Even with the new season around the corner Chiefs Tight End Travis Kelce found the time to have a chat with Matt Phillips. Enjoy.
MP: Welcome to KC! How is it going through Camp and Pre Season? How’s the knee?
TK: Camp and preseason were both rough for me, Ive been battling a little injury that I’m starting to overcome and from that standpoint, I’m just ready to get out there and get the season rolling.
How did you find the whole draft process, off season workouts, visits, combine etc?
It was an awesome experience, I hope every football player gets to go through that whole process. I was more tired then I ever have been in my life. There were a lot of things to do and a lot of places to be in a short amount of time.
With all the pre-draft writing and rankings out there now in the media, how much attention did you pay to people’s opinions about your game and yourself? Many writers had you down as the next ‘Gronkowski’ in the NFL. Was it something of a distraction to you or did you ignore it?
As a football player or even as a professional athlete, paying attention to the media is something that you just can’t get caught up in. I know the talents that I have and I believe that I can become a big factor in this offense when I get rolling. So I leave the writing and opinions up to the media.
What will you miss most about studying at college and Cincinnati in particular?
I don’t know how much studying I’ll miss, but I do already miss playing there and being with my old teammates.
What were your best memories as a Bearcat?
Winning the big east championship 4 times and scoring a game winning touchdown in the belk bowl.
What is it like to have an older brother who has already enjoyed a very successful career in the NFL and who would say is the best blocker?
Haha I’ll give him the edge on the blocking side. The guy is unbelievable when it comes to athletic ability, and he really has paved the way for me. He’s made everything look so easy which has given me confidence to strive.
With Jason at Philadelphia, you must have been familiar with what it’s like to play for Andy Reid?
I had an understanding of what he was like but you can only expect or anticipate so much when going into a situation like that.
How much different have you found playing TE in Cincinnati to the professional game in your short time at KC?
Nothing’s really that much different. At the end of the day it’s just football, just got to think faster and react sooner.
Have you travelled Europe/visited the United Kingdom or London and what were your experiences?
I can’t wait until I do but unfortunately I haven’t been there.
What is your opinion of the International Series and would you like to represent KC at Wembley Stadium one year?
I think it would be an amazing experience! I would support that 100%.
With the idea of a London franchise rearing it’s head again, how would you have felt if, metaphorically ,you had been drafted to play in the UK?
Do you think there would be a lot of opposition from College players about going to a London team? (Incidentally most UK NFL fans are far too invested in their own teams in America to want to have their own franchise and aren’t that keen on the idea)
Well I can start off by saying that would be an experience of a lifetime! The college players would need some type of influence to want to go over to UK. Either the talent would have to increase or the money(haha). As bad as that sounds I think that’s what would need to happen to get players to want to play over there.
Who was the toughest opponent you came up against playing for the Bearcats and who are you most looking forward to facing in the NFL?
The toughest player I went against would would be either Walt Stewart or Dan Giordano. Both of them played at UC with me. The battles that we had made me the player I am today. But the guy I can’t wait to face is my buddy Wolfe from the broncos. He’s one heck of a player and it’ll be fun going up against him on another team.
Having travelled the Midwest myself and enjoyed visiting Cincinnati and Newport, KY (awesome aquarium you have there btw), where in the city or around would you most recommend that UK tourists must visit?
The Newport area is fun, but I encourage everybody to go experience a UC football or basketball game. Those things get going pretty good and the energy is awesome.
And finally, how do you like to spend your time away from football?
Have you ever been interested in or played any British sports, soccer, rugby, cricket etc.
It’s funny you asked because I knew about rugby before I did football, and I believe soccer was my first sport I ever played. My dad played rugby for a long time and that’s how I got introduced to it. Awesome game to watch. But cricket seams too much like baseball and I got a short attention span so I don’t know if I could get into it.
It’s obvious from speaking to Travis he is a guy that is grateful just to have the opportunity to play in the NFL and we all at Arrowheads Abroad believe he is going to be great addition to the Chiefs and we wish him the best of luck going into his first season as a pro.