Travis Kelce’s Number 87 Jersey Is a Tribute to Big Brother Jason

While every NFL player has a certain level of fame and fortune, Travis Kelce is an especially well-known man. During his time with the Kansas City Chiefs, the tight end established himself as one of the top players around; two Super Bowl rings, a reality show and a podcast didn’t lower his profile either. And that was before links to Taylor Swift pushed him into the celebrity stratosphere.

Now, even non-football fans are familiar with Kelce and his No. 87 jersey. But have you ever wondered how he picked that number?

Well, it wasn’t down to random chance or the choice of an equipment manager. Instead, the jersey is a sentimental tribute to Travis’ brother, Jason.

Why Does Travis Kelce Wear No. 87?

At the risk of painting with a broad brush, professional athletes aren’t stereotypically viewed as the most emotionally intelligent people around. In Kelce’s case, though, he carries a tribute to his older brother as a key part of his identity.

Ahead of their 2023 Super Bowl showdown, Travis and Jason sat down with NFL Films for a joint interview. And, during that discussion, the younger brother shared the logic behind his jersey number.

“Yeah,” the Chief explained when asked if he wore 87 because of his brother. “If there is a Kelce legacy, two brothers making it to the NFL, it all started in 1987. Because this big guy was born in 1987.”