- Kansas City tight end Travis Kelce revealed the correct way to pronounce his last name in a Barstool Sports podcast
- His Chiefs teammates made jokes on Twitter about Kelce never correcting their mispronunciation of his last name
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If you have ever watched a Kansas City Chiefs football game, you have definitely heard something along the lines of, “Mahomes to Kelce for the touchdown!” But chances are, the announcer mispronounced Travis Kelce’s last name.
On an episode of the “Bussin’ with the Boys” podcast, the All-Pro tight end pronounced his name “the other way.” Instead of ‘Kel-cee,’— how a majority of announcers and even his teammates say it— Kelce revealed it is actually ‘Kels.’
— Braiden Turner (@bturner23) July 14, 2021
Kelce says he “just kinda rolls with the punches,” which I guess means accepting that everyone in the world says your name incorrectly.
Kelce went on to clarify that ‘Kels’ is his real name and ‘Kel-cee’ is “a nick name.” Kind of like an on-the-field alter ego of sorts?
However, in a video clip from the 2020 AFC Championship Game, Kelce clearly spells out and says his name ‘Kels.’
— Harold R. Kuntz (@HaroldRKuntz3) July 14, 2021
Do not feel bad, though. Even Kelce’s teammates did not know, taking to Twitter to show their surprise.
so I've been saying his name wrong this entire time 😬
— Ty Hill (@cheetah) July 14, 2021
Bro he never corrected us once https://t.co/dukbRjSwev
— Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes) July 14, 2021
— Jefe (@JeffAllen71) July 14, 2021
Clyde Edwards-Helaire had maybe the best reaction. The running back, who is one year out of college, may have thought battling NFL lineman was hard, but it turns out learning his teammates’ names may be harder.
Kells? Kelcey? Kelce?
Halare? Helare? Helaire?
Heel? Heal? Hill?
Harmen? Hartmen? Hardman?
This gone be tough 🤦🏾♂️
— GLYDE (@Clydro_22) July 14, 2021
Kelce, of course, took it like the champion he is.
Not trippin at all… you can actually keep calling me that 😂😂
— Travis Kelce (@tkelce) July 14, 2021
Travis Kelce’s older brother Jason also plays in the NFL. However, the Philadephia Eagles center has not tweeted since 2016, so we might not have a second source to back up Travis for a while.