Travis Kelce fights back tears during Jason Kelce’s emotional retirement speech

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Waterworks have been pouring out of eyes in Philadelphia on Monday, as Eagles veteran center Jason Kelce formally introduced his retirement from the NFL after 13 seasons. 

It wasn’t simply Kelce with streams of water down his face throughout his press convention both. His youthful brother, Kansas Metropolis Chiefs tight finish Travis Kelce, was within the entrance row getting emotional as properly. 

Travis, sporting a pair of black sun shades, couldn’t hold his feelings beneath the shades. Eliot Shorr-Parks of caught video of him wiping his eyes in addition to their mom, Donna, teary-eyed subsequent to him. 


Travis Kelce of the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs celebrates together with his brother Jason Kelce after a 17-10 victory towards the Ravens within the AFC Championship Sport at M&T Financial institution Stadium on Jan. 28, 2024, in Baltimore. (Rob Carr/Getty Pictures)

Jason talked about Travis throughout his speech, reflecting on the second he heard the Chiefs drafted him. 


“And my brother receiving the decision and him being drafted by the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs,” Jason mentioned as he and Travis each received emotional. “This time, the tears down each my father and I’s face as my brother realized his personal [dream].”

In fact, their father, Ed Kelce, and Jason’s spouse, Kylie, have been additionally current with many others because the All-Professional heart fought again his feelings whereas making a 45-minute speech on the podium. There have been instances Jason needed to completely regroup, as he couldn’t assist however cry on this bittersweet second. 


As brothers do, Jason and Travis constantly supported each other, although they weren’t on the identical staff. That was even the case in Tremendous Bowl LVII when the Eagles and Chiefs performed towards one another. 

When Jason completed his speech, he walked off the stage and instantly gave an enormous bear hug to Travis earlier than doing the identical with every member of his household. 

It goes with out saying the impression Jason has had on the Philadelphia group on and off the sector. The accolades of seven Professional Bowls and 6 All-Professional nods to associate with a Tremendous Bowl title in the course of the 2017 marketing campaign has him pegged for the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame at some point. 

Travis Kelce and Jason Kelce at a Sixers game

Travis Kelce and Jason Kelce watch the Jap Convention Semifinals between the Boston Celtics and the 76ers at Wells Fargo Middle on Could 11, 2023, in Philadelphia. (Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Pictures)

He’s additionally been giving again to his group since becoming a member of the Eagles as a sixth-round decide within the 2011 Draft, whether or not it’s via his work with the Eagles Autism Basis or his (Be)Philly Basis. 

“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 a press release. “He gave every thing he needed to all of us for 13 years, and he did it in a approach that was actually genuine. Jason was an unimaginable soccer participant; a future Corridor of Famer who would have been profitable anyplace. However has there ever been a extra excellent marriage between a participant, a metropolis and a staff?

“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 heart in a lockout season to thriving beneath 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 eagerness and depth that he poured into every thing he did, each on and off the sector, made a metropolis fall in love.”

As for Travis, there’s been no indication that he will name it quits anytime quickly, particularly after the Chiefs defeated the San Francisco 49ers to win back-to-back Tremendous Bowls. He did admit that the considered retirement had entered his thoughts previously, however he is not dwelling on it fairly like Jason. 

Jason and Travis Kelce embrace

Jason Kelce of the Philadelphia Eagles speaks with Travis Kelce of the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs after Tremendous Bowl LVII at State Farm Stadium on Feb. 12, 2023 in Glendale, Arizona. (Cooper Neill/Getty Pictures)


Jason’s contributions to the Eagles and the sport as a complete during the last 13 years will probably be remembered. 

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