The parents are going to be sitting in separate places of the stadium, with Donna joining commissioner Roger Goodell in the luxury box and Ed sitting in the stadium seats to watch.For Donna, the reasoning is pragmatic. “I think it’s a good idea otherwise I wouldn’t be able to see the game,” she told Garafolo. “Because of all the media. I don’t think they’d leave me alone.””All I know is that there is definitely is a line in Vegas that says how many times it will show us on television at that Super Bowl, so let’s hope it’s not a lot.” Although they seem to be enjoying two of their kids squaring off in a Super Bowl, it’s clear they’re burnt out on the attention. Perhaps it makes sense, then, that Donna would seek a bit of privacy. All eyes are on Donna and Ed Kelce this Super Bowl week as their sons Travis and Jason get ready to square off in Super Bowl 57. But those eyes are going to have to be looking in two different places in State Farm Stadium.From Super Bowl Live on @nflnetwork with America’s Mom and Dad this week, Donna and Ed Kelce, who will be watching #Chiefs-#Eagles from separate locations. “Blue-collar grunt” Ed will be in the stands, while Donna cheers for offense in NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s box. pic.twitter.com/fECjJaGRGy
Kelce and the Eagles appeared in Super Bowl LVII against the Kansas City Chiefs. Jason’s brother Travis Kelce played for the Chiefs, making it the first Super Bowl to feature two brothers on opposing teams as players. Jason and the Eagles lost to Travis and the Chiefs 38-35.He was moved to center for his senior season in 2010 as the Bearcats went 4–8 under new coach Butch Jones. He started the final 38 games of his 47-game Bearcats career, 26 at left guard and 12 at center. He was named Honorable Mention All-America and second-team All-Big East.
Jason Daniel Kelce (/ˈkɛlsi/; born November 5, 1987) is an American football center for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Eagles in the sixth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He played college football at Cincinnati. Kelce is a Super Bowl champion, six-time Pro Bowl selection, and five-time first-team All-Pro selection.In 2012, Kelce was named the starting center for the second consecutive year. On September 16, he suffered a partially torn MCL and torn ACL in a win over the Baltimore Ravens. Kelce would miss the rest of the 2012 season. In 2009, Kelce earned second-team All-Big East honors after starting 13 games at left guard as the Bearcats went undefeated in the regular season (12-0) and were again Big East Champions, once again earning a BCS Bowl berth, losing to Florida 51-24 in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. Kelce is the elder son of Ed and Donna Kelce and brother of Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce. Ed Kelce was a sales representative in the steel business. Donna Kelce is known for attending both of her sons’ games, and is often seen wearing a two-sided jersey featuring both of their names. She traveled from Tampa to Kansas City to attend both of her sons’ Wild Card round games on January 16, 2022. In high school, aside from football, Jason played hockey and Travis played basketball.Kelce was born and grew up in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, the son of Ed Kelce, a sales rep in the steel business, and Donna, who works in banking. He is the older brother of Travis Kelce, a tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs. He attended Cleveland Heights High School, where he played both running back and linebacker and was twice named All-Lake Erie-Lake League. At Cleveland Heights, he played baritone saxophone in the symphonic and jazz bands. On February 27, 2014, Kelce agreed to a six-year, $37.5 million contract extension, with $13 million guaranteed, according to agent Jason Bernstein. On September 23, Kelce underwent surgery for a sports hernia and missed four games. Despite missing time, he was selected to his first Pro Bowl.
We are two brothers from Cleveland Heights who, as kids, had a dream of turning pro, and now we’re here to give our thoughts from inside the game. We’ve been waiting for the right moment to do this show, and with 12 Pro Bowls and 2 rings between us, we have a few things to say about the league, the new talent on the field, the upcoming season, and our lives off the field. There will be a few notable names to join us on episodes, but for the most part, this will be a raw dialogue between two brothers who had the chance to live out their childhood football dreams together.
