Eagles’ Jason Kelce announces retirement from NFL

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Jason Kelce tried to maintain it collectively, however as quickly as he stepped to the desk and sat right down to announce he was going to retire from the NFL after 13 seasons, he started to sob.

The Philadelphia Eagles mainstay introduced his retirement in entrance of his brother, Travis, his mom, Donna, father, Ed, his spouse, Kylie and head coach Nick Sirianni and a handful of others on Monday. The middle formally ended hypothesis over whether or not he would give it a go for at the least yet one more season.


Jason Kelce, #62 of the Philadelphia Eagles, appears to be like on after an NFL wild-card playoff soccer recreation towards the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on Jan. 15, 2024 in Tampa, Florida. (Kevin Sabitus/Getty Photos)

Kelce was an important a part of the Eagles getting over the hump and profitable a Tremendous Bowl in the course of the 2017 season. He turned a Philadelphia hero when he dressed up as a Mummer in the course of the championship parade within the metropolis and gave an epic speech that followers would always remember.

The seven-time Professional Bowler and six-time All-Professional choice recalled a number of moments from his time at Cincinnati to getting drafted to watching his brother go to the NFL. He recalled unforgettable moments with Sirianni Andy Reid, Chip Kelly and Doug Pederson’s tenures as he frolicked with every of them throughout his profession.


Jason Kelce at Pro Bowl

Jason Kelce, #62, and Jalen Hurts, #1 of the Philadelphia Eagles and NFC, speak in the course of the 2024 NFL Professional Bowl at Tenting World Stadium on Feb. 4, 2024 in Orlando, Florida. (James Gilbert/Getty Photos)

Preliminary rumors of his retirement got here after the Eagles misplaced to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers within the NFC Wild Card spherical. He was visibly emotional after the sport.

“Though final season really sucked, I wouldn’t commerce my group with you or these groups for the world,” Kelce mentioned. “All the things occurs for a cause. And I really loved my time with you coach. Typically, the flowers get knocked again a bit however the roots stay. And I can’t wait to look at because it re-blossoms subsequent season.”

He performed in 193 video games in his NFL profession, the second most in group historical past. He made 156 consecutive begins – a franchise file.

“It’s troublesome to place into phrases how a lot Jason Kelce has meant to everybody on this group, to the Metropolis of Philadelphia, and to our followers,” Eagles chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie mentioned in an announcement. “He gave the whole lot he needed to all of us for 13 years, and he did it in a manner that was really genuine. Jason was an unimaginable soccer participant; a future Corridor of Famer who would have been profitable wherever. However has there ever been a extra excellent marriage between a participant, a metropolis, and a group?

Jason Kelce warms up

Jason Kelce #62 of the Philadelphia Eagles warms up earlier than the sport towards the Arizona Cardinals at Lincoln Monetary Subject on December 31, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Photos)

“His grit and dedication, from being a walk-on linebacker at Cincinnati to an undersized sixth-round decide in 2011, are unparalleled. His intelligence and flexibility, from beginning as a rookie middle in a lockout season to thriving below a number of coaches and offensive schemes, set him aside from others at his place. The real love and care he confirmed his coaches, teammates, and employees endeared him to all he labored alongside. The fervour and depth that he poured into the whole lot he did, each on and off the sector, made a metropolis fall in love.

“Jason gave of himself for others, performed by means of accidents, and by no means wavered by means of all of the ups and downs of our seasons and his personal private profession. He’s a person of many abilities – he may chug beers with followers at a tailgate, he may sing in a Christmas album and lift tens of millions for charity, or he may speak X’s and O’s all day with coaches and teammates. Then in spite of everything of that, he may do issues out on the soccer subject that no different offensive linemen are able to doing. If you happen to speak to anybody within the group about what Jason has meant to them, they’d all give you one thing totally different. That could be a testomony to who he’s as an individual and the way a lot he cares about connecting with others.

Jason Kelce and Jalen Hurts

Jalen Hurts #1 and Jason Kelce #62 of the Philadelphia Eagles look on towards the San Francisco 49ers at Lincoln Monetary Subject on December 3, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Mitchell Leff/Getty Photos)

“However even for the tens of millions of followers who by no means had the privilege of assembly Jason, he had such a deep understanding and real appreciation for what was essential to them. Nothing exemplified that higher than his Tremendous Bowl Parade speech that delivered to the floor the feelings that so many people had been holding inside for years. At the moment is a bittersweet day, as a result of whereas it’s arduous to think about the Eagles taking the sector with out Jason Kelce in uniform, we’re additionally excited to have fun his profession and help him as his journey continues. Though Jason is retiring from the NFL, I’ve little question that he’ll proceed to achieve success in the whole lot he does, and his affect on our group and this metropolis will reverberate for a few years to come back.

“On a private stage, it has been a pleasure watching Jason’s profession and attending to know him and his household. He and Kylie have devoted themselves to so many nice causes, and I’m particularly grateful for the work they’ve accomplished and proceed to do with the Eagles Autism Basis. We want all the most effective for Jason, Kylie, and their three great daughters as they start the following chapter collectively.


Jason and Kylie Kelce at Amazon premiere

Jason Kelce and Kylie Kelce attend Thursday Night time Soccer Presents The World Premiere of “Kelce” on Sept. 8, 2023 in Philadelphia. (Lisa Lake/Getty Photos for Prime Video)

Kelce hosts the “New Heights” podcast together with his brother. He has three youngsters together with his spouse, Kylie.

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