GOAT Status: Where Does Travis Kelce’s Stats Rank Among Tight Ends?

Kansas City’s Star Tight End is Already in Legendary Territory

As Patrick Mahomes establishes himself as the greatest quarterback of his era, his running mate, Travis Kelce may already be the greatest tight end of all time. One glimpse at Travis Kelce’s stats shows why several legendary tight ends like Shannon Sharpe and Antonio Gates have already baptized him. And heading into 2023, he has a chance to further build on his resume.

Travis Kelce in 2023

More than Just Stats: Why Kelce is the ‘GOAT’

The superstar tight end continues to break NFL records. Travis Kelce’s stats already have him in the top four in receptions (814) and receiving yards (10,344) and sixth in touchdowns (69). And he’s still got at least two or three more solid seasons left if he stays healthy.

Kelce also has set tight ends records with the most seasons with 1,000+ receiving yards (7), most receiving yards in a season (1,416), seasons with 100+ receptions (3), and games with 100+ receiving yards (35). In short, he’s been almost unstoppable.

And these are just Travis Kelce’s stats. This is not even counting his other accolades: two Super Bowl titles, seven All-Pro selections (four First-team), and eight Pro Bowls. He was also named to the 2010s All-Decade Team.

Beyond his stats, Kelce is also a formidable blocker and inspiring teammate. He has a podcast with his brother, Philadelphia Eagles lineman Jason Kelce, in which his convivial personality further shines.

Travis Kelce’s Player Profile & Stats

Kelce was drafted by the Chiefs in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Kansas City’s new coach, Andy Reid, selected Kelce thanks to his familiarity with Jason from Philadelphia. While Kelce missed most of his first season with an injury, he quickly became a prolific player. He finished in the top five of NFL player stats for his position in the subsequent years and was named to his first Pro Bowl in 2015.

Last Year’s Stats

In his ninth full season, Kelce recorded a few personal bests as he played in all 17 games. He was selected to the All-Pro First team for the fourth time and made his eighth straight Pro Bowl.

RECEIVING:

  • TGT: 152
  • REC: 110
  • YDS: 1,338
  • Y/R: 12.2
  • TD: 12
  • Y/G: 78.7
  • CTCH%: 72.4%

These stats were all above Kelce’s seasonal averages. He helped Kansas City finish atop the NFL standings in 2023 and was even more dominant in the postseason. In three games, Kelce scored four touchdowns and caught 27 of Mahomes’s 31 passes.

Can Kelce Make More NFL History?

Since playing with Mahomes, Kelce has averaged 108 receptions, 1,369 receiving yards, and 10 touchdowns in a 17-game schedule. Assuming he puts this up for 2023, he will be just behind Gates at fourth all-time in receptions in receiving yards by a tight end. Kelce will also overtake Jason Witten for fifth all-time in receiving TDs.

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