Travis Michael Kelce is an American football tight end. He plays in the National Football League (NFL) for the Kansas City Chiefs. In the 2013 NFL Draft, he was drafted by the Chiefs in the third round. With the team, he has won Super Bowl LIV against the San Francisco 49ers. Born on October 5, 1989, Kelce played college football at the University of Cincinnati. He has six-time Pro Bowler and a three-time first-team All-Pro selection to his name. With 1,000 yards, he holds the NFL record for most consecutive seasons receiving by a tight end, and the record for most receiving yards by a tight end in a single season (1,416). Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce is his elder brother. He was named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of 2010s.
Kelce was a three-sport athlete in football, basketball and baseball in high school. Rivals.com considered him as a two-star recruit. Kelce accepted a scholarship offer from the University of Cincinnati over offers from Akron, Eastern Michigan, and Miami (OH), and later joined his elder brother Jason who was the starting left guard for the Bearcats. Travis set personal career highs during his last collegiate season - receptions (45), receiving yards (722), yards per receptions (16.0), and receiving touchdowns (8). He also earned first-team all-conference honors. Kelce also bagged the 2013 College Football Performance Awards Tight End of the Year, in March that year.
To begin his professional career at the NFL, following his draft, the Chiefs signed him to a four-year, $3.12 million rookie contract that also included a signing bonus of $703,304. In his rookie season in 2013, he only played in one game due to a knee surgery and therefore did not record any statistics that season. In the following season, Kelce was the Chiefs leading receiver, with a total of 862 yards off 67 receptions.
He earned his first Pro Bowl with a record of 72 catches for 875 yards and five touchdowns in the 2015 season. He signed a five-year, $46 million contract extension with the Chiefs on January 29, 2016. He was named to his second Pro Bowl that season and was also named to the First-team All-Pro.
The Chiefs won the Super Bowl LIV against the San Francisco 49ers, 31–20. In the game, Kelce caught six passes for 43 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown and had one carry for two rushing yards during the win. In his second Super Bowl appearance, the Chiefs lost by a score of 31–9 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers despite Kelces’s catching 10 passes for 133 yards. However, he set a Super Bowl record for most receiving yards by a tight end with his 133 yards, and that too in a single Super Bowl.
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