All About Travis and Jason Kelce’s Parents, Ed and Donna Kelce

Ed and Donna Kelce made history as the first parents with two sons playing against one another in the Super Bowl

Travis Kelce and Ed Kelce. ; Donna Kelce and Jason Kelce attend Thursday Night Football Presents The World Premiere of “Kelce” on September 08, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. PHOTO: ED KELCE INSTAGRAM ; LISA LAKE/GETTY

Ed and Donna Kelce are the proud parents of not one, but two NFL stars.

After a combined 22 years of playing in the NFL, brothers Jason and Travis Kelce reached a football milestone no other brotherly duo has been able to accomplish: they were the first brothers to ever square off at the Super Bowl — meaning their parents, Ed and Donna, not only attended the big game, but they were also rooting for both teams.

Super Bowl LVII saw the Philadelphia Eagles face off against the Kansas City Chiefs. Of course, football fans followed Ed and Donna’s leadup to the 2023 Super Bowl with a diligent eye. 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.

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 Kelce family’s wild ride didn’t stop after the Super Bowl, however. The rest of the year saw Jason and Travis skyrocket to new levels of fame — especially after Travis started dating Taylor Swift in September. Through it all, Donna and Ed were right by their sons’ sides.

“It’s been really surreal and it’s been a fun ride to be on,” Donna told PEOPLE in January 2024. “Being able to be with the kids more than I have in any other year previously.”

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Just one year after the Kelce Bowl, Travis returned to the Super Bowl to face off against the San Francisco 49ers. Donna and Ed were in attendance to cheer on the tight end alongside Swift, and celebrated with him on the field after the Chiefs ultimately defeated the 49ers in overtime.

Ahead of the big game, Donna told PEOPLE she was looking forward to a more relaxing experience in 2024 after watching her sons compete against each other the year prior.

“This year I’m going to take a step back to enjoy it,” she said. “I get to enjoy it this time.”

From their rom-com-worthy meet-cute to navigating life with two sons in the NFL, here’s everything to know about Ed and Donna Kelce.

Donna grew up outside of Cleveland

Donna Kelce and Travis Kelce at the AFC championship game in 2020. SCOTT WINTERS/ICON SPORTSWIRE/GETTY

Donna was born and raised in Cleveland. Her mother died when she was just 12 years old, shortly after the family — including her father and younger brother Don — had just moved out of Cleveland and to the suburbs. After her mother died, her father married a woman named Mary, whom Donna described as a “wonderful human being.” Looking back on her childhood, Donna credits her stepmother — also known as Grandma Murr by the Kelce brothers — for getting her and Don back on track.

“By the grace of God, if we didn’t have [Mary] I don’t think we would have made it,” she said during an appearance on her sons’ joint podcast, New Heights with Jason and Travis Kelce.

While Donna’s father was against women playing sports, her stepmother was all in. During her high school years, Donna secretly — but with her stepmother’s support and guidance – competed at the Junior Olympics in track and field and won.

“She’s just a lovely lady,” Donna told her sons of Grandma Murr, who died in 2023. “I feel so fortunate that I was raised by her.”

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.

Ed’s family has a big military background

Travis Kelce with his father Ed. TRAVIS KELCE INSTAGRAM

Ed also grew up in Cleveland and, like his sons, was immediately attracted to the sport of football in high school. He gave college a try; however, coming from a family with a large military presence, Ed felt called to serve his country.

“Everybody in my family prior to me was in the service,” Ed told his sons on New Heights with Jason and Travis Kelce. “We’re also talking about family [that] lived through World War II, so that’s what everybody did because that was the background.”

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.

“I’d take them there — hard hat, safety glasses, boots, the whole nine yards,” he told the Los Angeles Times. “I’d tell them, ‘You can have a job like your mother’s, or you can have a job like mine.’ ”

Donna first met Ed while on her way to another date


For Donna and Ed, it was love at first sight. While sharing their love story on New Heights with Jason and Travis Kelce, it was revealed that the couple met right before Donna was meant to go on another date. On her way to the date, Donna stopped by a bar named Fagan’s in Old Cleveland Flats, where Ed also happened to swing by for an after-work drink. The two got to talking and Donna never went to meet the other guy.

