Eagles' Jason Kelce clears up his brother's name pronunciation bombshell

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How does Travis Kelce pronounce his name?

Travis shared on the Barstool Sports podcast Bussin with the Boys that their real name is pronounced "Kelse," not "Kel-see." CBSSports.comHow do Jason Kelce and Travis Kelce pronounce their last name? Jason reveals the true answer

Eagles C Jason Kelce sets the record straight on last name pronunciation

Yahoo Sports 15 July, 2021 - 02:42pm

Dan Wetzel, Pat Forde, Pete Thamel

Calling into Philadelphia’s Sportsradio 94WIP, Jason spoke with James Seltzer on the 94WIP Midday Show. He explained that their last name is pronounced “Kel-see” and not “Kelss” but that wasn’t always the case.

So there was a simple explanation for all the confusion surrounding the pronunciation of Kelce. Technically speaking, everyone has been pronouncing the original family surname incorrectly, even the Kelce’s themselves. For that reason, no one should be beating themselves up too much for not knowing about that original pronunciation.

It does raise the question of whether Andy Reid actually knew this story? His pronunciation of the last name did spark all of this confusion in the first place. Reid coached Jason for two seasons in Philadelphia before leaving to join the Chiefs, where he then drafted Travis.

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Travis Kelce Reveals Correct Way to Pronounce His Last Name, Shocks Patrick Mahomes and More

PEOPLE 15 July, 2021 - 01:57pm

While previously appearing on Barstool Sports' Bussin' with the Boys podcast, the 31-year-old Kansas City Chiefs tight end opened up about how his surname is pronounced "Kels" and not "Kel-see."

"I got 'Kel-see' then I got 'Kels.' My real name is 'Kels,' so I mean I just kind of roll with the punches," Travis said at the time.

After a clip of the podcast made its rounds on Twitter Wednesday, the athlete reacted after fans — and a number of his teammates — learned of the revelation.

"You learn something new everyday," Chiefs' quarterback Patrick Mahomes tweeted in response to the clip, as former NFL star Ty Hill replied to Mahomes, 25, "So I've been saying his name wrong this entire time," alongside a grimacing emoji.

Replying to Hill, 39, Travis said, "You've been sayin it right man, I go by both…. One's my real name and one's a nick name."

Other football players similarly reacted to the news about the pronunciation of the Chiefs star's surname, with Chiefs' defensive tackle Chris Jones noting, "I've been saying Travis Kelce(y) the whole time. My apologies @tkelce."

Travis took no offense as he told his teammate in a reply message, "Not trippin at all… you can actually keep calling me that."

On Thursday, Travis' older brother — Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce — called into SportsRadio 94WIP with James Seltzer and Jon Ritchie to set the record straight on the last name debacle, though he said their surname is indeed pronounced as Kel-see.

"So I'll give you the story behind why my brother said that," Jason, 33, said. "My brother and I have gone by Kel-see our entire lives. I still remember my dad answering the phone as Ed Kel-see all growing up when he was on work calls and everything."

"Our side of the family has always gone by Kel-see. But we have a really small family. We don't have any first cousins ... Somehow we got so disconnected with that side and my dad at some point, when he was working at the steel mills in Cleveland, Ohio, got tired of correcting everyone who was calling him Kel-see," he continued. "Apparently ... the standard pronunciation is Kelse, which the rest of my family goes by."

Jason added, "So my dad, out of pure laziness, completely changed his last name. For some reason, he decided to change it, and that's what we've gone by our whole lives. ... We've gotten plenty of messages and texts since becoming NFL players from extended family members all over the world that have told us, 'You're pronouncing the name wrong!' ... I prefer Kel-see just cause that's the way I've said it my entire life."

Watch: Chiefs’ Travis Kelce explains controversy over his last name

WDAF FOX4 Kansas City 15 July, 2021 - 01:30pm

by: Heidi Schmidt

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — The Kelce family is weighing in on how fans pronounce Travis’ and Jason’s last name.

The controversy surfaced Wednesday during an episode of the Barstool Sports podcast Bussin’ With The Boys. Travis Kelce was a guest on the podcast. During the discussion, Kelce shocked everyone when he said people mispronounce his last name.

“I got ‘Kel-see’ then I got ‘Kelss.’ My real name is ‘Kelss,’ so I mean I just kind of roll with the punches,” Kelce said.

Please tell me you are kidding @tkelce is my whole life a lie??? pic.twitter.com/FDeOEnuMm6

The realization quickly spread across Twitter, reaching teammates Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill, and others.

so I've been saying his name wrong this entire time 😬

Kelce later responded, telling his teammates they’ve been calling him the right name. According to Kelce, one is his real name and the other is a nickname, but he didn’t clarify which is which.

😂😂😂 you’ve been sayin it right man, I go by both…. One’s my real name and one’s a nick name

Since we know Kelce loves to joke around, FOX4’s Dave D’Marko contacted Travis Kelce’s mom and asked her to set the record straight.

When you can't tell if NFL Superstars are playing with you, go straight to the source, their mother. @tkelce 's mom tells me it "Kell-cee" #mysterysolved

“It turned into its own thing, didn’t it? Started running around,” Kelce said when FOX4 asked him about his last name during an appearance in Overland Park Thursday morning. “It’s absolutely hilarious that it got to this point.”

“My real name is ‘Kel-see.’ It’s Travis ‘Kel-see,’ and I say ‘Kel-see’ because that’s what my father says. Everybody on my father’s side says ‘Kelss.’ I go by both. One is a real name, one’s a nickname,” Kelce said.

Kelce then shared the story about how he ended up talking about his last name on the podcast in the first place.

“The video everybody saw was me absolutely screwing up Tyler Lewan’s name … Taylor Lewan’s name. I just did it again!” Kelce said. “That was me trying to make him feel better about me butching his name.”

But the story doesn’t end there. Apparently one side of the Kelce family really does pronounce the last name ‘Kelss.”

Jason Kelce, Travis’ brother and Philadelphia Eagles center, put an end to the discussion when he called into SportsRadio 94WIP in Philadelphia and spoke to Joe DeCamara & Jon Ritchie.

“My brother and I have gone by Kel-see our entire lives. And I still remember my dad answering the phone as ‘Ed Kelce’ all growing up when he was on work calls and everything. So, our side of the family has always gone by Kel-see. But we have a really small family. We don’t have any first cousins. My grandfather on that side was dead before I was born. So, somehow we got so disconnected with that side. And my dad, at some point when he was working in the steel mills in Cleveland, Ohio, got tired of correcting everybody who was calling him Kel-SEE. Apparently, the ‘correct’ pronunciation, the standard pronunciation is Kelss. That’s what the rest of the family goes by. So, my dad, out of pure laziness completely changed his last name. And now, I think we’re at the point where we’re both riding with Ed Kel-See. He’s, for some reason, decided to change it and that’s what we’ve gone by our whole lives,” Jason Kelce said.

[Listen at about 2:20 into the audio.]

The good thing for fans of either Jason or Travis, both brothers agree on one thing.

“To be honest, I don’t care which one you call me man. I appreciate everybody’s support,” Travis Kelce said.

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Jason Kelce sheds light on whether everyone has been pronouncing his — and Travis' — last name wrong

Yahoo Sports 15 July, 2021 - 01:16pm

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Except ... we've all been kinda pronouncing that name wrong. A clip surfaced Wednesday in which Kelce says his last name is actually pronounced "Kelse" and not "KELL-see." Though Kelce has made that claim a few times, it didn't receive much attention until Wednesday. NFL fans — and even some of Kelce's teammates — wondered if they've been saying Kelce's name wrong for years.

That's where Travis' brother — and Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce — stepped in. Jason appeared on SportsRadio 94WIP on Thursday to clear things up. (Transcription via Bleeding Green Nation)

KELCE: “My brother and I have gone by Kel-SEE our entire lives. And I still remember my dad answering the phone as ‘Ed Kelce’ all growing up when he was on work calls and everything. So, our side of the family has always gone by Kel-SEE. But we have a really small family. We don’t have any first cousins. My grandfather on that side was dead before I was born. So, somehow we got so disconnected with that side. And my dad, at some point when he was working in the steel mills in Cleveland, Ohio, got tired of correcting everybody who was calling him Kel-SEE. Apparently, the ‘correct’ pronunciation, the standard pronunciation is Kelss. That’s what the rest of the family goes by. So, my dad, out of pure laziness completely changed his last name. And now, I think we’re at the point where we’re both riding with Ed Kel-SEE. He’s, for some reason, decided to change it and that’s what we’ve gone by our whole lives. So, we’re kind of separate from the rest of the family in that regard. We’ve gotten plenty of messages and texts since becoming NFL players from extended family members all of the world saying: ‘You’re pronouncing the name wrong!’ So, yeah, that’s the story. But we would honestly go by either one, but I prefer Kel-SEE just because that’s the way I’ve said it my entire life and the way our side of the family has said it.

According to Jason, their last name is actually pronounced "Kelse," but Jason and Travis don't care, and have been going by "KELL-see" their entire lives. Jason said their father got tired of correcting people, and eventually just accepted the "KELL-see" pronunciation out of "pure laziness." 

Travis confirmed as much on Twitter on Wednesday. When a couple teammates expressed confusion, Kelce told them they can continue to pronounce his name "KELL-see."

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It Turns Out We Haven't Been Mispronouncing Jason Kelce's Last Name - Crossing Broad

Crossing Broad 15 July, 2021 - 10:12am

I appreciate the 94WIP Midday Show this Thursday morning.

Horrible sports day. Maybe the worst of the year, but those guys just threw me a bone.

A clip of Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce emerged on Twitter yesterday. In it, he made a jarring revelation:

Please tell me you are kidding @tkelce is my whole life a lie??? pic.twitter.com/FDeOEnuMm6

— Braiden Turner (@bturner23) July 14, 2021

Naturally, the comments caused quite a stir among his Chiefs teammates.

Travis Kelce’s teammates didn’t even know how to pronounce his name 💀 😂 pic.twitter.com/mW3EKQURrQ

— PFF (@PFF) July 14, 2021

Of course, Travis Kelce is the brother of Jason Kelce, one of the most beloved Eagles players of all-time, which means…we’ve also been mispronouncing his last name this entire time?

The Eagles center joined James Seltzer and Jon Ritchie earlier today, and, as it turns out, we’re good. We had it right all along.

I’ll give the story behind why my brother said that. My brother and I have gone by Kelce (Kel-see) our entire lives, and I still remember my dad answering the phone as Ed Kelce, all growing up, when he was on work calls and everything. So, our side the family has always gone by Kelce, and we have a really small family, we don’t have any first cousins. My grandfather on that side was dead before I was born, so, somehow, we got so disconnected with that side. And my dad at some point when he was working in the steel mills in Cleveland, Ohio, got tired of correcting everybody calling him Kelce. Apparently, the standard pronunciation is “Kels.” That’s what the rest of the family goes by. So, my dad, out of pure laziness, completely changed his last name. And now, you know, I think we’re both at the point where we’re riding with Ed Kelce. He, for some reason, decided to change it and that’s what we’ve gone by our whole lives. So, we’re kind of separate from the rest of the family in that regard, which we’ve gotten plenty of messages and texts since becoming NFL players, extended family members all over the world, told us “you’re pronouncing the name wrong!” So, yeah, that’s the story.

Here’s the extended audio of Kelce’s appearance on Joe DeCamara & Jon Ritchie over at SportsRadio 94WIP:

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Jason Kelce clears up the sudden confusion around the pronunciation of his last name

Bleeding Green Nation 15 July, 2021 - 10:03am

As you can see from that article, there are multiple instances of Travis Kelce talking about how his last name is actually pronounced “Kelss.” That’s obviously different than the “Kel-SEE” we’ve been using for his older brother, Jason, since the Philadelphia Eagles drafted him in 2011.

Thankfully, Jason was able to join SportsRadio 94WIP with James Seltzer and Jon Ritchie on Thursday morning to set the record straight.

KELCE: “My brother and I have gone by Kel-SEE our entire lives. And I still remember my dad answering the phone as ‘Ed Kelce’ all growing up when he was on work calls and everything. So, our side of the family has always gone by Kel-SEE. But we have a really small family. We don’t have any first cousins. My grandfather on that side was dead before I was born. So, somehow we got so disconnected with that side. And my dad, at some point when he was working in the steel mills in Cleveland, Ohio, got tired of correcting everybody who was calling him Kel-SEE. Apparently, the ‘correct’ pronunciation, the standard pronunciation is Kelss. That’s what the rest of the family goes by. So, my dad, out of pure laziness completely changed his last name. And now, I think we’re at the point where we’re both riding with Ed Kel-SEE. He’s, for some reason, decided to change it and that’s what we’ve gone by our whole lives. So, we’re kind of separate from the rest of the family in that regard. We’ve gotten plenty of messages and texts since becoming NFL players from extended family members all of the world saying: ‘You’re pronouncing the name wrong!’ So, yeah, that’s the story. But we would honestly go by either one, but I prefer Kel-SEE just because that’s the way I’ve said it my entire life and the way our side of the family has said it.

KELCE: No. And I probably inherited a little bit of my dad’s laziness with how you pronounce it. I’m probably just like, yeah, whatever, that’s close enough.

So, everyone has been saying it incorrectly if you go by the technical pronunciation. ‘Everyone’ including Jason’s own immediate family. And we’ll all likely continue to do so, unless you want to be different and change to calling him ‘Kelss’ for some reason.

Strange how Jason has been in the league since 2011 and Travis has been in the league since 2013 and we’re only finding out about this in 2021. But now we finally know the truth.

Not trippin at all… you can actually keep calling me that

you’ve been sayin it right man, I go by both…. One’s my real name and one’s a nick name

Chiefs' Travis Kelce reveals the right way to pronounce his name, shocking teammates

Fox News 15 July, 2021 - 08:03am

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Kansas City Chiefs star Travis Kelce made a startling revelation Wednesday.

The three-time First-Team All-Pro tight end and Super Bowl champion said his last name has been mispronounced for years.

The revelation appeared to shock Kelce’s teammates Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill, Chris Jones and Clyde Edwards-Helaire.

There was apparently proof that Kelce pronounced his name. A clip of Kelce from the 2020 AFC Championship surfaced.

Kelce joined the Chiefs in 2013 when he was selected in the third round of the NFL Draft out of Cincinnati. He only played in one game during his first year with the Chiefs. It wasn’t until 2014 he started to emerge as a viable receiver and then was a Pro Bowler by 2015.

He’s made the Pro Bowl each year since the 2015 season and racked up All-Pro selections in 2016, 2018 and 2020.

Over the course of his short career, he’s become one of the best tight ends in the NFL. He has 612 receptions for 7,881 yards and 48 touchdowns over the course of his career.

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Good news: Eagles fans have not been pronouncing Jason Kelce's name wrong this whole time

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His brother Travis dropped question in a new video.

One of Philly’s modern sports heroes went public with an important clarification Thursday morning: Jason Kelce’s last name is pronounced exactly like we always thought.

The longtime Eagles center called into the 94WIP Midday Show to clarify that, saying, “You got it right. It’s Kel-see.”

Proper pronunciation was in question after a video circulated Wednesday on social media.

In an interview with Barstool Sports, Jason’s brother Travis, a tight end with the Kansas City Chiefs, answered a question from podcast host Braiden Turner.

“I got ‘Kel-see’ and then ‘Kels’,” the Chiefs player said. “My real name’s ‘Kels’ so I mean, I just kind of roll with the punches.”

Judging from Jason’s call, seems like it was a troll, but there were signs he was serious.

A video obtained by KMBC News in Kansas City shows Travis in a totally unscripted, private video sending a friend good vibes from a party in Toronto.

“John, what up big dog,” the tight end says, “This is T ‘Kels’.”

It would have come as a pretty big shock if Philly has gotten Jason Kelce’s name wrong all this time, considering his place in local sports lore.

The Eagles center, who has held down the Birds’ offensive line for the past 10 years, became a true legend after his speech at the Super Bowl 52 victory parade, where his impassioned speech in a bright green Mummers outfit gave voice to the everlasting Philadelphia sentiment, “No one likes us, we don’t care!”

Kelce has long been known for his friendly attitude and diving into the community with stunts like this month’s charity bartending gig at the Jersey Shore. He’s a common guest and topic on sports talk shows, and doesn’t shy away from speaking his mind.

His Eagles career may be coming to an end, with pundits noting a “poison pill” in his renegotiated contract means he’s either retiring or getting released after this season is over.

It’s been a great decade, either way — and at least we were saying his name right.

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