On March 11, 2022, after mulling retirement before the 2022 offseason, Kelce signed a new one-year deal with the Eagles worth $14 million, which made him the highest paid center in the NFL.As a sophomore in 2008, he made 13 starts at left guard, as part of an offensive line that also included future NFL linemen Jeff Linkenbach and Trevor Canfield, which helped the UC offense average 27.3 points and 375.3 yards of total offense per game. The Bearcats went 11–3 overall, were Big East champions, and played in the FedEx Orange Bowl, where the Bearcats fell to Virginia Tech 20–7. His brother, Travis Kelce, began playing alongside him at Cincinnati after he also joined them in 2008.Despite lacking true NFL size, Kelce was projected a fourth to fifth round pick. He ran the fastest 40-yard dash time of all offensive linemen at the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine, with a 4.89-second time. On March 11, 2011, Kelce had an appendectomy after he was diagnosed with appendicitis.On March 5, 2021, Kelce signed a new deal with the Philadelphia Eagles. He was placed on the COVID list on January 3, 2022, and activated four days later, allowing him to keep his consecutive starts streak alive. He went in for the team’s first offensive snap then was benched for the rest of the game. In 2021, Kelce was selected to his fifth Pro Bowl, marking his third straight selection, and was the Eagles finalist for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. He was also named a first-team All Pro by the Associated Press for the fourth time in his career. There have been many great siblings rivalries in the NFL, the most obvious being Peyton and Eli Manning. However, throughout NFL history there has never been two siblings square off on the grandest stage of all.Travis, meanwhile, has had a Hall of Fame career and is one of the greatest tight ends ever. Despite being selected in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft, Travis has earned eight Pro Bowl selections, seven All-Pro selections (four First-Team, three Second-Team). He was also part of the Chiefs team who won the Super Bowl at the end of the 2019 season.However, several health issues reportedly prevented him from joining the Army, but he did end up working for the Coast Guard. After a while, Ed Kelce moved into the steel industry, and would sometimes even bring Jason and Travis to work with him.During the Wild Card Round last year, Donna started the day off watching Jason and the Eagles take on the Buccaneers in Tampa Bay. As soon as that was over, she jumped on a plane to Kansas City to watch Travis and the Chiefs take on the Steelers.Jason is the older brother by two years and has been in the league since 2011. With the Eagles he has earned six Pro Bowl selections, and five First-Team All-Pro selections.Travis and Jason’s mom is Donna Kelce who has become a star in her own right in recent years. Donna worked in banking for over 30 years, working for Mastercard before working at a local bank in Cleveland. He never played sports to a high level but was physically fit and helped nurture Jason and Travis’ natural talents. He married Donna Kelce in the 1970s, and they were married for 25 years, helping to raise their two boys in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.Travis and Jason Kelce’s parents are dad Ed and mom Donna. Ed was a sales rep in the steel business but has a military background like the rest of his family.He is the ex-husband of Donna Kelce. He is from Cleveland. He developed interest in football during high school. He pursued college education and got enlisted in the Coast Guard, but his service was not for a long time as he was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease.”Apparently Wyatt is pretty pumped about the Eagles win last night too,” he captioned the funny clip on Instagram. “Woke up to her singing the entire fight song this morning in her crib.” Jason and his brother Travis, who plays for the Kansas City Chiefs, made history as the first brothers to face off in a Super Bowl. Kylie was 38 weeks pregnant at the time, and ahead of the big game, she shared her emergency labor plan with PEOPLE.Wyatt cheered on her dad at the 2023 Super Bowl, when the Eagles took on the Kansas City Chiefs. While the Eagles didn’t win, Kylie was able to share cute pictures and a video of her daughter enjoying the game.The pair have given several sweet glimpses of their family on social media over the years, including photos of them wearing matching outfits for Halloween and attending football games together.Most recently, Jason confirmed that he would have his girls supporting him in the stands for the Super Bowl. “I’m also bringing Kylie’s parents, I’m bringing the girls,” Jason shared on his podcast with his brother Travis. Like her father, Wyatt seems to be a big Eagles fan. Following the team’s win against the New York Giants in January 2023, the NFL star shared an adorable video of his daughter cheering for the team upon waking up. Jason and Kylie’s daughter Wyatt Elizabeth Kelce was born on Oct. 2, 2019. Jason celebrated her birth on Instagram sharing a photo of Kylie holding their newborn on her chest as Wyatt appeared to throw up a peace sign. Just days before the game in Arizona, Kylie told PEOPLE that they were considering a baby name that would pay tribute to the Super Bowl if she happened to give birth that Sunday. While Jason and his team didn’t win the big game, Kylie was able to snap cute photos of the girls on game day, which she shared on Instagram. Plus, to her relief, she didn’t end up going into labor during the Super Bowl. “What an incredible run. Wasn’t the outcome we wanted … but at least I didn’t go into labor at the game🤷♀️.”In September 2020, Jason and Kylie announced that Wyatt would be a big sister soon. “Another apple joining the Kelce family tree,” Kylie captioned a photo of Wyatt wearing a shirt that read: “Best sister ever.” In September 2022, Kylie shared that she and Jason were expecting a third child by posting a photo of her daughters wearing matching “Big sister” shirts.Kelsie Gibson is the SEO Editor of PEOPLE Digital. Since joining the brand in 2021, she has contributed to a number of different verticals, writing and editing SEO content ranging from relationship timelines to TV and movie explainers. Prior to joining PEOPLE, Kelsie worked at POPSUGAR as the Celebrity and Entertainment editor, where she wrote and edited content and conducted various interviews for online and video at press junkets, red carpets, and events such as Tribeca Film Festival. She was also formerly at Bustle, Tiger Beat, and Her Campus and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “Before I had children, I told myself if I ever have a daughter, I’m just going to treat them exactly the same as a son. I don’t think that you should treat kids necessarily different,” he said. “And then when I had a daughter, I was like, ‘I’m not going to spoil her, I’m going to raise her tough. She’s going to be hard.’ And the moment she came out, I was like, ‘Yeah, that’s not going to work.’ “ The NFL star and his wife, Kylie McDevitt, are proud parents of three daughters — Wyatt Elizabeth, Elliotte Ray and Bennett Llewellyn. The couple welcomed their youngest daughter in February 2023 shortly after Super Bowl LVII. “It’s Grandma Mary’s maiden name,” the football star shared on his podcast, New Heights. “I wanted to honor Grandma Mary, who is now resting in peace. She had a good run.”
