Kelce says he'll play in 2024: 'I want that 3-peat'
Travis Kelce guaranteed that he's returning for the 2024 season with the Kansas City Chiefs, brushing off speculation he'd call it a career after winning back-to-back Super Bowl titles.
"Hell yeah. I want that three-peat," the 34-year-old said postgame, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler.
Kelce caught nine passes for 93 yards on Sunday, helping Kansas City storm back to a 25-22 overtime victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LVIII. It's the team's third Super Bowl title in the last five years under quarterback Patrick Mahomes and head coach Andy Reid.
"What we had in there with this team, to see guys rise to the occasion, to see guys put stats aside ... that's something special that not only you learn from, but I'll take with me. And these memories will last forever," Kelce said, according to USA Today.
The Chiefs scored only three first-half points and trailed for most of Super Bowl LVIII. However, Mahomes, Kelce, and Co. engineered yet another comeback victory to lift the Lombardi Trophy. Wide receiver Mecole Hardman walked off the 49ers with a 3-yard touchdown catch in overtime.
Hardman played his first four NFL seasons with the Chiefs but signed with the New York Jets during the 2023 offseason. Kansas City made an October trade to reunite with the wide receiver after he had just one catch in five appearances with the AFC East team.
"Mecole is one of my favorite teammates ever. … We were so excited when he got back in the building because he's the kind of a guy that brings everybody together," Kelce said Sunday.
The superstar tight end has amassed 907 career catches for 11,328 yards and 74 touchdowns across 159 regular-season games in 11 seasons with the Chiefs. He hauled in 984 yards in 2023, his first campaign with fewer than 1,000 yards since 2015.