In 2023, Travis Kelce continues to be in the spotlight, from securing a second Super Bowl victory to making appearances on Saturday Night Live and being engulfed in Taylor Swift mania.
On Sunday, Kelce etched another historic achievement onto his calendar, marking a significant moment in his illustrious career with the Kansas City Chiefs. During the Week 12 clash against the Las Vegas Raiders, Kelce reached 11,000 career receiving yards, an accomplishment that solidified his status as the fourth tight end and the fastest to achieve this milestone.
The pivotal moment occurred in the second quarter when Kelce made a 27-yard catch, surpassing the 11,000-yard mark. Impressively, he accomplished this feat in his 154th game, setting a new speed record in the NFL’s chronicles. The previous record-holder, Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez, achieved this milestone in 191 games, making Kelce’s achievement even more remarkable.
Entering the game, Kelce needed a mere 15 yards to reach the 11,000-yard milestone, a goal he easily surpassed with his exceptional catch.
Kelce, who already ranked fourth all time in receiving yards among tight ends and was one of four tight ends with 10,000 yards, has now set his sights on surpassing Antonio Gates (11,841 yards), a goal he could realistically achieve in 2024. The all-time leaders in tight end receiving yards include Jason Witten at 13,036 yards and Gonzalez at the pinnacle with 15,127 yards.
As an eight-time Pro Bowler and four-time All-Pro, Kelce continues to enhance his Hall of Fame-worthy resume, making a compelling case as one of the greatest tight ends in NFL history. At 34 years old, he stands among the top four in career receptions and receiving yards for a tight end, holds the record for the most 100-yard receiving games in that position, and is well on his way to securing an eighth 1,000-yard season—an achievement unparalleled by any other tight end with no more than four such seasons. Sunday’s milestone further solidified Kelce’s extraordinary year, contributing to what could be considered a career for the ages.