Chiefs TE Travis Kelce: "I'm More Motivated Than Ever" from The Mothership
"They ride and die with us every single week," Kelce said of Chiefs Kingdom. "I see them out there and I know it hurts them when we lose, and I know how ecstatic and how fun the city is when we're winning. For me to be able to represent them for the next few years, it makes me proud and makes me want to keep getting better every single day.
"When you come together and feel how special it was when we were rolling this year, it makes you want more. It really does, and with all of this comes a lot of responsibility, and right now, I'm more motivated than ever to go out there and be a dominant performer for the Chiefs for many years to come."
Chiefs Sign Travis Kelce to Contract Extension from The Mothership
"Today we reached an agreement with Travis and his representatives on a contract extension," Chiefs General Manager John Dorsey said. "He's a talented football player that has become an important piece to what we do offensively. Travis is a high-character guy and a leader in our locker room."
Travis Kelce is the 2015 KC Boys and Girls Club Role Model of the Year from The Mothership
"When I was younger, being introduced to the game of football meant everything to me," Kelce explained. "Ultimately, that experience is why it became my profession. That's one reason why I thought it was so important to help sponsor the flag football league at the Clubs and visit with the kids there.
"To me, there isn't anything special about my actions, it was just the right thing to do, which is why this is such a humbling honor to receive."
Where Are the Chiefs on the Pro Bowl Rosters? from The Mothership
Of the five Kansas City Chiefs players playing in the game, four were drafted to Team Rice:
Team Rice (coached by Andy Reid and the Chiefs coaching staff)
That left just one Chiefs player for Team Irvin:
Team Irvin (coached by Winston Moss and the Packers coaching staff)
This is How the 2015 Chiefs Season Will Be Remembered from The Mothership
It took a franchise-record 11-straight wins after losing the team's all-time leading rusher, nine different starting combinations along the offensive line due to injuries and a safety beating cancer only to return to his All-Pro form just a year removed from his first round of chemotherapy.
It was a special season for the Chiefs for so many reasons, but above it all, the story is one that includes a playoff victoryâthe first for the organization in more than two decades.
"I didn't realize the impact of winning a playoff game until I started talking to the people in the community after the game and talking to the people in the buildingâwatching the Hunt family and how excited they were," general manager John Dorsey explained. "I'm sitting there and saying 'This really means something'.
"It means something to the organization. It means something to the community. And you know, there's a degree of accomplishment in that regard."
2016 Senior Bowl: Who Are the Top Draft Prospects the Chiefs Might Consider? from The Mothership
It's one of the most important weeks of the year for these players who are trying to live out their dreams of making an NFL roster, and Saturday's game will be the last time they put on the pads before the NFL Draft later this spring.
The Kansas City Chiefs have selected a player who competed in the Senior Bowl in each of the three drafts under general manager John Dorsey, including two of his three first-round picksâ
Eric Fisher(2013) and Dee Ford(2014).
As fans get set to watch the game on Saturday, here's a Q&A with Bleacher Report's lead NFL Draft writer Matt Miller as to which senior prospects stood out this week.
Chiefs sign tight end Travis Kelce to five-year contract extension worth $46 million from The Kansas City Star
Kelce was there to promote a new video game that promotes financial education â good timing, it turns out â and after speaking to the students and giddily playing the game with them, he turned his attention to his own future.
"KC knows I want to be here," Kelce said. "They do know that I'm very comfortable here, I love the coaching staff, I love the players, I love the city, the community.
"I've embraced it and I told everybody it's my home away from home. I'm in this city, and if the money is right, I'd love to absolutely stay here."
Kelce said those words Jan. 19, and it took the Chiefs fewer than two weeks to make that dream come true as Kelce signed a contract extension that makes him the NFL's second-highest paid player at his position.
Chiefs sign Travis Kelce to five-year, $46 million contract extension from Chiefs Digest
And Kelce, a native of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, is thrilled his future includes being in a Chiefs uniform during the prime years of his career.
"I'm ecstatic," Kelce said in a conference call with Chiefs beat writers. "I can't be more thankful, more happy of the situation I'm in right now.
"I love Kansas City to death. I embraced it ever since I got there. The community absolutely loves the Chiefs and the Royals. It's a blue-collar city just like I grew up in and I can't be thankful enough for how they embraced me as a player. It's an exciting day."
The Chiefs tweeted Friday that Kelce had signed the extension while in Hawaii for the Pro Bowl. They did not disclose contract terms.
Kelce said one of the first people he heard from to congratulate him was wide receiver Jeremy Maclin.
"Everyone's happy for one another, and it's going to be fun working with him and everybody else in the locker room for years to come," Kelce said.
Chiefs sign TE Travis Kelce to five-year, $46 million contract from The Associated Press via FS Kansas City
"I'm living the dream," Kelce said. "Literally."
Never has a cliche been more appropriate.
The Kansas City Chiefs signed their burgeoning young pass catcher to a deal that includes $20.5 million in guarantees, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the Chiefs did not reveal terms of the agreement
The Chiefs made a significant commitment to Kelce. The contract he signed as a third-round pick in 2013 still has one more season to go.
But they apparently learned their lesson from the financial beating they took last year with linebacker Justin Houston. Instead of locking Houston up a year early, they had to make him their franchise player and eventually sign him to the richest contract in team history.
