Travis Kelce Talks About His Wild Spending: Nikes and a Rolex, and Why He Suggests a Financial Advisor

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Reed Hoffmann/AP/Shutterstock (11677888iv)Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce watches from the sidelines during the first half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers, in Kansas City, MoChargers Chiefs Football, Kansas City, United States - 03 Jan 2021.
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If you’ve ever splurged on a pair of shoes or wondered where all your money went at the end of the month, you’re not alone. And here’s some perspective: Your out-of-control spending could always be worse. You could be Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs tight end, who blew a huge amount of money after signing a major contract.

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Kelce recently ‘fessed up about his most extravagant purchases after signing a $3.1 million contract with a $700,000 bonus in his rookie year with the NFL. 

“I should’ve been on the [ESPN documentary] ’30 for 30: Broke’ the way I was spending,” he told Shannon Sharpe on the “Club Shay Shay” podcast. In spite of the hefty contract, by the end of his first year in the NFL, Kelce was struggling to pay rent. 

Some of his purchases? Nike Mag self-lacing sneakers patterned after the ones in “Back to the Future” and a Rolex watch from a jeweler in Kansas City. 

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“I’m a big sneaker fan,” Kelce tells Sharpe. “Those Marty McFlys, man, the Nike Air Mags… I knew I wanted them ever since I saw them tying themselves on McFly’s feet.”

Turns out, sneakers and watches may not be the best long-term investment. “I was walking into this empty apartment with Marty McFlys on and a Rolex, I felt like I was the coolest guy in the world,” Kelce said. 

If he had it to do over, however, he’d be more conscientious. “All the young guys in the league that have the opportunity to get that first big check from the NFL, save it, man. Find a financial advisor you trust that’s gonna do right with your money,” he said in the podcast.

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Fortunately, Kelce has another chance to establish some better financial habits, with a fresh $57.25 million, 4-year contract with the Chiefs. Hopefully, he’ll find a way to be as disciplined with his cash as he is when it comes to football. 

You can watch the full episode below. “You’ve gotta find a routine for success,” he advises young athletes on the podcast.

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Dawn Allcot is a full-time freelance writer and content marketing specialist who geeks out about finance, e-commerce, technology, and real estate. Her lengthy list of publishing credits include Bankrate, Lending Tree, and Chase Bank. She is the founder and owner of, a travel, technology, and entertainment website. She lives on Long Island, New York, with a veritable menagerie that includes 2 cats, a rambunctious kitten, and three lizards of varying sizes and personalities – plus her two kids and husband. Find her on Twitter, @DawnAllcot.
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