“Both fan bases are absolutely amazing; just give everything that they have on game day,” she said on-air, before confessing that the Eagles had a slight edge. “Jason would say I’m going to root for the baby of the family, which is Travis. And I keep telling him, ‘No, you’ve given me grandchildren.’ So we’ll leave it at that,” Donna said. “It’s always about the grands.””She was the heavyweight champ, man,” Travis added. “She was on top of it, and she shined the whole time, man. That was the coolest part. Mom, you killed it. Dad, you’ve been killing it.”Donna and Ed tied the knot in the late ’70s, about five years before welcoming their older son Jason. Less than two years later, they became a family of four with the addition of Travis. Together, they raised their family in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, and sent their sons to the University of Cincinnati, where they both played college football. Donna, for her part, made sure to show her sons equal support when dressing for the big game. For her “#gamedayfit,” the proud mom wore a shirt that split into Eagles and Chiefs colors on each side and a clear bag with each of her sons’ jersey numbers. She even donned sneakers corresponding to each team — Chiefs on her left, Eagles on her right. “We hit the floor and I screamed out, ‘Oh, my back!’ ” Ed recalled. “Changed the whole dynamic. All of a sudden they weren’t mad at each other; they were worried about dad. There wasn’t a damn thing wrong with me, but it ended the fight.” “We never got vegetables growing up,” Travis teased during their father’s podcast appearance after Ed mentioned the importance of nutritious meal. “I never ate a single vegetable growing up.” Dodging the question, Donna asked the same of her and Ed, to which her sons responded in laughs. Admitting defeat, Travis teased, “I gotta start breeding, I gotta start breeding.” Though Donna is keen on having more grandchildren, she advised Travis to “wait until you find the right person.”
“Everything was a competition. It was a competition to see who could get to the table first, who could get to the front seat of the car — this is just typical sibling rivalry. They egged each other on,” she explained.”There are mannerisms, tones, speech things, the way we address people that are very similar between me and Jason,” Ed explained on New Heights with Jason and Travis Kelce. “But, as far as, do I see more of myself in Jason than [Travis]? No, in some ways it might be the other way.
“I was supposed to go out with a guy that night. We were supposed to go to a play, and I never made it. Your dad and I talked forever,” Donna told her sons, adding jokingly, “It was a good play, too! I really wanted to see it.” “The moment I saw mom is when I got really emotional because man, it was so awesome,” Jason said. “It was awesome that she was on top of the world for a week.” Fans aren’t the only ones dying to know who Donna’s favorite son is — her kids want to know, too! “You’ve said in the past to both of us that you root for me because I’ve given you grandkids. I’ve always known that you root for Travis. So, who do you actually root for?,” Jason, who has three daughters, asked his mom on New Heights with Jason and Travis Kelce.
