Travis Kelce, the outstanding tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs, recently shared his thoughts on surpassing Tony Gonzalez’s all-time franchise receiving yards record.
Speaking on “The New Heights” podcast with his brother Jason, presented by Wave Sports + Entertainment, Kelce expressed his profound honor at being mentioned in the same breath as Gonzalez.
“I should have broken this record like three games ago,” Kelce stated.
“And I’m just sitting here, either way, it’s an absolute f*g honor ever since I came here to Kansas City to be mentored by the greatest tight end to ever do it in Tony Gonzalez, to try and fill his shoes every single day and try to reach some of the milestones he’s set, like receiving yards in the franchise’s history. It’s just an honor to even be here in KC, to know greatness has walked those halls, and I can be a part of that greatness.”
Although Kelce’s performance in the win against the Miami Dolphins in Germany may not have been remarkable, as he caught only three passes for 14 yards, it was enough to surpass Gonzalez’s record, with the new number standing at 10,941 receiving yards.
Kelce, now in his 10th season with the Chiefs franchise, has already accumulated 57 receptions for 597 yards and four touchdowns in the current season.
Undoubtedly, the strong connection between Kelce and quarterback Patrick Mahomes has played a significant role in amassing such impressive receiving yardage, particularly this season, when the Chiefs’ wide receiver room has faced challenges.
Following their bye week, the Chiefs will seek to build upon their recent victory as they face the Philadelphia Eagles on November 20 in a Super Bowl rematch from earlier this year. With a 7-2 record, Kansas City currently sits atop the AFC West.
Travis Kelce’s record-breaking accomplishment not only signifies his individual success but also pays tribute to the remarkable legacy of Tony Gonzalez and the enduring greatness of the Chiefs franchise.