There’s nothing unusual about Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce and Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce. The brothers love nothing more than teasing each other and playing football — except maybe tussling with father Ed Kelce in the kitchen.
They may have wrenched their dad’s back and broke mother Donna Kelce’s stove, but Jason and Travis are truly devoted to each other both, and their parents are their biggest fans.
While the brothers played college football for Cincinnati, Travis played basketball in high school and older brother Jason played hockey. Travis is off the cuff, flamboyant, and likes to fly by the seat of his pants. Ed calls Jason “cerebral” and lower-key than his younger brother.
Jason Kelce: Terror of the offensive line
“Tenacious” perfectly describes NFL center, Jason. He played all 16 football games with injuries that sideline most players. He pushed through the pain and won Super Bowl LLI with the Eagles. Plagued by a Grade 2 MCL sprain, a torn elbow, and a broken foot, he still managed impressive stats, including 1,037 offensive snaps.
Jason was also voted best center and third-best offensive lineman in 2018. At 6-foot-3, the 280-pound athlete is an imposing figure every time he snaps the ball. It was his Super Bowl speech and Mummers costume that brought Jason notoriety that you just can’t buy.
Jason Kelce’s epic Super Bowl speech
The center stood at that podium and yelled, “Underdogs are hungry dogs.” He rattled off a list of what doubters had said about himself and his team, including that he was too small to be a center and how they proved the critics wrong. The Eagles brought home the only Super Bowl win in the franchise’s 52 years.
Travis Kelce: The flamboyant tight end
Travis gets emotional when he talks about his brother winning Super Bowl LII. The 6-foot-5 tight end is a few inches taller and 20 pounds lighter than Jason. But this makes him no less imposing when he’s at the top of his game.
Travis’s career stats are nearing former Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski’s. We wonder, if he plays at least another two years, he could eclipse them and go down in history as the game’s most famous tight end.
He’s yet to win a Super Bowl ring like his brother, but Travis is extremely proud of Jason’s accomplishments. They both have amazing careers and a dedicated support system.
Who has the better career, Jason or Travis?
It depends on who you ask. It’s tough comparing a center’s career with a tight end’s. If you go by stats and a Super Bowl win, Jason wins. If you rest on the fact that Travis was a third-round draft pick while Jason went in the sixth round, you may pick Travis. Both men are still with the teams that drafted them, so their careers are stable.
If you define a better career on salary, Jason wins. His contract extension through 2021 features a new salary of over $11 million — the league’s highest-paid center. If you rely on individual notoriety, the Kelce brothers just might be equal.
Since Gronkowski’s retirement in 2018, however, many say Travis has taken the throne as the best tight end. And if Jason can remain injury-free, he may round out his career as the top center ever.
The lifecycle of football players has dropped significantly for many reasons since 2011. And the Kelces are bucking the trend toward early retirement with careers already spanning twice as long as current average. With both arguably at the top of their game, it’s not a stretch that they could both show off rings at the next Kelce reunion.