“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.”

For his part, Ed is still shocked he won over Donna as he was covered in dirt from head to toe after working at the steel lab all day. “I’m in coveralls that are covered in cement,” Ed continued the story. “We started talking and she gave me a ride home. She came in and I told her ‘hold on, let me change.’ ”

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.

They were married for nearly 25 years

Donna Kelce, Jason Kelce, Ed Kelce, and Travis Kelce.DONNA KELCE INSTAGRAM

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.

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 toward their father and considers him a very important person in her life.

“I don’t hate him. We’re friends to this day. We get along great,” Donna said on the podcast. “We were like a tag team with you two. We got to do all sorts of fun things. When one of you had to go out of town, the other person would help with the other child. It was perfect.”

However, as Donna explained, “sometimes people move apart.” When asked by her sons if she regrets marrying Ed, Donna responded, “No, never, because I got you two.”

In the 2023 documentary, Kelce, Donna and Ed talked about choosing to stay together for as long as they did for the benefit of their boys.

“If we had split as we probably both would have preferred, that would have been a nightmare with the logistics, getting kids where they had to be and providing all the support,” Ed explains in the film.

“Just trying to keep it all together when you’re being a parent,” Donna adds. “It’s tough.”

They’re proud parents of two NFL stars

Travis Kelce and Jason Kelce on the field after a game. TRAVIS KELCE INSTAGRAM

Donna and Ed welcomed their football superstars exactly 23 months apart: Jason arrived on Nov. 5, 1987, while his younger brother was born on Oct. 5, 1989. While some fans argue Jason is his dad’s mini-me, Ed doesn’t find that to be the case.

“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.”

To say there was never a dull moment in the Kelce household would be an understatement, Donna joked on the Today show. Chatting with anchors Savannah Guthrie and Craig Melvin, the mom of two recalled breaking up “a lot of fights” when her boys were younger.

“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.

Jason and Travis Kelce as kids. ED KELCE INSTAGRAM

This wasn’t the first time Donna spoke 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,” she 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.”

Donna told PEOPLE in 2024 that her kids’ success is even better because of their previous rivalry. “Being able to be with my kids — the experiences, the places, enjoying people I’ve never met before. And I’m very happy they get to enjoy the fruits of their labor, because it’s [been] a tough ride to get where they are now,” she said.

Ed lives a mile away from Jason and his wife

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Ed relocated from Cleveland to Philadelphia to be closer to Jason, his wife, Kylie, and their three kids. He currently lives a mile away from the nine-acre farm where Jason and Kylie are raising their family, though he regularly visits to help with growing produce in their garden, as he explained to the Los Angeles Times.

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And though the family grows everything from tomatoes to squash now, Jason and Travis say their father wasn’t always as focused on healthy eating growing up.

“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.”

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.”

Donna traveled 1,300 miles in one day to attend both her sons’ playoff games

Donna Kelce holds up photos of her sons, Jason Kelce and Travis Kelce. COOPER NEILL/GETTY

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 2022, 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.

The NFL’s official Twitter account documented Donna’s journey, which began in San Francisco, where Jason and the Eagles were facing off against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. From there, she took a flight to Kansas City and arrived just in time to surprise Travis at the Chiefs’ post-game press conference.

Travis was clearly surprised when the first question came from his mom, who wanted to know how it felt to finally get a touchdown in a playoff game.

“To finally throw a touchdown like I used to tell my mom when I was like five years old that I was going to eventually throw a touchdown in the National Football League, I finally got it done,” he answered with a smile. “It only took me nine years. That’s a good question though, Mom.”

Jason and Travis agree that their mom made the 2023 Super Bowl extra memorable

Donna Kelce gives cookies to her son’s Jason and Travis Kelce. CHRISTIAN PETERSEN/GETTY

Jason and Travis reminisced on the 2023 Super Bowl during an episode of their New Heights podcast. They agreed the night was made even more special thanks to Donna.

“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.”

“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.”