Regardless of the outcome, the proud mom was also prepared for a waterworks show of both happy and sad tears. “I’ll just be so elated. Probably some tears. It’ll just be a very, very emotional moment,” she said. “I’m a true fan of football. This is going to be so awesome.”This isn’t the first time Donna has spoken publicly about her sons’ fierce sibling rivalry. In an interview with Sports Illustrated, she noted it wasn’t unusual for the brothers to throw punches as well. “There were a lot of fights,” Donna told the magazine. “There were a lot of punches thrown. It all just stemmed from somebody being better than the other one, and the other one not being able to deal with it.” Ed also spoke about his sons’ childhood battles while speaking with the Los Angeles Times, recalling the first time that Travis actually stood up to his older brother and how Ed creatively broke up the scrap. After the boys took their fight into the kitchen, accidentally entangling Ed, he exaggerated an injury to get them to settle down. As her sons got in the zone for Super Bowl LVII, Donna told PEOPLE she wrote letters to both Travis and Jason to read before they took the field. “I wrote them both letters and I’m going to take them cookies,” the mother-of-two revealed. At the heart of her letters, Donna said she wanted “to tell them that my fingers are crossed for both of them, that I’m proud of them, and I hope their dreams come true.”And though the family grows everything from tomatoes to squash now — which they donate to underprivileged families — Jason and Travis say their father wasn’t always as focused on healthy eating growing up. While having two sons play in the Super Bowl was something she and the family only believed to be possible in their wildest dreams, Donna knew, as a mom of two top-ranked NFL players, that the possibility was always within reach. Of course, football fans followed Ed and Donna’s leadup to the 2023 Super Bowl with a diligent eye. Would each parent root for a separate team? Were they casting favorites? Whose jersey would they wear? Ed argued that both boys ate “green beans and corn” as kids, but Jason agreed with Travis, who replied: “We ate Giorgio’s Oven Fresh Pizza every single night.” After roughly 25 years of marriage, the pair went their separate ways following both their sons’ college graduations. While the divorce presented a hardship for the Kelce family, Donna looks back on her marriage to Ed fondly. On New Heights with Jason and Travis Kelce, Donna assured both Jason and Travis that she has no ill will towards their father and considers him a very important person in her life.”We’ll try to enjoy it,” he told the Los Angeles Times before the game. “But by 10 o’clock Sunday night, somebody’s brokenhearted and somebody’s celebrating. We’ll deal with that the best we can when it happens.” Ultimately, the Chiefs ended up defeating the Eagles 38-35, making Travis the victorious brother of the aptly nicknamed “Kelce Bowl.” While Travis celebrated on the winner’s platform alongside Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes, Jason was seen getting emotional after reuniting with his mom on the field after the loss. The Eagles star immediately enveloped Donna in a huge hug while she appeared to share some comforting words. Not wanting the night to end, Ed recalled taking a quick shower and taking Donna to another nearby bar. “It was meant to be. It’s just the way it was,” Donna quipped.With her stepmother’s continued support, Donna became the first in her family to graduate college. After earning her degree from Ohio University, she pursued a 30-year career in banking. She worked for Mastercard before settling down with a local bank in Cleveland, where she specialized in commercial real estate finances. Donna isn’t joking when she says she doesn’t root for one son more than the other. During the NFL Wild Card games, in which both Jason and Travis were playing in and on nearly opposite coasts, Donna traveled 1,300 miles to see both her sons compete in their respective playoff games on the same day. Speaking with PEOPLE, the mom shared that she was planning on donning a special piece of jewelry that she had on her all season. “I wear jewelry from my mother,” Donna said. “She passed this year. She always wore it for games, so I’m wearing it now. I wore it all season.”Unfortunately, the Army rejected his application due to a pre-existing knee injury. Ed did, however, go on to enlist for the Coast Guard. Albeit, his dreams were cut short during boot camp when he learned he had Crohn’s disease. Ed pivoted and went on to have a very successful career in the steel industry, occasionally bringing his sons to work with them so they could get an understanding of what work in a mill was like.
“You got to do whatever sports you wanted, you got to go on all the tournaments, you got to do everything and it worked out,” Donna told her sons. She added: “If there would have been another kid, somebody was going to lose out.”
During an appearance this week on the football stars’ hit podcast, New Heights, Donna spoke of her relationship with their dad after Jason asked his mom: “Why do you hate him?”After becoming pregnant with their youngest, Donna confessed that she was “hoping for a girl” – before joking that she “got one” because Travis is a “fashionista and a dancer”.
Leading up to Super Bowl LVII, Donna and Ed were asked which team they were rooting for. Donna made it clear that she was neutral and rooting for both teams by sporting a custom-made jersey and matching shoes. Half of the jersey — as well as one shoe — supported Jason and the Eagles, while the other half (and the other shoe) showed support for Travis and the Chiefs.
So, when the Eagles and the Chiefs ended up in the Super Bowl — pitting Travis and Jason against each other in the big game — NFL commissioner Roger Goodell invited both Donna and the brothers’ father, Ed, to his private sky box to watch her sons compete. Donna accepted the invitation as she sought privacy from the media, while Ed decided to watch the game in the stands, calling himself a “blue-collar grunt.”Despite the Kelce brothers’ parents separating, they have demonstrated that their split was amicable, and their family remains a priority. “Why do you hate him?” Jason jokingly asked Donna during an episode of the “New Heights” podcast. “I don’t hate him,” Donna replied. “We’re still friends. We get along great.” She added that people just “move apart” in life, and she has no regrets about marrying him, as she’s thankful to have brought her two sons into the world.