Travis Kelce is on his way to another Super Bowl with the Kansas City Chiefs as their tight end. Sporting a four-year, $57 million contract extension, Kelce is the second-highest-paid tight end in the NFL, just below George Kittle of the San Francisco 49ers who signed a five-year contract extension last year for $75 million, according to The Ringer. Despite being number two in money, Kelce was ranked as the number one tight end in the NFL for the 2020 season by CBS Sports. If Kelce and the rest of the Kansas City Chiefs are able to pull off the back-to-back Super Bowl win, that’ll only secure his status in the NFL as one of the greats.
While Kelce is most known for what he’s done on the field, there’s still a lot more to know about the Ohio native off the field. Just from a quick trip to his team’s website, you could find out that Kelce attended the University of Cincinnati and was the 63rd pick in the 2013 NFL draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. You might also know that he’s currently back together with his girlfriend, Kayla Nicole, after the two took a break in August, according to TMZ. However, you might not know some of these other fun facts about the NFL superstar.
Kelce was on a reality TV dating show
Before he was dating Kayla Nicole, Kelce was the bachelor in his very own reality TV dating show. In 2016, the tight end had his very own The Bachelor-like show named Catching Kelce for E!. According to TV Insider, the show differed from The Bachelor in a couple of ways. It wasn’t as grand of a spectacle, but what it missed in quality it more than made up for in quantity. Fifty different women tried to catch the tight end, and only one would be left standing in the end zone to spike the ball.
While Kelce did end up choosing Maya Benberry in the series finale, the two ultimately went their separate ways in 2017. He didn’t find love, but he did give his coach plenty of ammo for future jabs. According to The Bleacher Report, the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, Andy Reid, even named a play after Kelce’s dating show: "Catching Kelce." Only this time, Kelce did the catching and even scored a touchdown.
Kelce is not a hot sauce guy
Over the years, many celebrities have accepted the challenge of guesting on the First We Feast show, Hot Ones. Actors, like Paul Rudd and Daniel Radcliffe, have been interviewed by host, Sean Evans while eating wings that progressively get hotter. In 2016, while promoting Catching Kelce, the NFL tight end decided to test whether he could handle the sauces. It would prove to be a mistake.
Immediately in the interview, Kelce confessed that he is "not a big spicy food guy" (via YouTube). At one point, the footballer even gets dizzy from the heat and has a hard time paying attention to the questions being asked of him. While Kelce suffers, it is an entertaining interview to watch. Some of the most LOL-worthy Hot Ones episodes are the ones where the guests can’t take the heat, and Kelce was first to admit that this was a bad idea for him.
Kelce owns the Marty McFly shoes from ‘Back to the Future’
Kelce is a self-proclaimed "sneakerhead." He has an impressive collection, which can be seen in the background of his Zoom meetings (via Heavy). His love for sneakers almost had him completely broke. The tight end used most of his paycheck for his rookie year on shoes, according to The Bleacher Report. He confessed in an interview on Shannon Sharpe’s YouTube series Club Shay Shay that his first big purchase was the Marty McFly shoes from Back to the Future (via YouTube).
In the Hot Ones interview, Kelce revealed that he spent around $7500 on the shoes, but they’re not just for display. The football player has worn them at least twice and doesn’t understand why you would have sneakers if you weren’t going to wear them. His sneaker love has proved to be beneficial. Kelce was included in Sports Illustrated‘s "Fashionable 50" list in 2018, according to the Kansas City Chiefs. Kelce even admitted in that interview that his favorite item of clothing is his "Nike Air MAG ‘Marty McFly’ from the movie Back to the Future."
There is a Reuben sandwich named after Kelce
If you’re a Kansas City Chiefs fan, you might want to stop by McFadden’s in downtown Kansas City. According to Arrowhead Pride, the restaurant has a whole "Kingdom Specials" menu that has items named after Kansas City Chiefs players. Kelce is one of the lucky few to have a sandwich named after him — the Kelce’s Cincinnati Reuben. The sandwich pays homage to the fact that Kelce went to the University of Cincinnati. Its contents include beef, Swiss cheese, and "loads of sauerkraut."
If you’re wondering if Kelce has tried the Kelce’s Cincinnati Reuben; he has. The tight end talked about the sandwich on his Hot Ones episode, and even tweeted about it in 2014 with a picture with #scrumptious. You can try out the Kelce’s Cincinnati Reuben for yourself to see if it’s as scrumptious as Kelce says, or you can try another one of the Chiefs menu items, like a McGrath’s Lumberjack or The "Big Play" Hemingway.
Kelce actually wanted to be a quarterback
When Kelce started his football career in high school, he was a quarterback. According to Sportscasting, Kelce actually picked the University of Cincinnati over Michigan, Michigan State, and West Virginia because he was told that he would get a chance to play as a quarterback for UC. The other colleges wanted him to play tight end.
However, in 2010, Kelce was suspended from the Bearcats for failing a drug test (via USA Today). When he came back to the team, he was forced to play tight end only. That’s when his quarterback career ended, but it was for the best. Former UC assistant coach, Mark Elder, said, "It was such a natural fit that we all thought tight end was what he should be doing" (via Cincinnati Enquirer).
Now, Kelce is a top tight end in the league. He has one Super Bowl win and potentially another win on the way.