Jason Kelce is reportedly retiring from the NFL after his team’s shock playoff defeat.
The Philadelphia Eagles’ center allegedly addressed his teammates about his retirement from football while they were in the locked room at Raymond James Stadium following their 32-9 defeat against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
As NFL insider Adam Schefter confirmed, the center, who is a father-of-three, “told his Eagles teammates he’s RETIRING in the locker room after playoff defeat by Tampa Bay.”
Kelce previously considered retirement last year, whereas his struggle to reach a decision was documented in an Amazon Prime documentary.
Despite leaning on both sides, Jason eventually signed a one-season contract with the Eagles that would see him become a free agent at the end. Now, however, it seems that Kelce is ready to walk away from the field for the final time, a decision he reached while overcome by emotions caused by his team’s loss to the Buccaneers.
On Friday, just days before his Monday night game, Kelce spoke to his fans and suggested his future in the NFL was yet to be decided.
“I think it’s been natural the last three seasons for that for me. Whenever you’re older in your career, you never know when that’s going to be,” he said.
“I try to remind guys and my dad has told me this from the moment I started playing football – you step off the curb one day and that could be the end of your career.”
He continued: “So you try to approach every game with that mindset, but obviously the closer and the older you get to that being a realization, puts it out in front maybe a little bit more.
“But obviously that’s not the main thing. The main thing is going out there and battling with each of the guys in this locker room.”
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