MSU Varsity 'S' Club- Secretary
Travis is a two-time graduate of the School of Packaging at MSU, earning a B.S. in 2007 and an M.S. in 2012. In 2004, Key earned an athletic scholarship after joining the Michigan State Football team as a walk-on his freshman year.
As a student-athlete, he was named to four consecutive academic All-Big Ten teams, named honorable mention All-Big Ten and served as team captain during his senior campaign. Key went on to have a two and a half year professional football career that included stints with the National Football League's Minnesota, Cleveland, Detroit, San Diego, and Indianapolis organizations as well as the Canadian Football League's Montreal organization.
After retiring from professional football in 2010, Key began his career as a project engineer with Fellows Incorporated in Itasca, IL. Today, Key works for the Kellogg Company in Battle Creek, MI, as a packaging engineer focusing on cost optimization. Key has been involved in social missions of both companies, serving as a representative of the City of Hope campaign at Fellowes and the United Way campaign at Kellogg.
Serving as Associate Director, Key was an instrumental part in bringing the 4th and 1 Football Camp to East Lansing, MI in 2011. 4th and 1 is a non-profit football, ACT prep, life skills and character development camp that is 100% free to attend for student-athletes that show a strong desire to attend college.
In 2015, 4th and 1 transitioned to APEX Academy, a non-profit organization that Key co-founded with his friend and former Spartan teammate, Kaleb Thornhill. APEX Academy's purpose it to ENGAGE, EDUCATE, AND EMPOWER student-athletes from under-resourced backgrounds that lack the support or resources needed to properly prepare for and achieve their goals of attending and completing college. The mission of APEX Academy aims to provide under-resourced student-athletes with a wide range of tools necessary for college & career success while closing the achievement gap.
Key is also the co-author of a book titled, "Beyond the Gridiron: How to Successfully Transition into Collegiate Football." The focus of his book is to equip student-athletes with the tools to overcome the academic, mental, physical and social challenges of collegiate athletics to position them for success on and off the field.
Key has a passion for influencing and developing people to defeat life's challenges and break through the negative cycles of hate, crime, sickness, poverty and illiteracy. In his mind it al starts with our youth and that is where his focus tends to be. A devoted Christian, husband and father, Key resides in Portage, MI with his wife and three children.