Jason Kelce will return to the Philadelphia Eagles next season after ‘much thought’ over his future as he warns: ‘I ain’t f***ing done yet!’
Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce has chosen to play another NFL season just a month after he and his brother, Travis, became the first pair of siblings to face each other in a Super Bowl. Kelce’s decision comes after reports of a potential retirement.
‘I have put much thought into whether it makes sense to play another season,’ the 35-year-old tweeted on Monday. ‘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***ing done yet!’
Last season, Kelce started 17 games during the Eagles’ route to Super Bowl LVII in Arizona. The sixth-round pick of the 2011 draft has played his entire career in Philadelphia and has started every game for the team since the beginning of the 2015 season.
He is 12 games shy from matching David Akers for the most games in Eagles history, although defensive end Brandon Graham could beat him to the franchise record, as he’s played two more games than Kelce and has resigned for next season.
Technically a free agent at the moment, Kelce can’t officially re-join the Eagles until Wednesday when the new league year starts.
Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce, 35, is returning to the team for the 2022-23 season
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Jason (R) seen along his younger brother, 33-year-old tight end Travis, after Super Bowl LVII
Kelce with his wife, Kylie McDevitt, and two of his three daughters — Wyatt and Elliotte
Kelce, a six-time Pro Bowler and five-time All-Pro, won Super Bowl LII with the Eagles in 2018, and nearly came close to winning another ring, if it weren’t for his younger brother and the Kansas City Chiefs.
Other than playing against Travis, this year’s big game saw Kelce face Chiefs coach Andy Reid, who drafted him to Philadelphia nearly 12 years ago.
Kelce has been assessing whether to retire for several seasons now, but has chosen to follow the advice of the late Howard Mudd, his former offensive line coach: ‘When in doubt, don’t.’
The Eagles front office voiced its desire for the veteran to return to the team next season, with head coach Nick Sirianni even having a keg of beer delivered to Kelce’s house shortly after the Super Bowl loss, in hopes that it would push the Cleveland, Ohio, native to want to keep playing.
Speaking to reporters from his locker following Super Bowl LVII, Kelce provided some insight into the things he pondered before making a decision to retire.
‘You try and weigh whether you think, one, you can still do it at a high level, and two, whether you want to do it,’ Kelce said. ‘I think that’s the big thing. It’s a grind. I know that I could still probably come back and perform at a high level or a good level.
‘It’s getting harder every year. I’m nowhere near the player I used to be. Jalen Hurts makes all of us look a lot better and makes my job a lot easier.
‘It’s only going to go [downhill], and whether you can be accountable to your teammates and perform at that level and mentally you have the energy to be the difference maker that I feel I am in that regard, all that stuff will factor in.’
At the start of March, Kelce featured in Travis’ SNL monologue as the Chiefs star joked that his older brother is ‘really happy for me’ after emerging on the winning side of the contest with Kansas City.
Kelce in action during Super Bowl LVII, as he gets set against the Chiefs in the second quarter