Shaquille O'Neal had the opportunity to fulfill one of his goals at this year's Super Bowl: meet Taylor Swift.
The 51-year-old former NBA star took it to Instagram on Feb. 11 to share the photo he took with Swift after she attended the Super Bowl to support her boyfriend, Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce. O'Neal's post also came days after he told Page six that one of his goals was to “shake hands” and “take a picture” with Swift.
In the Instagram photo, O'Neal could be posing alongside “Anti-Hero” singer and manager Jamie Salter. He also took to the caption to reveal that he and Salter gave Swift a gift during the Super Bowl, which saw the Chiefs defeat the San Francisco 49ers as the game went into overtime.
Meanwhile, Salter also shared a separate photo of himself and Swift On Instagram, and mentioned the gift he gave her. “I finally met @Taylor Swifthope you love it @judithleiberny handbag. Go KC,” he wrote.
During his annual Super Bowl party, Shaq's Fun House, on February 9, the former Los Angeles Lakers player revealed for the first time the Page six that he would “love” to meet the Grammy winner.
“If I see Taylor Swift and shake her hand, take a picture, I'll be fine,” he said, before noting to the publication that after doing a Google search, he seemed to realize that he and Swift hadn't met before.
He went on to talk about the “Blank Space” singer’s career and success, continuing, “She’s a fabulous person. I'm happy for her. I'm proud of her. She did a lot. She is definitely a cultural icon. I just want to shake hands with greatness.”
On February 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 performing on her Eras Tour. For the game, Swift wore black jeans, a black top, signature red lipstick and a red jacket slung over her shoulder, paying homage to the Chiefs' red uniforms. Her accessory also has a deeper meaning, as Swift wore a necklace with the number “87” around her neck, a nod to Kelce's team number.
During the game, Swift was also crushed by her crowd of friends in a group hug, which was in celebration of the Chiefs' Super Bowl victory. In videos shared on X, she was seen holding hands and jumping with Lively in her suite. As the entire line joined in the jump, Swift was nearly knocked over by her peers, before sharing a group hug with her friends. Other clip it also showed Swift's friend Lana Del Rey getting knocked down, as the suite erupted in applause and cheers.
After the Chiefs scored a touchdown and won the game, Swift went onto the field and shared a kiss worthy of a romantic comedy with her boyfriend. After Kelce stood to accept the trophy and cheer along with the crowd, he joined his mother, Donna Kelce and Swift back on the field.
“Come here, girl,” Kelce could be heard telling the “Cruel Summer” singer, before enveloping her in a big hug and kiss.