As the final minutes of the clock ticked down in the Eagles wild card loss to the Bucs, center Jason Kelce was seen emotional on the sidelines. The Philly legend was near tears at his locker post-game as he politely rebuffed talking to reporters, and it seemed the writing was on the wall. For a guy who considered retirement the past few years, Kelce finally made the decision to hang up his cleats, per reports.
Six-time All-Pro and future Hall-of-Fame center Jason Kelce told his Eagles’ teammates in Monday night’s postgame locker room that he is in fact retiring, per league sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 16, 2024
The 36-year-old Kelce became visibly emotional at the end of the Eagles’ 32-9 loss to the Buccaneers. He… pic.twitter.com/GofAAlFtUd
The list of achievements for Kelce continued to grow during the 2023 season, with the veteran finishing his 13th season being voted to another Pro Bowl and earning his sixth All-Pro nod.
Kelce revolutionized the center position during his career in Philly, helped bring the city a Super Bowl victory, and delivered one of the most iconic parade speeches of all time. He has embraced everything it means to be an Eagle, on and off the field, and never once thought the expectations by fans was too much.
Having to say goodbye to one of the best players to ever play for the Eagles is going to be tough. He set the franchise record this season for consecutive starts, and that wasn’t because he was free of injuries — he just played through it all in order to be available for his teammates.
There will be many tributes to the legend over the next few days, and probably for months to follow. He deserves every single one.
As we wait to hear from the man himself, let’s hope that even if he isn’t on the field for the Eagles anymore, Kelce stays a part of the Philly community and family he’s helped cultivate.