Kansas City Chiefs star tight end Travis Kelce chose to sit out the regular season finale against the Los Angeles Chargers, snapping his streak of seven consecutive seasons with over 1,000 receiving yards
Travis Kelce, the star tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs, made a surprising decision to sit out the team’s final regular season game against the Los Angeles Chargers. This ended his record of seven consecutive seasons with over 1,000 receiving yards, finishing just 16 yards short of the mark.
Kelce chose to prioritise his health over personal achievements and potential financial gain, deciding he was not willing to take any risks which could cost the team if he missed any action in the upcoming playoffs. But teammate Patrick Mahomes also showed his selfless side – revealing he tried his hardest to “force” Kelce to play to reach the personal milestone.
In an interview with 610 Sports Radio, Mahomes said: “It’s the type of teammate he is – in all honesty I was trying to force him to play,” and “I knew he was going to try not to play and he wanted to be about the team and not about him.”
He added: ” I was trying to force him all the way up until game time and then he said, ‘No, that’s not who I am, I don’t want to play for those reasons. I want to get myself rested and healthy for the playoffs.’ ”
Despite not playing, Chiefs’ star quarterback Patrick Mahomes and backup Blaine Gabbert had planned plays for Kelce to reach over 1,000 yards while avoiding risk. “We had done that – we had some plays for him where we were going to get him open and stay away from contact and get him into spots where he can catch the ball and get down there,” Mahomes explained.
“But that’s just the type of guy he is – he’s not going to go out there and play for these reasons.”
However, with Kelce sitting out and ending the season with 984 yards, it marked one of his least successful seasons statistically. The last time Kelce achieved less than 1,000 yards was in 2015, when he managed only 875 yards on 72 receptions.