Travis Kelce has broken George Kittle’s record for most receiving yards by a tight end.
Two years ago, Travis Kelce first set the record. On Sunday, he set it again.
With his 36-yard catch in the fourth quarter of the Chiefs game against the Atlanta Falcons, Kelce set the single-season NFL record for most receiving yards by a tight end in history with 1,400 (and more time to go this year). The Kansas City Chiefs tight end once owned the record in 2018 for a hot second before San Francisco 49ers star George Kittle broke Kelce’s mark in the exact same week, which meant that Kelce held the record for a few hours before handing the honor over to Kittle.
The previous owner of the record before both Kelce and Kittle was Rob Gronkowski with 1,327 receiving yards in 2011.
In 2020 Kelce is enjoying a monster season in which he’s setting several personal marks and the NFL single-season record was bound to be broken given that Kelce was even leading every single pass catcher in receiving yards through Week 14. He’s in a race for the lead with DeAndre Hopkins of the Arizona Cardinals and Stefon Diggs of the Buffalo Bills for the league lead.
Not only is Kelce setting single-season marks in 2020, but he’s also extending his own records for sustained production. No tight end in NFL history has ever had four seasons of 1,000 receiving yards or more in a row, but this season marked Kelce’s fifth consecutive year doing so.
Kelce now has 611 catches for 7,883 receiving yards and 48 touchdowns in his career (and counting).