Kansas City Chiefs Tight End Approaching Major Milestone

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce is a seven-time Pro Bowler and a future Hall of Famer, but he's in line for perhaps his greatest achievement so far this week against the Denver Broncos. Kelce is 26 yards away from crossing 10000 receiving yards for his career. Kelce has a chance to join Tony Gonzalez, Jason Witten, Antonio Gates, and Shannon Sharpe as the only tight ends to achieve the feat. Notable players to fail to reach the mark include Rob Gronkowski and Kellen Winslow.

10000 career receiving yards is another feather in Kelce's cap and another point in his favor for his claim as the greatest tight end in NFL history. He is on pace for his record-extending seventh straight 1000-yard season; no other tight end has managed the feat more than four times over their whole career. He also holds the record for most receiving yards in a single season with 1416 in his spectacular 2020 campaign.

Kelce's case as the GOAT at his position is compelling but not necessarily unassailable. He's unlikely to catch Gronkowski in Super Bowl championships or postseason glory, and the former Patriot and Buccaneer was arguably more explosive at his peak, clearing 10.0 yards per target four times in his career to Kelce's zero. But Kelce's relentless consistency and durability have made him a much more reliable and prolific pass catcher than Gronk. By the time Kelce wraps up his career, his numbers will likely dwarf his contemporary. Shockingly, the twice-retired Gronk is less than five months older than Kelce, and Kelce doesn't feel even close to finished.
Photo Credit: © Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports