Travis Kelce Pays Emotional Tribute to Jason After NFL Retirement: Game ‘Feels Empty’

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce got emotional when talking about the NFL retirement of his brother, longtime Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce, on their podcast this week.

 

Speaking Wednesday on the latest episode of New Heights, presented by Wave Sports + Entertainment, Travis was moved to tears as he showed appreciation for Jason and his career (beginning at the 1:03:00 mark):

 

On Monday, a similarly emotional Jason Kelce announced his retirement, ending his 13-year NFL career in tearful fashion.

 

Originally selected by the Eagles in the sixth round of the 2011 NFL draft out of Cincinnati, Kelce exceeded all expectations, establishing himself as a seven-time Pro Bowler and six-time First Team All-Pro.

 

Kelce, who didn’t miss a single game over his final nine seasons, helped lead the Eagles to their first and only Super Bowl win to conclude the 2017 season, and he made a strong case for himself to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame one day.

 

Travis, who is a nine-time Pro Bowler, four-time First Team All-Pro and three-time Super Bowl champion with the Chiefs, is already a slam dunk Hall of Famer as well.

 

Jason and Travis have had many memorable moments during their careers both apart and separately, but none was bigger than when they faced off in Super Bowl LVII at the end of the 2022 season.

 

In an exciting, back-and-forth affair, Travis’ Chiefs beat Jason’s Eagles 38-35, leading to an emotional embrace between the brothers after the game.

 

This year, the Eagles didn’t go the distance, so Jason was decked out in Chiefs gears and was on hand to cheer on Travis in Kansas City’s overtime Super Bowl win over the San Francisco 49ers.

 

Jason’s retirement means one of the best offensive linemen of his era is now out of the game, but Travis will continue to carry the torch for the Kelce name in the NFL.

 

   

 

 

Gideon Canice

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