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Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce reportedly tells his teammates he is retiring

Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce reportedly tells his teammates he is retiring
Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce reportedly tells his teammates he is retiring

Philadelphia Eagles center and future Hall of Famer Jason Kelce told his teammates he is retiring, league sources told ESPN.

Kelce, considered one of the best centers in NFL history, reportedly made the announcement in the locker room after the Eagles’ 32-9 wild-card playoff loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday, said Adam Schefter of ESPN in a post on X.

Mike Garafolo of Associated Press and NFL Network also reported the news.

NBC News reached out to the Eagles and a representative for Kelce, 36, for comment but did not receive responses.

Kelce refused to answer questions about his future in the locker room.

“Not today,” he told reporters approaching his locker, according to NBC Sports.

Kelce, who played the 2023 season on a one-year contract and will become a free agent in March, is the fifth center in NFL history with at least six All-Pro selections. The other four are all in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

He is considered one of the key players in the controversial “tush push” plays in Philadelphia. Kelce leads the way for QB Jalen Hurts – and their pushing teammates – on Philadelphia’s highly effective short-yardage plays.

His apparent retirement comes 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 achieved a level of fame late in his career not normally enjoyed by those playing one of football’s most anonymous positions.

He was named one of People magazine’s Sexiest Men Alive and was a successful advertising figure with products such as Campbell’s Soup and Tide laundry detergent.

Kelce is also closely linked to his brother and podcast partner, Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce – better known as Taylor Swift’s boyfriend.

The native of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, has strongly aligned himself with the culture of Philadelphia and is one of Brotherly Love’s most popular athletes.

Days after winning the 2018 Super Bowl, Kelce donned a ‘Mummers’ costume for the victory parade. Outlandish Mummers getups are a beloved tradition of Philadelphia celebrations.