Philadelphia Eagles All-Pro Center Jason Kelce Retiring

It's the end of an era for the Philadelphia Eagles. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, six-time All-Pro center Jason Kelce informed teammates following Monday's 32-9 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that he intends to retire. It was easy to see Kelce was going through something in the latter portion of last night's Wildcard loss. He appeared emotionally overwhelmed in the closing moments and lingered with Eagles fans following the game's conclusion.

Kelce is as high-profile an interior offensive lineman as the NFL has seen in a long time and a sure-fire Hall of Famer. A leader and star for the Eagles since joining the team as a sixth-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, he manned the middle for an at-times dominant Eagles offensive line that won a Super Bowl following the 2017 season, made another one just last year, and paved the way for four top-five finishes in points scored from 2013 to 2022. 

Kelce may be leaving the game that made him a legend, but we've certainly not seen the last of him. Between him and his brother, nine-time Pro Bowl tight end and fellow future Hall of Famer Travis Kelce, the Kelce brand has never been hotter. The pair have already begun to establish a mini media empire for themselves, including a podcast (New Heights) and a feature-length documentary (Kelce). At this rate, their football careers may end up little more than launchpads to total worldwide pop culture domination.
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