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Travis Kelce


ABOUT

Full NameTravis Michael Kelce

BornOctober 5, 1989

Height196cm (6 ft 3 in)

NationalityAmerican

RoleTight end

ABOUT


Travis Kelce is a tight end who plays for the Kansas City Chiefs. He helped the Chiefs win a Super Bowl title in 2020. Kelce was named in the 2010 NFL All-Decade team for his performances as a tight end for the Chiefs. The 3-time First-Team All-Pro player is the younger brother of Jason Kelce who plays as a centre for the Philadelphia Eagles. Travis holds the NFL record for the most consecutive seasons with 1,000 receiving yards by a tight end (6).

Travis Kelce’s Early Life and Background


Kelce was born in Westlake, Ohio to Ed and Donna Kelce. He attended Cleveland Heights High School with his brother Jason. Kelce was a great basketball and baseball player along with being a footballer. He was a quarterback for his high school team.


Kelce accepted a scholarship offer from the University of Cincinnati. He joined his brother Jason who was the starting left-guard for the college team. He was redhsirted in his freshman year and played 11 games as a tight end in his sophomore year. He was suspended the following year for failing a drug test due to marijuana usage. Travis became the team starter in the following year and made 13 catches, totalling 150 yards and 2 touchdowns. He earned first-team conference honours in his final year of college (2012). He was awarded the College Football Performance Awards Tight End of the Year in his final college season too.


Who drafted Travis Kelce?


Kelce was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2013 NFL Draft. He was overall pick number 63 and selected in the 3rd round of the Draft. The 2013 NFL Draft class also included players like wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, offensive tackle Lane Johnson, and running back Le’Veon Bell. The 2013 NFL Draft class is considered as one of the most underwhelming draft class in recent years with players like Kelce being one of the few stars from the Draft.


Travis Kelce’s NFL Journey


Kelce joined the Chiefs after signing a four-year rookie deal. He had to sit out his rookie season due to knee surgery, playing only one game. In his second season with the Chiefs, he played a total of 16 games and started 11 of them. He finished the season as the leading receiver for the Chiefs with a total of 67 receptions off 862 yards.


He started the 2015 season with his first multiple touchdown game in the NFL against the Houston Texans, with 2 touchdowns and 6 receptions for 106 yards. He started all of the 16 regular-season games and made it till the Divisional Round of the playoffs. He earned his first Pro-Bowl in 2015.


In 2016, Kelce signed a five-year contract extension worth $46 million. He helped the Chiefs to the Playoffs, losing out to the Pittsburgh Steelers after winning the AFC West title. In 2017, Kelce finished the regular season with a carer high of 8 receiving touchdowns. The Chiefs made it to another playoff loss to the Titans in the Wild Card Round. Kelce suffered a concussion in the first half of the game and sat out the rest of the match.


After losing in the AFC Championship game against the Patriots in the 2018 Playoffs, the Chiefs finally made it to the Super Bowl in 2018. Kelce caught 6 passes for 43 receiving yards in the Super Bowl game against the 49ers. He also made a receiving touchdown and made a carry for two rushing yards.


He made it to a consecutive Super Bowl appearance, losing out the Lombardi Trophy to Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 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.


Travis Kelce became the longest tenure member of the current Chiefs squad in 2021. He became the fastest tight end in NFL history to record 8000 career yards in the Week 2 game against the Ravens. He was named to his 7th consecutive Pro-Bowl. He failed to make it to a third Super Bowl after losing the AFC Championship against the Cincinnati Bengals.


Travis Kelce’s Teams


Kansas City Chiefs (2013-Present)


Kelce initially signed a four-year rookie contract with the Chiefs, worth $3.12 with a guaranteed amount of $703, 304. He missed his first season due to injury but since has been one of the most impactful players for the Kansas outfit. He helped the Chiefs reach two Super Bowls, winning one in 2019 (Super Bowl LIV). Kelce renewed his Chiefs contract in 2016. Kelce has made it to 7 Pro-Bowls as a Chiefs player. He holds several NFL records and also holds the franchise record for most 100+ yard receiving games (29).


Championships and Rings Won by Travis Kelce


Travis Kelce has won one Super Bowl Ring with the Kansas City Chiefs by winning the Super Bowl LIV. He has also won two Conference Championship rings as AFC Champion.


Travis Kelce Super Bowl Championship Rings


Super Bowl Year Team
LIV2020Kansas City Chiefs

Travis Kelce Championship Rings


ConferenceYear Team
American Football Conference (AFC) 2020Kansas City Chiefs
American Football Conference (AFC) 2021Kansas City Chiefs


Travis Kelce’s Super Bowl Stats


Total Super Bowl Appearances: 2

Super Bowl Record: 1-1


YearSuper BowlTeamOppositionResultReceptionsYardsTouchdownsLong gainTimes Targeted
2021LVKansas City ChiefsTampa Bay BuccaneersL, 9-311013303315
2020LIVKansas City ChiefsSan Francisco 49ersW, 31-206431116

Travis Kelce Awards and Honours


Awards

YearAwards/Honours
2020Super Bowl Champion
2016, 2018, 2020All-Pro First Team
2017, 2019, 2021All-Pro Second Team
2015-2021Pro Bowl
2010sNFL All Decade Team
2012First Team All-Big-East (College)


Travis Kelce NFL Records


  1. Consecutive 1,000+ yard seasons (6, 2016–2021)
  2. Most 1,000 yard seasons (6, 2016–2021)
  3. Receiving yards in a season (1,416, 2020)
  4. Most 100+ reception seasons (2)


*All Records are among NFL tight ends


Travis Kelce Net Worth


Travis Kelce’s net worth is approximately $12 million a year. His salary as of 2021 was around $14.3 million. His total earnings from his contracts alone are estimated to be around $150 million. He also receives endorsement bonuses from the midwestern grocery chain Hy-Vee.

Travis Kelce Family


Travis Kelce’s elder brother Jason is a centre for the Philadelphia Eagles and has won a Super Bowl himself along with 5 Pro-Bowls. Travis Kelce was part of a television show called ‘Catching Kelce’ in 2016. He was dating the winner Maya Banberry but they broke up in 2017. Kelce is currently dating social media influencer Kaya Nicole since 2017.

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