BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) – It’s no secret that the romance between pop star Taylor Swift and Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce has been a hot topic in this year’s NFL season, bringing a new wave of fans to American football.
However, teacher at Warren Central High School Tim Arnold, has always been a fan of both.
“When Taylor came on to the Chiefs sideline, that made me a bigger fan for sure,” Arnold said.
Arnold describes himself as having been a fan of Swift since her “country days” and a football fan since the 80s.
“Merging those two things together has been kind of cool.”
Upon walking in his classroom, Arnold has his “Reputation” themed thermos displayed, along with a picture of Swift performing perched at the front of his desk.
He has been to four Taylor Swift concerts, one of which he won tickets to from a radio show for submitting a video of him singing Taylor Swift songs to his students.
“I might not fit the typical ‘Swiftie’ profile being a middle-aged guy, little bigger guy, whatever, but it’s been kind of neat through the years, the kids come up, ‘Oh, that’s the Taylor Swift fan,’” Arnold said.
His dedication to being a “Swiftie,” doesn’t stop there, donning a Taylor Swift-themed tattoo on his chest.
“I actually got her lips tatted on me with the lyrics, ‘We never go out of style’,” he said.
“It was kind of a gesture of ‘haha,’ but also, she’s been a big part of my life. I love her lyrics, I love her music, I support her. I’m glad to be part of the Taylor Swift fandom.”
Swift’s presence at NFL games has come with some criticism from football fans, but what Arnold sees is a new fan base emerging.
“I tend to think it’s kind of cool to mesh pop culture with sports. I think it just enhances the game and it brings a whole new fandom of football fans,” Arnold said.
At the end of the interview, I made sure to ask him the pressing question all “Swifties” may be wondering; What is his favorite era?
“‘1989′ probably speaks to me the most,” Arnold said.
This year’s Superbowl matchup was the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers.
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