Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Mecole Hardman caught the game-winning touchdown in the Chiefs’ Super Bowl win over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night, and tight end Travis Kelce was sure to make the New York Jets hear about it.
“The Jets counted him out,” Kelce said, via Brian Costello at The New York Post.
Hardman began the year in New York after signing with the club via free agency last offseason. However, he logged just one catch for six yards with the Jets before being traded to Kansas City at the deadline back in October.
He proceeded to total 14 receptions for 118 yards with the Chiefs during the regular season, so it wasn’t exactly like Hardman had a large role with Kansas City this year.
However, the 25-year-old stepped up in a big way on the biggest stage, posting three receptions for 57 yards and the immortalizing score in the Super Bowl.
Hardman, who played his collegiate football at the University of Georgia, was originally selected by the Chiefs in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft.
He spent the first four years of his career in Kansas City, making the Pro Bowl in his rookie campaign primarily for his superb work on special teams.
As a receiver, Hardman never materialized into what the Chiefs had hoped, with his best season coming in 2021 when he caught 59 passes for 693 yards and a couple of touchdowns.
But now, Hardman will forever be remembered in Kansas City lore, as his three-yard grab in overtime lifted the Chiefs to a 25-22 victory over the 49ers.
Meanwhile, Kelce recorded nine catches for 93 yards.
We’ll see if Kansas City decides to try and reward Mecole Hardman by re-signing him this spring.