Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce just took part in the Super Bowl for the second time in his career. There was some thought given to the idea that the six-time Pro Bowl performer would call it quits after a dozen seasons.
After taking some time to make a decision, Kelce announced on Monday that he is in fact returning to the City of Brotherly Love for a 13th season.
“I have put much thought into whether it makes sense to play another season. After talking it over with my wife and many other friends and family, I have decided to return for another year. Thank you to all my supporters and detractors for fueling me, I ain’t f**king done yet!Philadelphia Eagles Jason Kelce on returning for another season
As we noted above, Kelce had been considering retirement. Playing this long in the league is grueling. Now take into the account that he’s started all 176 games in which he’s appearance at center, and that’s magnified further.
Kelce, 35, has to be considered one of the best centers in modern NFL history. The former sixth-round pick out of Cincinnati has earned five All-Pro selections over the past six seasons, proving that he ages like fine wine.
Jason Kelce looking to end career on a high note
It’s clear that Kelce is returning for his 13th season in Philadelphia with one thing in mind. He wants to win that second Super Bowl before calling it quits.
The Eagles were close to accomplishing that feat this past February before the Kansas City Chiefs took them out in Super Bowl LVII. Interestingly enough, Kelce’s mom took center stage in the lead up to the Super Bowl. His brother, Travis, suited up for the champion Chiefs. It made Super Bowl history and brought together the story of the Kelces in a big way.
Jason Kelce really doesn’t have anything else to accomplish in what has been a Hall of Fame-worthy career. It’s all about running it back with the Eagles and seeing if they can get over the hump next season. We give him a ton of credit for that.