Everything you need to know about UC alum Travis Kelce
Why Bearcats are buying into the latest Taylor Swift buzz
Cincinnati went wild for Taylor Swift when she brought her Eras Tour to the Queen City this summer. Now Swift-cinnati fever grows as the superstar singer-songwriter has been linked to University of Cincinnati alum and NFL star Travis Kelce.
Swifties everywhere are asking: Who is Travis Kelce? Here’s everything you need to know about Taylor’s latest rumored romance.
He's a Bearcat
Travis Kelce attended UC from 2008-2012. Now known as one of the top tight ends in NFL history, Kelce actually started his football career in school as a quarterback.
He was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2013, and he’s played there for his entire career.
In 2022, Kelce finished his remaining credit hours to complete his degree — a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies from the College of Arts and Sciences — making him an official UC graduate. We love to see it!
So is his brother
Older brother Jason Kelce is also a Bearcat-turned-NFL star. He attended UC from 2006-2010, playing alongside brother Travis during their overlapping years before being drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2011, where he’s played ever since.
Both are Super Bowl champions
Beyond high-profile dating rumors, 2023 has been a huge year for the Kelce brothers. When the Chiefs and Eagles advanced to Super Bowl LVII, Travis and Jason became the first set of brothers to compete against one another in the championship game. Travis and the Chiefs clinched the victory, but some would argue the real winner was their mom (with whom Swift was spotted watching Sunday’s Chiefs-Browns game in Kansas City).
While that was a first, both Kelces had played in — and won — Super Bowls in the past.
He’s used to the spotlight
Travis Kelce is no stranger to the public eye, on and off the field, so he knows all too well about a life in the spotlight.
In 2016, Kelce’s dating life was put on display in an E! reality show called “Catching Kelce.”
Fresh off his Super Bowl win this year, Kelce flexed his comedy chops hosting “Saturday Night Live.”
For the past year he’s hosted a popular podcast, "New Heights," with his brother Jason. And yes, he’s mentioned Taylor on there. While fans are clamoring for the rumored couple to speak now on their relationship, Kelce kept it fairly vague.
The brothers also star in a new documentary on Amazon Prime Video aptly titled “Kelce.” Originally intended to center on Jason’s final NFL season, the film focuses on the season that brought the brothers to the Super Bowl, as Jason expands his family while considering retirement.
He gives back
Kelce knows that paying it forward brings good karma, and he founded a nonprofit in 2015 as a way to give back. His Eighty-Seven & Running Foundation helps underserved youth through mentorship programs.
In 2022, Kelce launched a health and wellness endowment for UC athletes through his foundation, funding a psychology and counseling department for Bearcats.
"This off-the-field game is every bit as difficult."— Cincinnati Bearcats (@GoBEARCATS) February 7, 2023
In November, @tkelce and his @87Running Foundation launched the Endowment for University of Cincinnati Student-Athlete Health and Wellness.
Join Travis and the #Bearcats in this initiative at https://t.co/Nhpf5S4ezr. pic.twitter.com/I2UECAzXXG
He’s selling out
Or at least his merch is.
After Swift’s appearance at Sunday’s Chiefs game — which was the most-watched NFL game last week — all things Kelce are selling like hotcakes, from his merchandise to Chiefs home game tickets. Kelce's seen huge growth in his podcast audience and followers on social media. UC even released a limited-edition Kelce Bearcats jersey. The university can also attribute its own rising ticket and merchandise sales to its recent entrance into the Big 12.
Indeed, everything Swift touches seems to turn to gold. The economic boost seen in cities that hosted her Eras Tour concerts like Cincinnati has been dubbed “the Taylor Swift effect." Call it what you want, her two-concert stop brought approximately $48 million to Greater Cincinnati.
Whether this is the beginning of their love story or just publicity folklore, fans at UC and across the country can’t seem to get enough Swift and Kelce. That includes another Bearcat-gone-pro: Atlanta Falcons quarterback Desmond Ridder.
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