Travis Kelce Tries to Lure Future Hall-of-Famer Out of Retirement for Chiefs

Chiefs TE Travis Kelce is doing his best to lure one future NFL Hall-of-Famer out of retirement: three-time Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald.
Travis Kelce is doing his best to lure Aaron Donald to the Chiefs.
Travis Kelce is doing his best to lure Aaron Donald to the Chiefs. / Michael Chow / USA TODAY NETWORK

Once the 2024 NFL season begins, the Kansas City Chiefs have the opportunity to do something that's never been done before: win three consecutive Super Bowls. The Chiefs have proven themselves to be the league's best team with back-to-back championship runs, but winning a third title in a row would be something for the history books.

The Chiefs have done everything in their power this offseason to prepare for a potential three-peat, from re-signing key defenders to giving Patrick Mahomes more weapons. At the same time, there's a reason why no other team has won three straight Super Bowls: It's that damn hard.

In other words, you can't fault the Chiefs for looking to add even more reinforcements, which is exactly what Travis Kelce did on his latest podcast episode.

Chiefs News: Travis Kelce Recruits Aaron Donald

On the latest episode of the "New Heights" podcast, Kelce did his best to recruit three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald. The 32-year-old future Hall-of-Famer announced his retirement earlier this month after spending 10 productive seasons with the LA Rams.

But even if the ink on Donald's retirement papers is still wet, Kelce didn't let that stop him from making a sales pitch. Upon congratulating the 10-time Pro Bowl defender, Kelce mentioned that Donald is free to join the Chiefs if he wants a shot at winning another Super Bowl ring.

"Shoutout to A.D. Unbelievable career, brother. If you want to win one more Super Bowl, [the Chiefs] will probably have some availability somewhere in December."

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It might be a long shot, but it's hard not to get excited about the possibility of Donald donning a Chiefs jersey. The 32-year-old is, arguably, the greatest defensive tackle of all time, highlighted by his three DPOY awards, eight first-team All-Pro nods, and 10 Pro Bowl appearances over the last decade.

The Chiefs boasted one of the NFL's best defenses last season and the unit would only reach new heights with Donald in the fold. Even though his prime is in the rearview, the ex-Pittsburgh product still managed to record 28 solo tackles, eight sacks, and three defended passes en route to finishing ninth in the 2023 Comeback Player of the Year voting.

Having said that, it's going to take a lot more than a podcast plea to convince Donald to prematurely end his retirement. When he announced he was hanging up his cleats, he told reports that he's "burnt out" but feels "complete" with everything that he accomplished across his 10-year career. Maybe he'd be more willing to play another year if he didn't win a Super Bowl with the Rams in 2020.

We saw Tom Brady quickly retract his retirement in 2022, so it isn't as if Donald's decision is completely set in stone just yet. If Kelce even thinks that there's a possibility that the elite defender has one more season left in him, you can't fault him for trying.

In the meantime, time will tell if No. 87's recruitment attempt is just fantasy general managing or the start of something bigger.

With or without Donald, Kansas City's shot at a three-peat looks promising. After all, the Chiefs currently own the second-best Super Bowl LIX odds on FanDuel Sportsbook. If they get Donald, those odds will prove to be an incredible bargain.

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