Travis Kelce has no plans to retire from the NFL in the near future, despite his increasing star power off the field.
Addressing reporters at a press conference ahead of the NFL Playoffs, the 34-year-old Kansas City Chiefs tight end dismissed any notions of ending his football career. Kelce, a standout both on and off the field, has garnered attention not only for his athletic prowess but also for his high-profile relationship with Taylor Swift, which has been a regular feature in headlines since last summer.
Kelce’s celebrity status has seen significant growth, highlighted by hosting Saturday Night Live in March, gracing the cover of the Wall Street Journal magazine in November, and becoming a familiar face in year-round television commercials.
“I have no reason to stop playing football,” Kelce told reporters at a press conference ahead of the NFL Playoffs
While acknowledging his enjoyment of ventures outside the sports world, Kelce emphasized that his focus remains on football. The experience with SNL, in particular, opened up new opportunities and brought him happiness, although he sees it as a future career path.
“I’ve been fortunate to do a few things outside of the sports world that I’ve been enjoying doing, like getting on camera,” Kelce said Thursday. “The SNL stuff kind of opened up a new happiness and a new career path for me, but it’s funny for me to even say that at this point in my career because I think it’s so much further down the road than it is right now.”
Expressing his passion for the game, Kelce affirmed that there is much more he wants to achieve in his professional football career, emphasizing his love for the sport and the ongoing success of the Chiefs.
“I love it,” Kelce said Thursday. “We still have success.”
On the field, Kelce continues to be a top player in the league, leading the Chiefs’ offense with 984 receiving yards and contributing five touchdowns in 15 games. His efforts have played a crucial role in the Chiefs securing their eighth-straight AFC West Championship and ninth-straight playoff appearance with an 11-6 overall record.
Despite the challenging path ahead in the playoffs, with potential matchups against strong teams like the Buffalo Bills and Baltimore Ravens, Kelce and the Chiefs are aiming to defend their 2023 Super Bowl victory and make it to the championship game for the fourth time in the last five seasons. The Kansas City Star estimates a 70 percent chance of the Chiefs reaching the Super Bowl.