2. He Bridged the Gap Between Old and New
Chiefs fans remember the old days. After Trent Green retired, Kansas City suffered through a disastrous string of quarterbacks like Brodie Croyle, Tyler Thigpen and Damon Huard, just to name a few.
Of course, Alex Smith brought stability to the organization and playoff appearances before Patrick Mahomes set the whole world on fire. That being said, Kelce is the one consistent connection between the years of suffering and the newfound success.
He was on the roster when the Chiefs blew a 28-point lead to the Colts in the playoffs and when the Steelers didn't score a touchdown but still won. Kelce was on the field for Alex Smith's final game too, the postseason collapse against the Titans at home.
That Kelce suffered alongside us through some of our most devastating moments makes our connection to him that much stronger, and the success that much sweeter.
Chiefs fans know how long the road has been to get here and so does Kelce. He's overcome a tremendous amount of adversity and feels like a true representation of Kansas City.
Not only has Kelce accomplished incredible feats and been with us through the journey, but he's given us a special look inside his life as well to help bolster that relationship between player and city.