After 13 years in the NFL, it’s over: Jason Kielce officially announced his retirement from football at an emotional press conference on Monday. “Thank you, Philadelphia, from the bottom of my heart,” Kelsey said, her voice cracking. The 36-year-old spent his entire career with the Philadelphia Eagles and won the Super Bowl with the team in 2017.

Kelce, the older brother of Super Bowl champion Travis Kelce, had to interrupt his 45-minute performance several times due to emotion. “It took a lot of hard work and determination to get here,” he continued, “I don’t know what’s next, but I’m looking forward to the new opportunities and opportunities that await me.” He will always carry with him the experiences he had in Philadelphia.

“When I stepped on the field, I felt more alive and free than ever before,” Kelsey said. “Football is a feeling that no other sport can capture. I love football.” The Eagles wrote in X: “All of Philadelphia is crying.”

In addition to his parents and wife, his brother Travis (34 years old), a friend of American music superstar Taylor Swift, came to the press conference from Asia. The three-time Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs also wiped tears from his eyes before hugging his brother.

Jason Kelce won a Super Bowl with the Eagles in 2018.

Jason Kelce has been playing in the NFL since 2011, when the Eagles drafted him in the sixth round with the 191st overall pick. Kelce has played only for the Eagles in his career and was a key player in the franchise’s only Super Bowl victory in 2018 over the incumbent champion New England Patriots (41:33).

“It is difficult to put into words how much Jason Kelce has meant to everyone in this organization, to the city of Philadelphia and to our fans. He gave us everything he had for 13 years and it was really genuine,” Eagles said. boss Jeffrey Lurie. (dpa/kg)


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