Foru Super Bowl appearances in five seasons. Six consecutive AFC Championship game appearances. Eight consecutive AFC West titles. Ten playoff appearances in 11 total seasons under Andy Reid's leadership.
Those figures sound like the making of a dynasty to most. For Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, it's not quite there.
On the verge of yet another title game—and a very rare chance to repeat as Super Bowl champs—Kelce took to the podium during media week to answer questions from a room filled with reporters on everything from his girlfriend (Taylor Swift), his now-famous family (Donna!), his podcast (New Heights), and his longevity.
Kelce also took multiple questions about the idea of a dynasty for the Chiefs and what he thinks of such a notion.
The Chiefs tight end is focused only on getting the next ring before worrying about anything else.
"It’s been thrown around a lot. Obviously, it being our third in five years, I think the number three is a big number in terms of dynasties and things like that, so hopefully we can get this thing and you guys can start talking about dynasties. We’re just trying to get this third ring, though."
After Sunday's Super Bowl matchup against the San Francisco 49ers, Kelce will either be 2-2 in the biggest game of all or 3-1 and there's a big difference there. That third ring is truly rarified company, the sort of sustained success that even truly elite teams never experience—that is, except for the ones quoted in NFL record books.
The best example of all is the New England Patriots' run of success under quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick. Kelce says it was helpful to see that "standard of dominance" up close, even from the other side, and that he's tried to learn as much as he can from them.
"[The Patriots] set the standard of dominance in the NFL and I was a part of that and felt that dominance in 2015 when I lost to them and then again in 2017 or ’18 I believe," says Kelce. "Seeing what those guys are all about, one of the funnest things this year I’ve been able to kind of dive into this year is Games with Names with Julien Edelman, his podcast and how he brings some of those ex-Patriots on to talk about what he calls war stories and fun stories between him and the guys throughout their Patriot years. I dive into those things and get every bit of nugget of gold that I can.
Kelce and the Chiefs will have their shot at a third ring in five seasons on Sunday, February 11. Kickoff is set for 5:30 p.m.