Travis Kelce Biography Facts, Childhood, Net Worth, Life

Travis Kelce Biography Facts, Childhood, Net Worth, Life
Kansas City Chiefs #87 Tight end Travis Kelce in 2019.

Travis Kelce is an American football player who plays in the Nation Football League (NFL) for the Kansas City Chiefs. In January 2020, Kelce along with Kansas City Quarterback Patrick Mahomes made headlines after the duo put on an incredible performance that helped Kansas City win the Super Bowl title for the first time in 50 years. Kelce who is widely hailed as one the fast-rising tight ends in the NFL is well admired across the NFL for his impeccable pace as well as his ability, his fusion and understanding with teammate, Mahomes, which has led the duo to form a really incredible partnership, undermining the defence of most NFL teams, as revealed in the 2019/20 NFL season. Travis Kelce biography facts, childhood, net worth and personal life present the life and profile of the fast-rising football star.

Travis Kelce Biography Facts, Wiki, Age, Nickname, Family, Wife

  • Full Name: Travis Michael Kelce 
  • Nicknames: Zeus, Wet Hot American Kelce
  • Date of Birth: October 5, 1989
  • Age: 34 years
  • Place of Birth: Westlake, Ohio
  • Nationality: American
  • Height: 1.96 m (6 ft 45 in)
  • Weight: 118 kg (260 lbs)
  • Education: Cleveland Heights High School; University of Cincinnati
  • Parents: Ed Kelce (father); Donna Kelce (mother)
  • Siblings: Jason Kelce (brother)
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Girlfriend: Kayla Nicole
  • Net Worth: $12 million
  • Occupation: American Football Player
  • League: NFL
  • NFL Draft: 2013 (Round 3; Pick 63) by the Kansas City Chief
  • Playing Position: Tight end
  • Jersey Number: #87
  • Playing Career: 2013–date 
  • Zodiac Sign: Libra

Travis Kelce Childhood Story & Early Life

Travis Kelce is one of two children born on 5 October 1989 to Ed and Donna Kelce. Ever since he was a boy, Kelce has been interested in sports and his interest was not limited to football only. Though the intricate details of his childhood are not widely known, he excelled in sport.

Kelce’s interest in sports and the success that followed became obvious when he began attending high school. In high school, Travis who was so much captivated by sport played football. He not only played football, but he also played baseball as well as basketball. Of the three sports he played in high school, his performance in football was the best of all. In his senior year, Kelce’s offence totalled 2,539 yards, and he earned 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions. 

Travis Kelce College Football Career Highlights

The University of Cincinnati (Cincinnati Bearcats Football)

Following his senior year in high school, ranking website, rated Kelce as a two-star prospect. Despite receiving scholarship offers from the University of Miami, University of Akron and Eastern Michigan University, he chose to unite with his brother at the University of Cincinnati. In his first year, Kelce was redshirted and played in 11 games both as a tight end and quarterback. In the 2009 season he had two touchdowns, and eight rushes in 47 yards.

Kelce did not play in the 2010 season as he was suspended after he violated the team’s rules. The suspension lasted for a year. In the 2011 season, Kelce was back in action again and had two touchdowns, and 13 catches in 150 yards. In his final year of college football, Kelce had a very impressive performance. He recorded the highest in his college career in touchdowns, with 8 touchdowns, in receptions and 45 touchdowns, in receiving yards, with 772 yards. For his performance, Kelce was named to the All-Conference First Team and was awarded the Tight End of the Year award at the College Football Performance Awards.

Travis Kelce Professional/NFL Career Highlights, Achievements & Awards

Kansas City Chiefs (2013–date)

After completing his college career, Kelce made the decision to enter the 2013 NFL draft. In the Draft, he was picked by the Kansas City Chiefs in the third round as their 63rd overall pick. In June 2013, he went on to sign a four years contract with the Kansas City Chiefs worth $3.12 million with a $703,304 signing bonus. 

