Despite all of these accomplishments, Philadelphia’s starting center has NEVER made the annual NFL Top 100 list. That is, until now.
NFL players finally voted Kelce on to the list. He finished at No. 72 overall this year. You can [click here] to watch the video that originally aired on NFL Network.
Here’s a look at what Kelce’s peers had to say:
Cleveland Browns offensive guard Joel Bitonio
“Kelce’s a little bit [of a] smaller guy, but he uses angles, he uses athleticism. It’s pretty impressive stuff.”
New Orleans Saints offensive guard Marshall Newhouse
“Anytime you see him pull, you’re like, ‘Alright, I’ve got to watch Jason Kelce.’ He’s cutting guys, he’s running 20-30 yards, which people don’t know a lot for doing, and making it look easy. I mean, he’s back to his old fullback days.
Former Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Mike Daniels
(Imitating Kelce running) ‘Going downfield … get out the way, get out the way.’ I saw that guy go stride-for-stride blocking down field for Darren Sproles. Darren Sproles is extremely fast. If I was coaching [the Eagles], I’d run that play two times. Like, I’ve had called it, stopped the play, and called it again in the middle of the play, just to see those guys run. […] All he can do is run, right? That’s what most people would think. [6-4, 323 pound Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle] Linval Joseph is the largest human being I’ve ever seen in my life. He’s like a mountain and his arms come down to like his knees. Very scary. And for Jason to block a guy like that, he’s got very, very deceptive strength. And he’s fighting his tail off right there. And so I have a lot of respect for Jason. He’s an awesome player, definitely one of the better centers in the league.
Former Philadelphia Eagles running back Jay Ajayi
So you’ve got Kelce running, we’ve got this outside play. The quickness that he pulls with is unrivaled. Look at those first two steps that he made, just so quick, boom. Just out of there. Gets the first guy, driving his ass to the sideline. Uhn. Take him out of there. It’s nasty, bro. That’s Kelce.
It’s way overdue but it’s nice to see Kelce finally getting some well-earned recognition and respect. The fact that it’s taken this long for Kelce to make the NFL Top 100 shows you just how seriously the list should be taken.
On that note, Carson Wentz was unveiled at No. 96 earlier this week after being No. 3 last year.