Former Penn State basketball player makes Kansas City Chiefs roster

The 6-foot-7 Travis has made the transition from hoops to football. (USATSI)

It really is amazing how, each year, NFL teams are finding spots on their rosters for former college hoops players, guys who chose to dedicate their collegiate lives to one sport — yet have a better chance at going pro in another.

That’s the deal with Ross Travis, who graduated from Penn State in the spring. The Chiefs made their final cuts over the weekend, as every NFL team did, and Travis, a tight end, found himself still in the organization.

It’ll be on the practice squad — but still, that’s impressive. Especially since he reportedly had not played organized football in seven years. Travis put up 7.0 points and 6.9 boards per game during the final three season of his Penn State career. He was the best man on the boards for the Nittany Lions the the last three seasons.

Travis’ spring began with minicamps in Houston, with the Texans, before he got his shot in training camp in Kansas City.

The Chiefs are clearly open to this pipeline, as Demetrius Harris is also receiving a paycheck from KC. Harris played college hoops for Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Travis will likely get a call-up from the Chiefs’ 10-man practice squad if one tight end goes down to injury, or help is needed on special teams.


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