Were Travis Kelce and Jason Kelce College Teammates at Cincinnati?
If you haven’t heard by now, Travis Kelce and Jason Kelce will become the first pair of brothers in NFL history to face off in the Super Bowl this Sunday. Travis, the starting tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs, and Jason, the starting center for the Philadelphia Eagles, won’t be on the field at the same time during Super Bowl 57, but it’ll still be a special day for the Kelce brothers and their family.
The Kelce brothers played together in high school and both attended the University of Cincinnati, but were they ever college teammates on the football team, and how close were they to becoming teammates in the NFL?
Were Travis Kelce and Jason Kelce teammates at Cincinnati?
The Kelce brothers grew up playing football together in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. They both played at Cleveland Heights High School and went on to attend the University of Cincinnati.
Jason enrolled at Cincinnati first in 2006, and he walked on to the football team as a linebacker and running back. After redshirting his first year, he moved to offensive line as a sophomore and played in nine games at center and guard. He also contributed to special teams and recorded a few tackles.
Jason finally won the starting job as a junior in 2008, which is the same year Travis joined the team. Travis redshirted as a freshman but officially teamed up with his older brother on the field in 2009. That season, Jason started all 13 games at left guard, and Travis appeared in 11 games as a tight end and wildcat quarterback. The Bearcats went undefeated in the regular season en route to a Big East championship, but they got smoked by Florida, 51-24, in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
In 2011, Jason entered the NFL draft and joined the Eagles as a sixth-round pick. Two years later, Travis got drafted in the third round by the Chiefs.
The Kelce brothers nearly became teammates in the NFL
In the 2013 NFL Draft, the Eagles had a chance to pair the Kelce brothers together again, but they decided instead to select Zach Ertz with their second-round pick. One round later, Travis went to the Chiefs.
The future Hall of Famers are still upset they never got the chance to play with each other in the NFL.
“Has playing together ever been a thought in our heads? Has it ever been close?” Travis asked on a recent episode of the New Heights with Jason and Travis Kelce podcast. “Me, personally, I think the closest it was ever going to be in the NFL was the 2013 draft, where the Eagles took Zach Ertz over me. I was butt hurt about it. I’m still butt hurt about it.”
“I think we were both upset on draft night when that happened,” Jason said. “But I think you would probably agree that things have worked out decent in Kansas City for you.”
On Sunday, the Kelce brothers will face off in Super Bowl 57 with the ultimate bragging rights on the line.