Jason Kelce retires: Reflecting on some of the best off-field moments from the Eagles star center


After 13 seasons in the NFL, Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce is retiring. The 36-year-old gave the official announcement during a press conference on Monday, getting emotional as he said goodbye to the only team he ever played for.

On the field, Kelce was one of the greatest to ever play his position. He is a Super Bowl champion, six-time first-team All-Pro and seven-time Pro Bowler. He also holds the franchise record for most consecutive starts (156) and most regular-season games played by an offensive lineman (193).

While he made a major impact when he was playing, he made just as much of an impact off the field. His big personality, interesting outfit choices and inspiring speeches made him one of the most loved Philly athletes of all-time. 

In no particular order, let’s take a look at some of Kelce’s most iconic moments:

The Eagles were fresh off winning Super Bowl LII, defeating the New England Patriots to earn their first Super Bowl win as a franchise. Kelce put on his best outfit, one that needs no introduction, and took the microphone to deliver what became one of the best championship parade speeches of all-time.

For starters, let’s look at his fit before we get into what he actually said that day:

The Eagles played up being the underdogs, and naturally it was a major talking point of the speech. Here is just a snippet:

“We were a bunch of underdogs, and you know what an underdog is? It’s a hungry dog. And [Eagles offensive line coach] Jeff Stoutland has had this in our building for five years, it’s a quote in the O-line room that has stood on the wall for the past five years: ‘Hungry dogs run faster.’ And that’s this team. … Bottom line is: We wanted it more. All the players, all the coaches,” Kelce said. “The front office, [owner] Jeffrey Lurie, everyone wanted it more, and that’s why we’re up here today and that’s why we’re the first Eagles team to hold…

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Author : Shanna McCarriston

Publish date : 2024-03-04 20:41:04

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