Jason Kelce Told Teammates He is Retiring

Jason Kelce Told Teammates He is Retiring



January 16th, 2024

The Philadelphia Eagles lost more than just a wild-card playoff game on Monday night - they lost a franchise legend. Star center Jason Kelce reportedly informed his teammates in the postgame locker room that he is retiring, bringing an end to a 13-year career that cemented his place among the greatest Eagles and centers in NFL history.

Kelce's impact on the Eagles cannot be overstated. Drafted in the sixth round in 2011, he played his entire career in Philadelphia, becoming a key leader for a team that reached six postseason appearances and two Super Bowls in the past seven years. His fiery passion, infectious energy, and unwavering dedication to the city endeared him to fans and teammates alike, earning him the moniker "The Kelc God."

Retirement rumors swirled around Kelce in recent seasons, but this time, it appears the decision is final. The 36-year-old, visibly emotional after the Eagles' 32-9 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, declined to speak with reporters, simply stating, "No guys, not today."

His legacy, however, speaks volumes. A six-time All-Pro, Kelce joins an elite group of centers - Jim Otto, Bulldog Turner, Dermontti Dawson, and Jim Ringo - with at least six selections, all of whom are enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Kelce's talent on the field was undeniable, but it was his leadership, toughness, and unwavering spirit that truly set him apart.

"He's a legend in the city -- really in the league," said Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts. "His journey to where he is now didn't come easy... He'll forever have a special place in my heart."

Right tackle Lane Johnson echoed the sentiment, calling Kelce "one of the best to ever play the game." The memories of Kelce's iconic pre-game flip, his passionate speeches, and his relentless play on the field will forever be etched in the hearts of Eagles fans.

Jason Kelce's retirement marks the end of an era in Philadelphia, but his impact on the city and the Eagles will be felt for years to come. He leaves behind a legacy of excellence, leadership, and unwavering passion, inspiring generations of athletes and fans alike.

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