Jason Kelcey retires from NFL after 13 seasons;  Travis Kelce and family break down in tears during an emotional announcement

Jason Kelcey retires from NFL after 13 seasons; Travis Kelce and family break down in tears during an emotional announcement

Jason Kelce is retiring from the NFL after 13 years as a center for the Philadelphia Eagles.

At a press conference attended by his brother Travis, mother Donna and father Ed, Jason broke the news that thrilled the entire Kelce family.

Jason took to the stage to share the news and began emotionally, breaking down in tears, saying: “Not a good start.”

During the press conference, Kelce recalled what drew him to the sport that led to his 2018 Super Bowl win.

“I’ve been asked many times why I chose football – what drew me to the game – and I’ve never really found the right answer,” Jason said during his emotional statement. “The best way I can explain it is what draws you to your favorite song…your favorite book. It makes you feel. The seriousness of it. Its intensity.

He continued: “Stepping onto the pitch was the most alive and free I’ve ever felt. There was a visceral feel to football unlike any sport. The hairs on my arms stood on end. I could punch someone, run around like a crazy lunatic, and then be told, “Good job.” I love football.”

Jason played his entire NFL career with the Eagles and took a moment to acknowledge the city of Philadelphia.

“Thirteen seasons in Philadelphia and I look back on a career filled with ups and downs,” he said.
Nobody celebrates theirs like the city of Philadelphia. Athletes become demigods in this town, even those whose deeds span decades before… You’ll be loved by going above and beyond to show you care because [the fans] care They have been caring for generations.”

In a statement, Philadelphia Eagles Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie said, “Jason was an incredible football player; a future Hall of Famer who would be successful anywhere. But has there ever been a more perfect marriage between player, city and team?’

Lurie continued, “Jason gave of himself for others, played through injuries and never wavered through all the ups and downs of our seasons and his personal career. He’s a man of many talents – he could drink beer with fans at the tailgate, he could sing on a Christmas album and raise millions for charity, or he could talk X’s and O’s all day with coaches and teammates. Then after all that, he could do things on the football field that no other offensive lineman was capable of doing.

Scroll through the photos below of the Kelce family reacting to the announcement of Jason’s retirement from the NFL.

Travis Kelce #87 of the Kansas City Chiefs reacts during his brother Jason’s retirement from the NFL

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Donna Kells, mother of Jason Kells, reacts during the announcement of his retirement from the NFL

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Ed Kells, father of Jason Kells of the Philadelphia Eagles, reacts during Jason’s retirement from the NFL

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Jason Kelce #62 of the Philadelphia Eagles announces his retirement from the NFL

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Travis Kelce #87 of the Kansas City Chiefs reacts during the announcement of his brother Jason’s retirement from the NFL

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Jason Kelce #62 of the Philadelphia Eagles announces his retirement from the NFL

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