Taylor Swift has Travis Kelce’s mom Donna’s approval — but the sister-in-law who gives her dating advice, her NFL star brother and a dad who ‘never made her eat vegetables’ meet the rest of the family as the pop princess welcomes her


As with any new relationship, gaining approval from your partner’s family is one of the most important steps in developing a lifelong bond. But for the Kelce family, it’s been an ordeal played out on the national stage.

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce has linked himself to pop superstar Taylor Swift over the past two weeks — with their burgeoning romance becoming one of the biggest stories in sports.

Swift showed up to Travis’ games in Weeks 3 and 4 – first in Kansas City and then in New York.

At both of those stops, Donna Kelsey – Travis’ mom – sits with a smile as the pop star cheers on her son. But Donna is only part of the Kelce family.

From his father, who never gave him greens growing up, to his brother, who followed Travis into the NFL, MailSport takes a look at the most talked-about family in football.

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Taylor Swift

The NFL is buzzing with the rapidly developing romance between Travis Kelce and Taylor Swift

Taylor has already met Donna, but who else might Kelce meet if things move forward?

Taylor has already met Donna, but who else might Kelce meet if things move forward?

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Starting with the brother who got Travis his start in football, Jason Kelce is just a year older than the Chiefs tight end.

Jason played both running back and linebacker in high school football outside of Cleveland, Ohio. But he also participated in sports like hockey and basketball.

In an episode of his ‘New Heights’ podcast filmed after Super Bowl LVII was played, Travis admitted that he followed his brother into football.

‘The funny thing is, if it weren’t for you I would never have played this dangerous game,’ Travis told his brother. Jason replied, ‘Wait, yes you will.’

‘It’s true man, I have followed your footsteps in this. When you started playing football… you started playing hockey, I started playing hockey. You started playing football, I started playing football. I have been following your footsteps throughout this program.

Travis followed in Jason’s footsteps at the University of Cincinnati – Jason was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2011.

These days, Jason is part of one of the best offensive line units in the entire NFL and has his own Super Bowl victory – when Philadelphia defeated New England in Super Bowl LII.

He has been named to the All-Pro first-team five times and to the Pro Bowl six times

Jason Kelce is an NFL star in his own right – he won Super Bowl LII with the Eagles

Jason Kelce is an NFL star in his own right – he won Super Bowl LII with the Eagles

Jason and Travis both played football together in college at the University of Cincinnati

Jason and Travis both played football together in college at the University of Cincinnati

Travis and Jason faced off in Super Bowl LVII last February

Travis and Jason faced off in Super Bowl LVII last February

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When Kylie McDevitt swiped on a Tinder profile during her college days, she thought she was getting harassed. After looking at the person in the photos, he realized the profile claimed to be that of an Eagles football player.

Kylie accepted an invitation from her Tinder match to meet her at a bar and that’s when she was first introduced to Jason Kells.

The date went very badly.

‘Well, the impression of his profile at that time was something like this; “I want to have a deep meaningful conversation and talk about getting married and having kids or something,” she said on her podcast. “You fell asleep 45 minutes after I got there at the bar table.” Because he was very drunk.

Jason admitted he was ‘a little bit drunk’ but added, ‘I was sober enough to know that this was the most beautiful woman I had ever seen in my life. It was love at first sight.’

The pair got married in April of 2018 and welcomed their third daughter on February 23 — just days after the Kelce brothers played alongside each other in the Super Bowl.

Kylie also gave some dating advice to Travis, who asked her what profile pictures to use when he was on Tinder in early September.

‘Why, do you think I should ‘stache or not ‘stache?’, Travis asked.

He joked that his answer would “sound a little harsh” before asking him to use a mustache photo, “because even if they swipe at your worst, they’ll still love you at your best.”

Kylie McDevitt swiped right on Jason's Tinder profile and they've been together ever since

Kylie McDevitt swiped right on Jason’s Tinder profile and they’ve been together ever since

Kylie and Jason both have three daughters – the most recent of whom was born in late February

Kylie and Jason both have three daughters – the most recent of whom was born in late February

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Like his two sons, Ed grew up in Cleveland and played football in high school. However, after trying to drop out of college, he felt a calling to go a different path.

Ed’s family had a deep military background, so he decided to try serving his country. Unfortunately, both the Marines and Army rejected his application due to his knee injury and after enlisting in the Coast Guard, he learned he had Crohn’s disease.

After his military ambitions ended, Ed decided to enter the steel industry that helped build the Rust Belt city.

