KANSAS CITY – Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce is one of the NFL’s best at his position. If not the best.
And he has a shot to be the best ever to play the game before it’s all said and done.
This is evidenced by the fact that Kelce leads every single tight end in NFL history in regard to the most receiving yards (9,006) through the first 10 seasons of a career.
The only thing is, Kelce has played just nine seasons in the NFL.
Technically, eight, if you want to count the fact he didn’t play a single offensive snap during his rookie year in 2013.
That’s right. Kelce’s played one less (or two) seasons than the qualifying threshold, yet has more receiving yards than Hall of Fame players such as Tony Gonzales, Shannon Sharpe, Ozzie Newsome, and Kellen Winslow. He also has more than eventual Hall of Famers Rob Gronkowski, Antonio Gates, and Jason Witten.
Kelce also already has the most 1,000+ yard receiving seasons (6) among all tight ends in NFL history. Gronkowski, Witten, and Gonzalez are second with four. And, all six of his 1,000+ yard receiving seasons have been in consecutive fashion.
And the proverbial icing on the cake: Kelce has six consecutive seasons with 80+ receptions and 1,000+ receiving yards in the same season over the course of his career. Not even receivers like Terrell Owens, Randy Moss, Calvin Johnson, Isaac Bruce, or Dez Bryant were able to accomplish that during their careers.
Before people start attempting to correlate Kelce’s success with the fact that Patrick Mahomes is his quarterback, they need to realize Kelce had four straight seasons with 860+ receiving yards, two of which included back-to-back 1,000+ receiving yard seasons, before Mahomes was named the Chiefs’ starter in 2018. The signs of greatness were already there.
Football debates are often complicated, but this one is simple: Kelce is a lock for the Hall of Fame and will simultaneously go down as the best tight end to ever play the game if he keeps this up.
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