” He then mentioned that he understood that he wasn’t the expert in the room, and he let the writers decide what sketches would be best for him to be in. “I told every one of the writers, ‘I’m here to make this thing the best show possible,'” he continued. “‘Whatever skits you guys feel best for me, I’m here for it.'”
Manning also gave another piece of advice to Kelce on Instagram. Alongside a video of one of his past SNL skits, he wished the tight end good luck on the upcoming gig. “One piece of advice,” he wrote in the caption. “Don’t peg kids in the face with a football. You’re a tight end. You should stiff arm and run them over instead.”
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