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Everything you need to know about UC alum Travis Kelce

He's a legendary NFL tight end, a proud Cincinnati Bearcat, and Taylor Swift's boyfriend. Here's everything you need to know about Travis Kelce.

Cincinnati went wild for Taylor Swift when she brought her Eras Tour to the Queen City last summer. Now with Swift and University of Cincinnati alum Travis Kelce becoming the biggest celebrity couple since Brangelina, Swift-cinnati fever continues to grow.

The highly publicized couple had Swifties everywhere asking: Who is Travis Kelce?

Here’s everything you need to know about the NFL star.

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!

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 played ever since.

Both are Super Bowl champions

Beyond high-profile dating headlines, 2023 was 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.

While that was a first, both Kelces had played in — and won — Super Bowls in the past. This season marks Travis' fourth Super Bowl appearance.

Collage of player photos of Jason Kelce, Travis Kelce and Bryan Cook, who all played in Super Bowl LVII

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 last 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 talks about Taylor on there

The brothers also star in a 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.

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.

Or at least his merch is. 

After Swift’s appearance at a September Chiefs game — which was the most-watched NFL game — all things Kelce sold 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 now sold-out 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 a true 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.

Featured image at top of Travis Kelce/UC Althetics

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