Travis Kelce

Travis Kelce

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Kelce in 2014
No. 87Kansas City Chiefs
Position: Tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-10-05) October 5, 1989
Place of birth: Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight: 260 lb (118 kg)
Career information
High school: Cleveland Heights (OH)
College: Cincinnati
NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 3 / Pick: 63
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • Pro Bowl (2015)
  • First-team All-Big East (2012)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 13, 2016
Receptions: 204
Receiving yards: 2,552
Receiving touchdowns: 13
Player stats at

Travis Michael Kelce (/ˈkɛlsi/; born October 5, 1989) is an American football tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Chiefs in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Cincinnati.

High School

Kelce attended Cleveland Heights High School in his hometown of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, where he was a three-sport athlete in football, basketball and baseball for the Cleveland Heights Tigers. In football, he was a three-year letterwinner as quarterback, and was recognized with All-Lake Erie League honors after totaling 2,539 yards of total offense as a senior. He collected 1,016 yards rushing, including 10 touchdowns and 1,523 passing yards on 103-of-198 attempts, with 21 scores and eight interceptions in 2007.

College career

Considered a two-star recruit by, Kelce accepted a scholarship offer from the University of Cincinnati over offers from Akron, Eastern Michigan, and Miami of Ohio.[1] He joined his brother, Jason Kelce, who was already the center for Cincinnati. After redshirting in 2008, he appeared in 11 games, playing at tight end and quarterback out of the Wildcat formation. He tallied eight rushes for 47 yards and two touchdowns along with one reception for three yards in 2009. The following season, he did not play due to a violation of team rules.[2] After serving a one-year suspension, Kelce was back with the team to start the 2011 season. For the season, he saw action in games as a tight end and recorded 13 catches totaling 150 yards and two touchdowns. In his last season, he set personal career highs in receptions (45), receiving yards (722), yards per receptions (16.0), and receiving touchdowns (8), he also earned first-team all-conference honors. In March 2012, Kelce was named winner of the College Football Performance Awards Tight End of the Year.[3]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 5 in 255 lb 4.61 s 1.61 s 2.72 s 4.42 s 7.09 s 35 in 10 ft 4 in 22 reps
All values from Pro Day[4]

NFL Draft

He was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the third round (63rd pick overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft.[5] The Chief's had hired Andy Reid as their new head coach during the off-season. Reid was familiar with Kelce after he had drafted and coached his brother, Jason Kelce, during his time with the Philadelphia Eagles.[6]

Kansas City Chiefs

On June 6, 2013, the Chiefs signed him to a four-year, $3.12 million rookie contract that also included a signing bonus of $703,304.[7]

On November 30, 2014, he was fined $11,025 for "unsportsmanlike conduct" during a 16-29 loss to the Denver Broncos. Kelce made a inappropriate hand gesture and simulated a jerking motion at the Broncos Von Miller. Chiefs coach Andy Reid later called this "immature".[8] Kelce went on to become the Chiefs leading receiver during the 2014 season, totaling 862 yards off 67 receptions.[9]

On January 29, 2016, Kelce signed a five-year, $46 million contract extension.[10]

On November 6, 2016, Kelce was ejected from the game after receiving two "unsportsmanlike conduct" penalties after arguing with two referees over not having a pass interference penalty called on Jaguar's cornerback Prince Amukamara. Amukamara grabbed Kelce's facemask while trying to defend a potential touchdown in the end zone. Kelce argued with an official over the no-call and threw a towel in the direction of the referee as though he were flagging the ref after he was penalized the first time, leading to the second call and the ejection.[11] On November 11, 2016, it was reported that Kelce was fined $24,309 for his subsequent "unsportsmanlike conduct" penalties the previous game.[12]

Personal life

He is the younger brother of Jason Kelce, center for the Philadelphia Eagles.

On January 29, 2016, E! Entertainment Television announced that Kelce would be starring in his own dating show, "Catching Kelce". The show will feature women from each state competing against each other. He is now dating contestant Maya Benberry but it is rumored that they have broken up due to pictures of him being deleted from Benberrys Instagram [13]


  1. "Travis Kelce". Yahoo!.
  2. Justin Pawlowski (February 23, 2013). "NFL Draft: TE Travis Kelce's Character Concerns". CBS Tampa Bay. Retrieved September 9, 2015.
  3. "2012 CFPA TIGHT END TROPHY". College Football Performance Awards. Retrieved September 9, 2015.
  5. Adam Teicher (April 26, 2013). "Chiefs draft TE Kelce, RB Davis in NFL Draft's third round". Kansas City Star. Archived from the original on April 30, 2013. Retrieved September 9, 2015.
  6. Joel Thorman (April 27, 2013). [ "Chief's draft picks 2013:5 things you need to know about Travis Kelce"] Check |URL= value (help). Retrieved November 6, 2016.
  7. " Travis Kelce contracts". Retrieved October 29, 2016.
  8. Adam Teicher (December 6, 2014). "Travis Kelce fined $11K for gesture". ESPN. Retrieved September 9, 2015.
  9. "Kansas City Chiefs Stats - 2014". ESPN. Retrieved September 9, 2015.
  10. "Kelce signs rich contract extension with Chiefs". Retrieved 2016-01-30.
  11. Nick Shook (November 6, 2016). "Travis Kelce ejected from Chief's game after tirade". Retrieved November 6, 2016.
  12. Jeremy Bergman (November 11, 2016). "Travis Kelce fined 24K for Unsportsmanlike Conduct". Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  13. "Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce to have his own reality TV dating series". Retrieved 2016-01-30.

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