Eagles’ Jason Kelce Announces Retirement After 13 NFL Seasons; Won Super Bowl 52

After disputing a previous report about his future in the NFL, Jason Kelce has officially announced his retirement after 13 seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles.

 

Kelce made his announcement Monday during an emotional press conference that saw him attempt to read a prepared speech, but stopped several times because he began to cry.

 

In the aftermath of Philadelphia’s 32-9 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC Wild Card Game on Jan. 15, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Kelce told teammates in the locker room he was retiring.

 

 

Despite the confusion leading up to this moment, it isn’t a big surprise that Kelce arrived at this decision. He openly talked about the possibility of this being his final season as recently as October.

 

There were rumblings after the Eagles’ loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl 57 last year that he might walk away from the NFL.

 

“I’m not saying that yet,” Kelce said when asked about retirement during his postgame press conference after that Super Bowl. “We’ll see.”

 

With the Eagles expected to contend for the Super Bowl again during the 2023 season, Kelce elected to return for a 13th season and signed a one-year deal with the club.

 

It looked like Philadelphia was going to be a juggernaut once again after starting the season 10-1 through 11 games. Things took a dramatic turn from that point, as the reigning NFC champs lost five of their final six regular-season games.

 

The Eagles were unable to get out of that downward spiral in their playoff game against the Bucs, leading to many questions about the future of the organization.

 

Kelce has been an instrumental part of Philadelphia’s success from the moment he was drafted in the sixth round in 2011. He started all 205 games he played in the regular season and playoffs.

 

The 36-year-old has been named to the All-Pro first team six times in the past seven seasons. Aaron Donald (eight) and Zack Martin (seven) are the only active players with more All-Pro first-team selections.

 

Kelce was a member of the Eagles team that defeated the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 52 to win the first Lombardi Trophy in franchise history.

 

   

 

 

Gideon Canice

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