Ed braced himself for one of his sons’ Super Bowl heartbreak

Travis Kelce and Ed Kelce pose for a photo. ED KELCE INSTAGRAM

Ahead of Super Bowl 2023, Ed was already preparing to comfort one of his sons after the other was declared a victor.

“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.”

During his appearance on his sons’ podcast, Travis asked Ed which of them he will speak to first after the game concludes.

“Probably the loser,” he said, explaining, “Somebody’s gonna feel pretty crummy and I wanna be with him — initially.”

Travis likes to tease Donna that Jason is her favorite because of the grandkids

Jason Kelce poses with his daughters Wyatt and Elliotte, his mom Donna Kelce and his brother Travis Kelce.JASON KELCE/INSTAGRAM

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.

“In this one, you have the luxury of rooting for offenses,” Jason said about the 2023 Super Bowl, “but if in a battle to the death, me versus Travis, who are you rooting for?”

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.”

“I’m gonna find a breeder, and I’m gonna get kids so that mom can love me again,” Travis jokingly ended the segment.

Donna and Ed are fans of Taylor Swift

Donna Kelce and Taylor Swift.COOPER NEILL/GETTY

Taylor Swift, who is dating Travis, attended her first Chiefs game in September 2023. The pop star sat next to Donna in Travis’ suite and was seen cheering loudly for the tight end. A week later, Swift and Donna were spotted hugging at the Chiefs vs. New York Jets game in New York City.

“Donna likes Taylor and thinks she’s very sweet and down to earth,” a source told PEOPLE.

However, Donna wouldn’t consider herself a “Swiftie.” She told PEOPLE, “My era was Earth, Wind and Fire [and] Chaka Khan. That’s more my music. But obviously, talent is talent.” Donna did catch a screening of Swift’s Eras Tour concert film — and expressed interest in seeing the “Lover” singer live.

“I did like it. It was awesome,” she told PEOPLE. “I was just totally enthralled.”

At the Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos game in October 2023, Swift met Ed for the first time. Travis and Jason discussed the interaction, which was heavily photographed, on their podcast, New Heights.

Taylor Swift hugs Ed Kielce after the AFC Championship NFL football game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on January 28, 2024.KARA DURRETTE/GETTY

“He shouldn’t be talking to Taylor Swift. If you see Dad talking to anybody and you can’t hear what’s happening, who knows where that conversation’s going,” Jason joked. Travis added: “This is a terrifying conversation. I felt terrible for Taylor for being in this. You can see in this picture all he’s doing is just absolutely pumping her up.”

Ed later told PEOPLE that Swift showed no signs of being a “diva” or a “spoiled musician.”

“I’ll tell you something very special that I noticed about Taylor the first time I met her. She gets up to go get a drink or something and she starts picking up empty bottles, cans, plates that are scattered around. And that really, to me, said a whole lot,” he shared.

They cheered on Travis together at the 2024 Super Bowl

Travis Kelce celebrates with his mom Donna Kelce after the AFC Championship game.PATRICK SMITH/GETTY

Donna and Ed were there every step of the way during their sons’ 2023 season. Though Jason’s playoff run ended with an Eagles loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Jan. 15, sparking retirement rumors for the 13-year vet, he joined his parents in cheering on Travis at the AFC championship game, where the Chiefs ultimately beat the Baltimore Ravens and advanced to the Super Bowl.

Following the victory, Ed and Donna made their way to the field to celebrate with Travis and Swift.

“It’s so difficult to get there and to be able to get there two times in a row, this was very special,” Donna told PEOPLE of Travis’ accomplishment.

Plus, she added, it was also special “to be able to be with my other son [Jason, of the Philadelphia Eagles] to watch the game.”

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The family reunited again to watch Travis and the Chiefs bring home another championship at Super Bowl LVIII. They watched the game from a suite where they were joined by Swift and her parents. Following the Chiefs’ victory, Donna and Swift made their way to the field hand-in-hand to celebrate with Travis.

While Donna told PEOPLE she couldn’t be prouder of both of her sons, she’s also ready for some much-deserved family time during the off-season.

“I’m looking forward to spending time with them in the off-season, but they’re also very busy,” she said ahead of the big game. “They need to get away themselves just to relax.”

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