There are stories out there about famous athletes who spent all their money and went completely broke. That almost happened to Travis Kelce. Luckily for him, though, he has continued to ball and has ultimately become one of the greatest tight ends to ever play in the NFL. He doesn’t just make the Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl contenders, but he gives them a chance to become a dynasty. However, he recently admitted that he maybe didn’t make the smartest decisions when he received his first contract in the NFL.
Travis Kelce has become one of the greatest tight ends of all-time
The Kansas City Chiefs selected Travis Kelce in the third round of the 2013 NFL draft out of the University of Cincinnati. He has ultimately become one of the greatest tight ends to ever play.
After only appearing in one game in 2013, Kelce caught 67 passes for 862 yards and five touchdowns in 2014 for the Chiefs. He then earned his first Pro Bowl selection in 2015 with KC, as he caught 72 passes for 875 yards and five touchdowns.
Kelce has ultimately earned six consecutive Pro Bowl selections, and since 2016, he has gained over 1,000 receiving yards in five straight seasons. He also earned First-Team All-Pro honors in 2016 and 2018, and gained 1,336 receiving yards, as well 10 TD catches, in 2018.
What really makes him valuable to the Chiefs’ success, though, is what he has done in the playoffs. In 2019, Kelce caught 19 passes for 207 yards and four touchdowns in the Chiefs’ three playoff games. This ultimately helped them win their first Super Bowl since the 1969 season.
It appeared that Kelce couldn’t get much better, but he went on to have the best season of his career in 2020. He caught 105 passes for 1,416 yards and 11 touchdowns. This helped him finish second in receiving yards in the entire league, and he ultimately broke the record for most receiving yards by a tight end in a single-season.
For his career, Kelce has caught 612 passes for 7,881 yards and 48 touchdowns.
He has earned a lot of money with the Kansas City Chiefs
Kelce’s incredible play with the Chiefs has helped him become a pretty rich man. In August 2020, he signed a four-year, $57.25 million extension, according to ESPN.
Spotrac estimates that Kelce has already made $33.68 million in his career, but after his current contract ends in 2025, it’s estimated that he will have made $99.93 million. That’s not including anything he has made from endorsements, either.
Because of all this, Celebrity Net Worth estimates that Kelce is worth $20 million.
However, he almost went completely broke.
Travis Kelce said he spent all the money from his rookie contract
Kelce recently appeared on Shannon Sharpe’s Club Shay Shay, and Sharpe asked him about the first thing he purchased with the money from his rookie contract.
“I spent it all, Shannon,” Kelce said on the Jan. 5 episode. “I should have been on the 30 for 30 Broke the way I was spending my money. All the young guys in the league, all the guys that have the opportunity to get that big first check from the NFL — save it. … I was searching around for car deals after my first year trying to just pay rent.”
So, what did Kelce buy with all that money?
“I’m a big sneaker fan,” Kelce said. “The Marty McFlys, the Back To The Future and the Nike Air Max were the first purchase of kicks that I got. I knew I wanted them ever since I saw them self-tie themselves on McFly’s feet. On top of that, I always wanted a [Rolex], man, so I went out and got myself a rolly from a Kansas City jewelry shop. I was walking in this empty apartment with some Marty McFlys on and a Rolex; I felt like I was the coolest guy in the world.”
At least, Kelce’s hard work has helped him become the dominant player he is today. He has earned all that money back and then some.
Kelce isn’t just one of the most talented tight ends in the league anymore. He’s also one of the richest.
Stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference