Travis Kelce dropped by CBS Sports Radio’s The Doug Gottlieb Show on Tuesday to discuss his new dating series, “Catching Kelce,” which premiers October 5 on E! at 9 p.m. ET.

Wait, a Pro Bowl tight end on a dating show? That seems hard to believe.

Well, believe it.


“To be honest, a lot of things had to fall into place,” Kelce said. “When you originally hear ‘dating TV reality show,’ you don’t just jump at it. It was something that just kind of made sense. I feel like a lot of NFL players, a lot of guys in the league, are trying to get out from under the helmet. I know I was one of them. I know there’s a lot of guys that would jump at the bit to date 50 women on TV.”

That’s right. Fifty women, one from each U.S. state.

It’s basically “The Bachelor” on steroids.

Kelce, 26, thought this show would be a good opportunity from a branding standpoint and, yes, a chance to find love.

“I’ve always been interested in the TV aspect of things,” he said. “There’s also the aspect of the love life. I’ve been so focused on my career. I’m telling you: It’s hard to go in front of the camera and not be yourself, so I had to be in it for the right reasons. . . . Everybody wants to present that awesome image for everybody watching, and that’s part of the difficulty. I let these girls know during the show (why I’m there). You will definitely see me challenge these girls and let them know I’m in it for the right reasons. I’m the big bad football player on a network (with) a fan base that has no (idea) really what sports is. They’re all fashion and beauty and entertainment. It’s like, I’m doing this for the right reasons, so I need that out of you guys if I’m going to (do this).”

But some of these girls have to be train wrecks, right?

“Oh, yeah,” Kelce said. “You’re definitely going to see the train wrecks.”

You’re also going to see Kelce struggle with names – or just avoid saying them altogether.

“I’m good with faces, not so good with names,” he said, laughing. “The hardest part was that there was like three of them named Veronica and then there was one named Victoria. So you’re sitting here trying to pick out that one Victoria and you’re saying Veronica.”

Kelce also talked a little football during his chat with Gottlieb, as the Chiefs had quite a season last year. They lost Jamaal Charles to a torn ACL in Week 5 and started 1-5 – only to win their final 10 games of the regular season and make the playoffs.

“It doesn’t make sense,” said Kelce, who had 72 catches for 875 yards and five touchdowns last season. “It’s unfortunate that Jamaal had to go down. That ripped the heart out of all of us, but it put accountability even more so on everybody else. Andy Reid looked at every single one of us in the locker room after the last game that we lost in that regular season and he challenged us. Are we going to fold and be one of the worst teams in the league with arguably one of the best rosters, or are we going to turn this thing around and be the team that we expect ourselves to be? From that point on, guys are staying after practice, getting work in on their fundamentals, guys are going into the film rooms earlier on in the day and just getting those extra reps, whether it be mental or physical, and on top of that, executing. Just going out there and executing the plays and what the scheme is.”

The Chiefs open the season at home against San Diego on Sept. 11. Their bye week is Oct. 9 – the same week that “Catching Kelce” debuts.


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