Travis Kelce, born October 5, 1989, went from being drafted as a two-star recruit in the third round of the 2013 N.F.L. draft to being named to the N.F.L. 2010s All-Decade Team. He has played as a tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs since 2013 and won the Superbowl over the San Francisco 49ers in 2019. Kelce holds the N.F.L. record for most consecutive seasons with 1,000 yards receiving by a tight end and is considered to be one of the best tight end players in the N.F.L. His stardom and achievements are not just limited to the world of sports: apart from being a multiple record holder, he was the star of his own dating show.
Travis Michael Kelce was born in Westlake, Ohio, on October 5, 1989. He attended Cleveland Heights High School in his hometown, excelling as a three-sport athlete (football, basketball, and baseball), and went on to play college football at the University of Cincinnati. He is the son of Ed and Donna and younger brother to Jason Kelce, who also plays in the N.F.L. as a center for the Philadelphia Eagles. Upon accepting a scholarship offer from the University of Cincinnati, Kelce joined his older brother and played for the Bearcats team from 2008 to 2012, save for a one-year suspension in 2010 due to failing a drug test. He began by playing as a tight end and quarterback but went on to establish himself as a reliable and driven tight end after winning the College Football Performance Awards Tight End of the Year in 2013.
Kelce’s professional career began with him being drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the third round of the 2013 N.F.L. draft. On June 6, 2013, he signed a four-year $3.12 million rookie contract with a signing bonus. He scored his first N.F.L. touchdown the following year against the Miami Dolphins on a 20-yard reception and progressed to being the Chiefs leading receiver during the 2014 season. In January 2016, Kelce signed a five-year contract extension, and in August 2020, he signed another four-year extension with the Chiefs through the 2025 season. Kelce helped his team win five division titles and went from being ranked no. 91 by his fellow players on the N.F.L. Top 100 Players of 2016 to no. 18 in 2020. His career highlights include winning the Super Bowl in 2019, being named to the First-team and Second-team All-Pro thrice, being named seven times to the Pro Bowl, and being announced as part of the N.F.L. 2010s All-Decade Team. As a tight end, his N.F.L. records include “most 1,000-yard receiving seasons,” “most consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons,” “most receiving yards in a season,” and “most 100-reception seasons.” He has also played the most 100+ yard receiving games in the Chiefs’ history.
Kelce established the “Eighty-Seven & Running” foundation in 2015 to facilitate underprivileged youth with mentorship and training. In January 2016, Kelce starred in “Catching Kelce,” an E! Entertainment Television dating show centered on himself. After the show ended, he started dating Maya Benberry, whom he chose as the winner, but they broke up in January 2017. He began dating social media influencer, host, and model Kayla Nicole in May 2017 but the couple broke up in 2022. In 2023, he was thrust into the spotlight when he began dating the Grammy-Award-Winning singer, Taylor Swift, who was spotted attending his games.
He accepts a scholarship offer from the University of Cincinnati, declining offers from Akron, Eastern Michigan, and Miami (O.H.).
Kelce begins his professional career with the Kansas City Chiefs.
He scores his first N.F.L. touchdown against the Miami Dolphins.
Kelce commences the 2015 season with his first N.F.L. multiple-touchdown game against the Houston Texans.
The Kansas City Chiefs defeat the San Francisco 49ers, winning the Super Bowl LIV.
Kelce becomes the longest-tenured member of the Kansas City Chiefs.
Why We Love Travis Kelce
He has strong family ties
Kelce turned down scholarship offers from renowned universities to follow in his brother’s footsteps at the University of Cincinnati. His parents ensure they show up to matches in support of their football player sons. When both Kelce brothers played in a game, his mom wore a specially designed shirt sporting both teams’ colors.
His journey to success is an inspiration
Despite humble beginnings and early injuries, Kelce steadily and consistently proved himself as one of the best tight ends in the N.F.L., winning several division titles. His journey to success proves you can achieve anything through hard work and determination.
He gives back to society
Kelce started a foundation to provide opportunities to underprivileged youth. He did this because he “wanted to give back to the city.”
5 Surprising Facts
Kelce loves a good joke
On April Fool's Day, Kelce gave his fans a scare by releasing a statement announcing that he was retiring from football to follow his childhood dream of playing for the Chicago Cubs!
Mischief on the field
During his second season with the Kansas City Chiefs, Kelce was fined for “unsportsmanlike conduct” for making rude gestures at the opposing team’s line back.
His surname is pronounced “Kelss”
Kelce admitted that he and his family got tired of correcting that their family name was popularly mispronounced and just ran with “Kel-see.”
He once suffered a concussion
During the 2017 season, Kelce suffered a concussion and could not finish the game.
Kelce is the second-highest-paid tight end
He is the second-highest-paid tight end in the N.F.L., surpassed only by George Kittle.
Travis Kelce FAQs
Are Travis Kelce and Kayla Nicole engaged?
The two began dating in 2017, briefly splitting up in the summer of 2020. While there was no public announcement of an engagement, the pair broke up in 2022.
How did Travis and Kayla meet?
True to a modern-day love story, they met on Instagram!
What is Travis Kelce’s salary?
Currently, Kelce makes $14.3 million in a season.
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