Kelce has been with the Chiefs since they selected him in the third round back in 2013. He is a five-time Pro Bowler, a four-time All-Pro and a member of the NFL’s All-Decade team of the 2010s. And yet even with all those accolades in his pocket, the 30-year-old explained he has given no thought to retiring early, as has become somewhat of a trend in recent seasons.
“I always say I want to play this game as long as I can,” said Kelce. “There’s a whole lot of truth behind that, and I love playing in Kansas City. I can’t even fathom wearing another jersey. I can’t fathom playing under a different coach, under a different organization. Everybody here knows that I love this city for everything that it has given me, it has given the Chiefs since I’ve been here, and I don’t plan on playing anywhere else for the rest of my career. As long as the Hunt family is offering me a check to come back every single year, I feel like I’m going to be here because I love playing for this organization and obviously, coach Reid.”
Kelce is signed with the Chiefs through the 2022 season.
After the Chiefs won Super Bowl LIV, Kelce was one of the members of the Chiefs to speak at the championship parade at Union Station.
“I went up there not really knowing anything,” said Kelce. “I knew I wanted to give a lot of my guys praise. I wanted to make sure that everyone knew that this team did that for Kansas City and coach Andy Reid. Coach Reid has been such an unbelievable human being in my life, just helping me progress as an adult, as somebody who comes into the league at 23 years old, really doesn’t know what he’s doing in life. And coach Reid has given me the confidence to be myself, always show my personality, and on top of that, give this organization everything I got because I’m thankful for the opportunity.
“And throughout the years, coach Reid has helped me unbelievably with everything football-wise that I could think of. That speech — it was all from the heart. None of it was planned. I just knew I was going to mention a few teammates and coach Reid and everything after that was just improv.”
Kelce had high praise for Mathieu when it comes to what he meant to the Chiefs on their title run.
“Obviously, we don’t win a championship without the Honey Badger,” Kelce said. “In terms of a culture change, he’s a refreshing person — his character, his personality. His persona gives off positive energy, but energy nonetheless. That’s what you want coming into an office. You want somebody that isn’t going to drain you. They’re going to fuel you with the want to get better, the want to have accountability for yourself, for your teammates. That’s what [Mathieu] does for every team that he’s ever been on. And especially here in Kansas City, he’s turned that up to a whole new notch with Spags (Steve Spagnuolo) and Frank Clark coming in. Kind of like the three-headed monster. Like they did last year. It changed the entire culture of the team and especially the defense.”