The All-Time U of Cincinnati NFL Team

Jason & Travis Kelce and more

The University of Cincinnati played football before the Kelces.

Quarterback Greg Cook was a first-round draft pick. So was defensive tackle Bob Bell. Cook was the AFL Rookie of the Year in 1969 and defensive tackle Ron Kostelnik won five championship rings with the Green Bay Packers that decade. Jim O’Brien kicked a 32-yard field goal with five seconds remaining to give the Baltimore Colts a 16-13 victory over the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl V.

But it was the Kelces – Jason and Travis — who have brought Bearcat football to the NFL’s center stage.

The brothers were teammates on the 2009 University Cincinnati team that went 12-1 and finished eighth in the final Associated Press poll, losing out on a perfect season with a Sugar Bowl loss to Florida. Jason Kelce started all 13 games at left guard that season and Travis caught one pass as a reserve tight end.

Jason became a sixth-round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2011 and Travis a third-round pick of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2013. Since then the brothers have combined for 12 Pro Bowl selections and two Super Bowl rings.

Jason became a walk-in starter for the Eagles in 2011 and went to the first of his five Pro Bowls in 2014. He did not go to the Pro Bowl in 2017 or 2018 but was voted first-team all-pro both seasons. He won his Super Bowl ring in 2018.

Travis’ rookie season in 2013 ended after one game with a knee injury but he moved into the starting lineup in 2014. He went to the first of his seven consecutive Pro Bowls in 2015 and posted 100-catch seasons in both 2018 and 2020. He won his Super Bowl ring in 2020.

So pencil in the Kelces plus their 2009 Cincinnati teammates Derek Wolfe and Mike Windt on the school’s all-time NFL team.

Here is that team:

QB—Greg Cook, 1969 NFL Rookie of the Year

HB—Ray Nolting, 2 Pro Bowls, 8 seasons, 2,285 yards, 10 touchdowns

FB—Rod Phillips, 6 seasons, 595 yards, 3 touchdowns

WR—Joe Morrison, 14 seasons, 395 receptions, 65 touchdowns

WR—Elbie Nickel, 3 Pro Bowls, 11 seasons, 329 receptions, 27 TDs

Travis Kelce photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons

*-TE—Travis Kelce, 7 Pro Bowls, Super Bowl ring

T—Jason Fabini, 11 seasons, 129 starts

T—Jeff Dellenbach, 6 seasons, 36 starts

G—Bill Feldhaus, 4 seasons (1930s), 32 starts

G—Gene Gossage, 3 seasons, 22 starts

*-C—Jason Kelce, 5 Pro Bowls, 12 seasons, 167 starts, Super Bowl ring

DE—Connor Barwin, Pro Bowl, 10 seasons, 56 1/2sacks

DE—Derek Wolfe, 9 seasons, 34 sacks

DT—Bob Bell, 8 seasons, 28 sacks

DT—Ron Kostelnik, 9 seasons, 17 sacks, five championship rings

OLB—George Jamison, 12 seasons, 21 takeaways, 20 ½ sacks

MLB—Alex Gordon, 7 seasons, 46 starts, 12 sacks

OLB—Trent Cole, 12 seasons, 90 ½ sacks

CB—Artrell Hawkins, 9 seasons, 11 interceptions

CB—Al Nelson, 9 seasons, 13 interceptions

S—Brig Owens, 12 seasons, 36 interceptions, 5 touchdowns

S—Sam Garnes, 7 seasons, 10 interceptions

K—Rich Karlis, 9 seasons, 172 field goals, 799 points

*-P—Kevin Huber, Pro Bowl, 14 seasons, 45.3-yard average

KR—Antonio Chatman, 229 returns, 2,809 yards, TD

ST—Reggie Harrison, blocked a punt in a Super Bowl

DS—Mike Windt, 9 seasons, 133 games

*–Still active

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