When the Kansas City Chiefs hosted the Jacksonville Jaguars, there were undoubtedly several VIPs in attendance, but one of them was Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who many expect to run for United States President during the next presidential election in 2024.
Ron DeSantis does not attend many NFL football games, but he was seen on the sideline during Saturday afternoon’s game in Kansas City, presumably supporting the Jacksonville Jaguars from his home state of Florida.
And it’s safe to say fans noticed him, with one many even encouraging him to run for president.
— 1010 XL / 92.5 FM (@1010XL) January 21, 2023
DeSantis walked near the stands and gave several high-fives as fans yelled and took photographs of his appearance. It was a surprising moment, and the NFL world had plenty to say about it on Twitter.
For those of us gauging how much appeal Ron DeSantis might have among Republicans, it’s interesting how many KC fans in KC (at the Jags game) appear to know who he is; one guy encourages him to run for president
— Marc Caputo (@MarcACaputo) January 22, 2023
.@GovRonDeSantis’s popularity goes far beyond FL.
I spent most of this past week in Vegas and the Phoenix area and the reaction to his name is the same.
Same when I was in the Midwest a few months ago.
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) January 21, 2023
Ron DeSantis and his family were in attendance at the Chiefs vs. Jaguars game today in Kansas Citypic.twitter.com/1IAZyv7mZF
— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) January 22, 2023
Jags took the L before it even started 😔 pic.twitter.com/Pd95LBhbZH
— HOT TAKES ANA 🏈 (@FootballGirlAna) January 22, 2023
Seems like people in Kansas City are pretty happy to see our Governor… https://t.co/hPNnVwSBN7
— Brittany (@thebrittanyjea) January 22, 2023
Note that even Kansas City fans were warm to Ron DeSantis. https://t.co/Gssjnz43aT
— Jim Stinson (@jimstinson) January 22, 2023
This is not the first time DeSantis has had some sort of a connection with the NFL. Last year, it was revealed that DeSantis and Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady sometimes text each other when Tim Michels, who ran for Wisconsin governor, took DeSantis to a Green Bay Packers game and saw him sending a text message to the star quarterback.
Based on this appearance in support of the Jaguars, it appears Brady is not the only NFL player from the state of Florida that he supports.