Philadelphia Eagles center and future Hall of Famer Jason Kelce has told his teammates he is retiring, league sources said. ESPN.
Kelce, considered one of the best centers in NFL history, made the announcement in the locker room after the Eagles' 32-9 wild-card playoff loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported in a post. On that day X.
NBC News reached out to the Eagles and a representative for the 36-year-old Gells for comment, but did not receive responses.
Kelce declined to answer questions about his future in the locker room.
“Not today,” he told reporters who approached his locker NBC Sports.
Kelce, who played through the 2023 season on a one-year deal and is set to become a free agent in March, is the fifth center in NFL history with at least six All-Pro selections. The other four are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
He is considered as one of the most important players Philadelphia's controversial “Dush Bush” plays. Kelce leads QB Jalen Hurts — and their motivated teammates — on their most effective short-yardage plays.
His apparent retirement came after the Eagles dropped six of their last seven games after starting the season 10-1. Last season, the Eagles lost a last-second thriller to the Kansas City Chiefs in the Super Bowl.
Kelce, late in his career, gained a level of fame not usually enjoyed by players who play one of football's most anonymous positions.
Kelce is close to his brother and podcast partner, Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce — who is known as Boyfriend. Taylor Swift.
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