Five things to know about Ross Travis, who joined Chiefs’ Travis Kelce in Australia

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One current and one former NFL tight end departed from a private jet shortly after landing Wednesday in Sydney, Australia, and local newscasters were baffled.

Travis Kelce was expected to be one of the people on the plane, but the other fellow was built a lot like the Chiefs star, and that’s what threw people who were watching on television.

At one point, a TV host asked a former “Parks and Recreation” star to help identify who had exited the plane.

It was Kelce and his friend, Ross Travis. That left people scrambling to learn more about Travis. Here are five things to know about him.

1. Football was second sport

Coming out of Chaska High School in Minnesota, Travis was a three-star recruit ... in basketball.

Travis played four seasons at Penn State, averaging 6.3 points and 6.2 rebounds per game for the Nittany Lions. He appeared in 131 games.

The NBA wasn’t in his future, but Travis did get a chance to be a professional athlete thanks to the Chiefs.

2. Chiefs come calling

Because he had not played football since high school, Travis went undrafted. But the Chiefs signed him as a free agent in 2015 and he spent his first season on the practice squad.

Travis, who was listed at 6 feet 7 and 235 pounds, was asked one question frequently upon joining the Chiefs.

“I heard so much about that,” Travis told Terez A. Paylor at training camp in 2016. “That’s all they ever talk about — ‘Can you take a hit?’ “I’m going to get up, get ready for the next play, get ready to go, pop up and it’s part of the game. It’s what I signed up for.”

Travis appeared in 17 games in the 2015-16 seasons for the Chiefs and made six starts. He had eight receptions for 58 yards.

3. Getting to know Kelce

It seems that Travis and Kelce became fast friends. At a 2017 Fashion Show to benefit Operation Breakthrough, one of Kelce’s favorite non-profits, Travis was spotted sitting next to his friend.

Ross Travis (from left), Kayla Brown, Travis Kelce and Kelce’s mother, Donna Kelce, cheer on models as they showcase fashions from local brands Etiquette Boutique, the Garment District, Houndstooth and Charlie Hustle.
Ross Travis (from left), Kayla Brown, Travis Kelce and Kelce’s mother, Donna Kelce, cheer on models as they showcase fashions from local brands Etiquette Boutique, the Garment District, Houndstooth and Charlie Hustle.

After leaving the Chiefs, Travis talked about learning from Kelce.

“Fortunately for me, I got to work under guys like Travis Kelce in Kansas City,” Travis told the Colts website. “It was the best situation I could have been in – he’s an athletic tight end,” Travis said. “Even in the offseason, I got to train with Tony G (Tony Gonzalez) out there in Cali (California), so I’ve got some great mentors around me.”

4. Other teams

Travis was with Indianapolis from 2017-19, but missed the entire 2018 season because of a torn ACL that landed him on injured reserve.

After being with the Jets in 2020, Travis shared time between the Lions and Cardinals in 2021.

The final career NFL stats for Travis: 29 career games, 14 catches, 142 receiving yards.

5. Post playing career

Now retired, Travis has been spending part of his time hanging out with Kelce. That included a visit to “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” last year.

And Travis has been seen frequently in Kelce’s suite at Chiefs games. That’s where he has hung out with Taylor Swift, the person Kelce and Travis went to see in Australia.