The conclusion of an era is imminent.
One of the NFL’s greatest tight ends is contemplating retirement, driven by the persistent pain and discomfort of accumulated injuries. Travis Kelce, the star player for the Chiefs, shared his thoughts on the possibility of leaving the field for good during a conversation with J.R. Moehringer for the Wall Street Journal.
Kelce expressed the depth of his contemplation, stating, “More than anyone could ever imagine.” The two-time Super Bowl champion admitted that the daily struggle with the aftermath of injuries has prompted serious consideration of an earlier exit from the physically demanding sport.
Opening up about a seldom-discussed aspect of his career, Kelce added, “That’s the only thing I’ve never really been open about—the discomfort, the pain, the lingering injuries, the 10 surgeries I’ve had that I still feel every single surgery to this day.”
Despite holding numerous NFL records, including the most receiving yards in a season by a tight end (1,416), the 34-year-old star is on track for a place in Canton at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. However, the immediate focus remains on pursuing a third Super Bowl victory in the last five seasons with the Chiefs before delving into discussions about life beyond football.