Travis Kelce will begin his 10th NFL season in September.

Since the Kansas City Chiefs drafted Kelce in the third round in 2013, he has been named first-team All-Pro four times and has become one of the best tight ends in the NFL. Kelce’s 10,344 yards currently ranks fourth on the all-time tight end receiving yards list.

If Kelce continues at the rate he’s at, he’ll likely end up in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his native Ohio. But, at one point during his college football days, Kelce’s football future was jeopardized when he was suspended from his second redshirt season due to a failed drug test.


Travis Kelce of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates against the Philadelphia Eagles after Super Bowl LVII at State Farm Stadium on February 12, 2023 in Glendale, Arizona. (Cooper Neill/Getty Images)

During a recent appearance on the «Bussin’ With The Boys» podcast with three-time Pro Bowl Taylor Lewan and NFL free agent linebacker Will Compton, Kelce admitted that his partying habits in college contributed to the failed drug test earlier. of Allstate Sugar 2010. Bull.

«I got kicked out of college for that,» he said. «I partyed too much there, got a drug test, and from that point on, I realized I had to pull the crap.»


Kelce also noted that the indiscretion led to his move from the Cincinnati Bearcats’ quarterback room to the tight ends room.

Early in his college football career, Kelce played primarily quarterback for the Wildcat formation. After the suspension, he became more of a traditional tight end.

Travis Kelce during a Cincinnati Bearcats game

Travis Kelce of the Cincinnati Bearcats celebrates after scoring the game-winning touchdown against the Duke Blue Devils at Bank of America Stadium on December 27, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

«What he did was he really kicked me in the tight ends room. I was still playing QB then,» Kelce said of the suspension. «It was like, ‘Okay, you can come walk the team, but we don’t need a quarterback. You can be a jock on the scouting team for a year, we’ll figure it out.'»

In 2011, Kelce had 150 receiving yards and two touchdowns for Cincinnati, but he really shined as a tight end his senior year. Kelce had 722 yards and hauled eight touchdowns during his final season with the Bearcats.

Travis Kelce scores a touchdown

Travis Kelce of the Kansas City Chiefs scores a touchdown against the Los Angles Chargers at SoFi Stadium on November 20, 2022 in Inglewood, California. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The Kelce brothers spent a couple of seasons together in Cincinnati, and Travis said his older brother played a big role in helping him get back on the team.

«He went to the coach’s office and talked to a number of coaches to try to give me another chance,» Kelce said before February’s Super Bowl between the Chiefs and Eagles. «I will always be in this guy’s debt for putting his name, our name, Kelce’s name, on the line. When I say I owe him everything, I really do.»


Earlier this year, Travis became the first tight end in league history to lead the Super Bowl winner in receiving yards twice.