Kelce's contract won't be that, but he still comes at a cost.
Chiefs' Travis Kelce is getting his very own dating show on cable from The Kansas City Star
Kelce's manager, Aaron Eanes, told The Star that the show will be [filmed] in March and won't conflict with Kelce's football-related activities. According to Eanes, Kelce required that the show be shot around his training schedule.
Here is a sampling of the reaction to the news of the show:
Identifying needs, positions for Chiefs to address in 2016 from Chiefs Digest
The Kansas City Chiefs head into the offseason with fewer glaring needs than the past three seasons.
Still, the Chiefs will have 14 unrestricted free agents, ten coming on the defensive side of the ball, scheduled to hit the market on March 9.
The group of players are safety Eric Berry, linebacker Derrick Johnson, cornerback Sean Smith, guard Jeff Allen, defensive end Jaye Howard, quarterback Chase Daniel, offensive tackle Donald Stephenson, wide receiver Jason Avant, safety Husain Abdullah, safety Tyvon Branch, defensive end Mike DeVito, linebacker Frank Zombo, cornerback Jamell Fleming and linebacker Dezman Moses.
With potential holes to fill, here are key areas the Chiefs may need to focus on either in free agency or the draft to make a run at the Lombardi Trophy.
Except for a brief, early 3-0 lead by the Detroit Lions in one of those games, the Chiefs hadn't trailed since the winning streak started.
That changed against the Bills. Buffalo took an early lead of 10-0 and was up 16-7 late in the second quarter when the Chiefs unveiled a deep passing game they hadn't shown much in their three seasons with Alex Smith at quarterback.
With the Chiefs at the Buffalo 41, Smith took a deep drop and threw down the right sideline for Jeremy Maclin.
Although Kelce's nickname is "Zeus," he has also been labeled "Baby Gronk" due to physical gifts resembling those of Rob Gronkowski.
Whereas the Patriots' All-Pro is a better blocker, a more powerful player and a greater red-zone threat, Kelce has a slight edge in speed and elusiveness in the open field. In fact, Kelce is the only tight end to compile more yards after the catch than Gronkowski over the past two seasons.
It was only later that he realized the significance of sharing the field on Jan. 15, 1967 for the first Super Bowl, between the NFL champion Green Bay Packers and the AFL champion Kansas City Chiefs, with the all-white band from the University of Arizona.
The director of the Fine Arts Center was interviewed about his experience, which will be part of a two-hour CBS special that looks at the history of Super Bowl entertainment. The show will be hosted by Chris O'Donnell and features past Super Bowl performers including Beyoncé, Bono and Katy Perry.
Curry recalls Super Bowl beginnings from My AJC
While the world conceded that the lordly Packers would easily handle the representative from the upstart AFL, the Kansas City Chiefs, Lombardi was unusually stressed. He was under great pressure from all the NFL brass to put the Chiefs in their place.
Said Curry, "He had a way of getting you focused. He would use fear and harassment, whatever it took If you were not sufficiently hateful by about Thursday, he figured, I'm going to make sure you hate me enough by Sunday that you'll be ready to kill ‘em.
How Will The Patriots Improve The Offensive Line In 2016? from CBS Boston
Cleveland Browns right tackle Mitchell Schwartz ($1,645,267 cap hit in 2015) could be an intriguing option as an impending free agent and the Patriots have a deep recent history of acquiring former Cleveland players since hiring Mike Lombardi - but Schwartz could command a 5-year deal north of $30 million, like Bryan Bulaga recently got from the Green Bay Packers. Impending Kansas City Chiefs free agent right tackle Jeff Allen, who successfully transitioned to tackle from guard, could pique Bill Belichick's interest with his versatility.
Super Bowl 50, Baldwin Wallace huddle up to build careers from Cleveland.com
Classroom learning can only take college students so far, particularly when it comes to breaking into a highly competitive entry-level job market.
Yet over the last four years, Baldwin Wallace sports management majors have already been building their resumes with coveted, onsite Super Bowl experience.
This year, over 30 BW students - joined by faculty and alumni - will work the "NFL Experience" at San Francisco's Moscone Center in the days leading up to the big game, said BW Professor Charles Campisi, Ph.D, who established the work trip back in 2013.
Domo: T.O. has Andy Reid's vote for Hall of Fame from Philly.com
WHILE HIS team was eliminated from the playoffs two weeks ago, Super Bowl week still has the potential to be very special for Andy Reid.
And two players who Reid coached â Brett Favre and Terrell Owens â both have a good chance to be voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame a week from Saturday.
NFL notebook: NFL reports concussions rose in 2015 from The Associated Press via Ohio.com
The NFL says reported concussions rose 58 percent in regular-season games to the highest number in any of the past four years.
The league issued its concussion data for 2015 on Friday, a little more than a week before the Super Bowl, but did not release any data about total injuries.
Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) and Former National Football League Player Suicides from The Sports Journal
Application to Sport: Besides providing readers with the current research evidence on CTE, this study sheds light on testimonial evidence that has not been recorded or used for CTE research purposes. Since the research on suicides in former NFL players is still in its infancy, the sports community should place extreme importance on sharing and discussing all of the current literature available. Sharing information will not only help expand discussion that helps others in the sports industry realize the seriousness of the subject at hand, it will also help to emphasize the importance of expanding research efforts.
Keywords: Former NFL Player suicides, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)