Ed started in the mill, but eventually moved into sales. He made sure to bring his two sons with him occasionally to teach them the value of hard work.

‘I’d take them there — hard hat, safety glasses, boots, the whole nine yards,’ he told the Los Angeles Times. ‘I would tell them, ‘You can get a job like your mom’s, or you can get a job like mine.’

He also worked at a candy store for a while during the holidays to buy gifts for his family, saying, ‘I had two kids I was crazy about. I don’t think I’m unique in this.

Ed Kelce was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, and spent his adult life working in a steel mill

Ed Kelce was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, and spent his adult life working in a steel mill

He made sure to bring Travis and Jason with him so he could teach them the meaning of hard work (Left to right: Ed Kelce, Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes, Bills QB Josh Allen, Travis Kelce)

He made sure to bring Travis and Jason with him so he could teach them the meaning of hard work (Left to right: Ed Kelce, Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes, Bills QB Josh Allen, Travis Kelce)

Ed was at a bar he frequented after work, Fagan’s, when he first saw his future wife Donna at the bar.

Donna admits that she really shouldn’t have hung out at the bar for so long. Actually, he had to go on another date that evening.

“I was supposed to go out with a guy that night,” she admitted in the episode “New Heights.” ‘We were supposed to go to a play and I never went. Your dad and I always talked… it was meant to be. It is as it was.’

The pair eventually leave that bar, with Donna leaving Ed to shower after his shift at the mill, before eventually resuming their conversation at a different establishment.

Eventually, after nearly 25 years of marriage, the couple filed for divorce after both children finished college. The pair remain friends today, Donna says, ‘We get along well, it’s just that sometimes people fall apart.’

Ed has made several appearances on his children’s podcast – including an episode where Travis and Jason denied ever being fed vegetables while growing up.

In response to his comment that he only eats bagel bites and pizza, Ed joked, “What’s in a bagel bite?” What’s that red thing?… It’s a vegetable sauce.’

Donna Kelsey

Ultimately, the Kelsey family matriarch has become a celebrity in her own right.

In the build-up to Super Bowl LVII, Donna got a lot of attention as the first mom with a pair of sons to face each other in the NFL’s biggest game.

The jersey he wore in the game – a jersey with Travis’ number 87 on the front and Jason’s number 62 on the back – was sent to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

He even had to declare for the Eagles as a draft pick in the first round of this year’s NFL Draft.

But before all that, Donna grew up in a small house in inner-city Cleveland. By the age of 12, she had moved to the suburbs – but had lost her mother who was ‘very ill’.

After her biological mother died, Donna’s father married a ‘wonderful person’ named Mary, who raised her and her younger brother.

Donna became the first person in her family to earn a college degree – when she earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast communications from Ohio University. Instead of pursuing a communications career, she went to school for her master’s degree and started a career in banking

Donna Kelce became football's most famous mom at this year's Super Bowl — when she became the first mom with children to play on both sides of pro football's biggest game

Donna Kelce became football’s most famous mom at this year’s Super Bowl — when she became the first mom with children to play on both sides of pro football’s biggest game

She has been in the headlines ever since - Travis has been in the headlines ever since he hosted 'Saturday Night Live'.

She has been in the headlines ever since – Travis has been in the headlines ever since he hosted ‘Saturday Night Live’.

Although she became famous right before the Super Bowl, Donna remains the same down-to-earth and loving mother that Kelce knew growing up.

She still makes an effort to attend her sons’ games — traveling up the Jersey Turnpike to make a late night Chiefs-Jets game after Jason played in Philadelphia last Sunday.

But it was the game she attended in Week 3 – when the Bears visited Kansas City – that eyes were on the luxury box Donna was in again. However, all attention was on the person sitting next to him.

Since Taylor Swift’s surprise appearance at that game, she and Donna have reportedly grown closer.

A source close to the Kelce family tells People Magazine, ‘Donna adores Taylor and thinks she’s very sweet and down to earth.’

These days, she's attending both of her son's games - now a famous face has joined her

These days, she’s attending both of her son’s games – now a famous face has joined her

But recently, there has been some confusion. Appearing on the Today show on Friday, Donna appeared to ‘shade’ Taylor – or at least some Swifties thought so – when she described meeting the star as ‘fine’.

In an interview published later that day, Donna told PopSugar’s Chandler Plante that it was “cool” to watch the game with Swift, adding, “It’s cool that it opened up some things for the NFL, so it’s kind of ‘It’s fun.’

It’s unclear whether or not Taylor has met other members of the Kelsey family, but so far, she’s been seen by their side the most.


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