Shaquille O’Neal had the opportunity to accomplish one of his goals during this year’s Super Bowl: meeting Taylor Swift.
The former NBA star, 51, took to Instagram on Feb. 11 to share the photo he took with Swift, after attending the Super Bowl to support her tight end boyfriend of the Kansas City Chiefs, Travis Kelce. O’Neal’s message also came days after he said Page six that one of his goals was to “shake hands” and “take a picture” with Swift.
In the Instagram snap, O’Neal could be posing alongside “Anti-Hero” singer and businessman Jamie Salter. He also used the caption to reveal that he and Salter gave Swift a gift during the Super Bowl, which saw the Chiefs beat the San Francisco 49ers as the game went into overtime.
“I finally met @taylorswift and @jamiejsalter gave her a Nfl Judith Leiber bag,” O’Neal wrote.
Meanwhile, Salter also shared a separate photo of him and Swift on Instagram and mentioned the gift he gave her. “Finally met @taylorswift, hope you like the bag @judithleiberny. Go KC,” he wrote.
At his annual Super Bowl party, Shaq’s Fun House, on February 9, the former Los Angeles Lakers player revealed for the first time to Page six that he would “love” to meet the Grammy-Award winner.
“If I see Taylor Swift and I can shake her hand, take a picture, I’ll be fine,” he said, before noting in the post that after doing a Google search, he seemed to realizing that he and Swift had done nothing. I haven’t met before.
He then gushed about the “Blank Space” singer’s career and success, adding: “She’s a fabulous person. I’m happy for her. I’m proud of her. She did a lot of things. He is definitely a cultural icon. I just want to shake the hand of greatness.
On Feb. 11, Swift arrived at Allegiant Stadium for the first time — alongside Ice Spice, Blake Lively and her mother, Andrea Swift — after a long flight from Tokyo, Japan, where she spent the last four nights to carry out his Eras tour. For the game, Swift wore black jeans, a black top, her signature red lipstick and a red jacket slung over her shoulder, in honor of the Chiefs’ red uniforms. Her accessory also has a deeper meaning, as Swift wore a necklace with the number “87” around her neck, an homage to Kelce’s team number.
During the game, Swift was also crushed by her crowd of friends during a group hug, celebrating the Chiefs’ Super Bowl victory. In videos shared on X, she is seen holding hands and jumping with Lively in their suite. As the entire row joined in the jump, Swift was nearly knocked over by her peers, before sharing a group hug with her pals. Another clip also showed Swift’s friend Lana Del Rey getting knocked down, as the suite erupted into applause and cheers.
After the Chiefs scored a touchdown and won the game, Swift walked onto the field and shared a romantic comedy-worthy kiss with her boyfriend. After Kelce stood up to accept the trophy and applaud with the crowd, he joined his mother, Donna Kelce, and Swift back on the court.
“Come here, girl,” Kelce could be heard telling the “Cruel Summer” singer, before wrapping her in a huge hug and kiss.