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Chiefs’ Travis Kelce becomes first TE in NFL history with four straight 1,000-yard seasons

Travis Kelce, Chiefs

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce made history on Sunday in his team’s Week 15 matchup at home against the AFC West rival Denver Broncos, becoming the first player at his position to total four consecutive seasons with 1,000 or more yards.

Kelce, 30, is arguably the best tight end in the NFL right now (although the San Francisco 49ers’ George Kittle would have a word about that), and Sunday’s milestone is another notch in the four-time Pro-Bowler’s belt. The Chiefs selected the Cincinnati product in the third round of the 2013 draft and Kelce has been productive for the franchise ever since.

In his career entering today’s tilt with the Broncos, Kelce has 485 receptions for 6,225 receiving yards and 36 touchdowns. Kelce has been a bedrock in the passing game for Andy Reid’s Kansas City offense, bridging the Alex Smith years with the Patrick Mahomes era. Kelce has been a welcome part of Mahomes’ receiving corps alongside Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins (the latter of whom nearly missed today’s game with the snowstorm taking over the Missouri city).

Earlier this season Kelce became the first tight end in the league’s history to reach 6,000 yards and 450 receptions. Today’s accomplishment was another part of his career story, which looks to be inspiring for other pass-catching players at his position.

The Chiefs will need Kelce’s veteran presence on offense to bolster the team going into the postseason. It’s unclear who their Wild Card round opponent will be, but it could likely be either the Pittsburgh Steelers or Tennessee Titans. Kelce has prior experience against the Steelers as he was on the 2016-17 team that lost in the divisional round.