Travis Kelce is living his best life.
The Kansas City Chiefs All-Pro tight end is in the midst of another Pro Bowl season, has his team right in the thick of the AFC Playoff Race, and oh, did we mention he’s dating a pop sensation?
And yet, the 34-year-old Kelce is someone who lives each day, not worrying about the next. His ability to live in the moment amidst the best year of his life is something he shared in a profile by the Wall Street Journal published Monday.
He also made another admission that may startle some fans.
Kelce confessed to WSJ’s J.R. Moehringer that he thinks about retirement, “More than anyone could ever imagine.”
Of course, the Chiefs have him locked down until 2026, paying him just over $14 million per season. At 37, he’ll be an unrestricted free agent, and perhaps ready to explore new opportunities.
While he may go down as one of the greatest tight ends of all time and is a future Hall of Famer, Kelce is aware that the game he loves has taken a toll on his body.
“That’s the only thing I’ve never really been open about,” he says, “the discomfort. The pain. The lingering injuries—the 10 surgeries I’ve had that I still feel every single surgery to this day.”
Fortunately, Kelce and his brother, Jason, have built a media empire that will almost certainly set him up for his success when he elects to call it quits.
“Sometimes he sees himself in a broadcasting booth,” Moehringer writes. “Sometimes his manager talks about action flicks.”
Where he sees himself on Monday will be against the Philadelphia Eagles and his older brother, Jason.