Kelce had a really bad start in the NFL. In his first season, he sustained an injury and had to undergo surgery, which left him out of action for the rest of the 2013 season. Kelce played in just one game during the season and had no stats recorded. In the 2014 season, Kelce earned more playing time. In Week 3 of the season, he had the first touchdown of his NFL career. In November, in a game against the Denver Broncos, Kelce was fined $11,025, following what was described as ‘unsportsmanlike conduct’. Kelce had used his hand to simulate a masturbating motion towards the Denver Broncos linebacker, Von Miller. The next game after the incident, he earned his first game in the NFL with receiving yards of more than 100 yards. He had 110 receiving yards in the season. He led his team in reception.

In the 2015 season, Kelce had a good season. He recorded many touchdowns and in every game he played, he had a minimum of one receptionHe was thus named in the ESPN top tight ends in the NFL. He also was named to his first Pro Bowl. Kelce also played in his first playoffs as the Chiefs cruised past the Houston Texans. In the Divisional Round, the New England Patriots defeated the Chiefs. In January 2016, Kelce agreed to a $46 million contract extension with the Chiefs. He was ranked as the 91st player in the top 100 NFL Players of 2016.

In a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, he was removed following what was tagged as ‘unsportsmanlike conduct’ where he threw his towel at a match official following arguments over penalties. He was fined $24,309. That season he had a very impressive performance and was named to the Pro Bowl for the second successive time, but this time as a starter. Kelce was named to the All-Pro First team and ranked 26th in the Top 100 NFL Players of 2017.

In the 2017 season, Kelce was once again in top form. He earned his third successive Pro Bowl appearance and ended his season with the highest receiving touchdowns he has ever recorded in his career, 8 touchdowns. In the Top 100 NFL Players of 2018, he was ranked 24th. In the Wildcard round of the playoffs, he suffered a concussion. In the 2018 season, his partnership with Patrick Mahomes started. As the star rose, Kelce receptions also increased. He was then named to the Pro Bowl, and All-Pro First team. In the AFC Championship, the Chiefs lost to the New England Patriots.

The 2019 season was the season where Kelce truly established himself as a front runner in the NFL. Despite injuries to Patrick Mahomes, he led the NFL in receiving yards during the midseason. In a game against the Chicago Bears, he became the fastest tight end in the NFL to record 500 receptions. At the end of the 2019 regular season, Kelce had become the first tight end in the NFL to have at least 1000 receiving yards in four successive seasons, a monumental achievement for Kelce. In the AFC Championship, the Chiefs defeated the Tennessee Titans, to make it to the Super Bowl LIV. Kelce had an amazing performance with Patrick Mahomes in the Super Bowl LIV against the San Francisco 49ers, which saw the Chiefs emerge Super Bowl champions for the first time in 50 years

Travis Kelce Net Worth, Salary & Philanthropy

Travis Kelce’s net worth is valued at about $12 million. His average salary is valued at $9.3 million. Kelce has a nutrition brand named Hilo Nutrition and a lifestyle brand named TruKolors. He also has a foundation, named 87 & Running, where proceeds from his TruKolors brands are channelled. The purpose of his foundation is to provide disadvantaged kids with resources such as education, which are important to be successful. 

Travis Kelce Personal Life, Relationship & Trivia

He is in a relationship with Kaylee Nicole, a Pepperdine University graduate who is a media personality.

In 2016, he appeared in a dating reality TV show where he chose Maya Benberry. The couple’s relationship which was subject to public scrutiny lasted for a few months.

In May 2019, Kelce was inducted into the Cleveland Heights high school Hall of Fame, along with his brother, Jason Kelce. Jason is an American footballer who plays for the Philadelphia Eagles

Travis Kelce has had a controversial reputation right since when he was in college. He was suspended from the college football team after he tested positive to a Marijuana test. His scholarship was thus revoked and he had to pay his tuition himself. He was also caught on camera shoving his coach following an argument, an action which he says he regrets. Aside from that, he has been fined for ‘unsportsmanlike conducts’ in the NFL more than once.

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