Rumors that he is leaving the NFL, Jason Kelce said he’s not being dramatic

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In his podcast, “New Heights,” the center for the Philadelphia Eagles discusses his future plans.
Jason Kelce continues to consider his alternatives. The renowned 36-year-old center for the Philadelphia Eagles, a six-time All Pro selection, Super Bowl champion, and potential Hall of Famer, is reportedly planning to retire from the NFL. Jason is commenting on the claim on Wednesday’s edition of his New Heights podcast.

As he co-hosts the program with his brother, tight end Travis Kelce of the Kansas City Chiefs, Jason says, “I don’t know what next year’s gonna look like.” “I didn’t announce what I was doing on purpose, despite I guess what’s been leaked to the media.”

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His team’s postseason journey ended on Monday when they lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the wild card round. Jason was observed getting quite emotional during the game and stifling his emotions. Jason told his teammates he was retiring on Monday in the locker room after the game, according to an ESPN story.

Jason acknowledges on New Heights that “people can kind of feel body language and stuff,” adding that he was delaying making a definitive choice about his future until this week’s Eagles season-ending departure interviews.

“After a game like that, I simply don’t believe you’re in a position to truly make that decision. I simply don’t,” he says. “To truly understand that choice, there is too much going on and too much emotion in the present. I’m not attempting to drag things out in a theatrical manner. Actually, I’m not”. Simply said, “I believe that when the time comes to formally reveal what’s going to happen in the future, it will be done in a way that honors many of the people and things that have meant a great deal to me and helped shape my career. Furthermore, I don’t think it would be appropriate or even respectful to be allowed to do so immediately following a game like that.”

Jason acknowledges that he was “frustrated” with how his team’s 2023–2024 season ultimately went down and that he did speak with his teammates following their last game.

“I did address the team and pretty much said the same thing that I just said to you,” he continues. Which is just to say, ‘I have faith in each and every one of you. Treasure the time you have left in this league.”

He goes on, “I feel bad for you if it is your final game, a lot of folks stated. ‘Don’t feel sorry for me, motherf**ker,’ I’m saying. I had a f**king incident.”

The sportsman loses focus and becomes emotional, taking a few deep breaths and fighting back tears. While Jason gathers himself, Travis also cries out, “Hell yeah, brother,” offering his support.

“Either way, I just truly appreciated everybody in that room,” he continues. “There was definitely a lot of emotion in that room, in my opinion. Thus, as of right now, I have no idea what the future holds for anyone residing in that building. We’re about to enter, I suppose, the last stretch.”

After being selected by the Eagles in the sixth round of the 2011 NFL Draft, Jason began his career as a starter for the organization. He is now considered by many to be among the greatest NFL centers of all time.

Jason was chosen for his eighth appearance in the Pro Bowl skills competition, so fans will get to watch him on the field once again next month. Travis, 34, has also been chosen to compete in the esteemed competition for the tenth time in a row. Pro Bowl Games in Orlando, Florida from February 1 to February 4 will be televised on ESPN and ABC.