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Eagles C Jason Kelce retires after 13 seasons

A tearful Jason Kelce announced his retirement Monday after 13 seasons as the center for the Philadelphia Eagles.

The six-time All-Pro and seven-time Pro Bowl selection started 205 games for the Eagles, including the postseason.

Drafted in the sixth round (191st overall) in 2011, Kelce became a Super Bowl LII champion and one of the most durable, decorated and respected centers in NFL history — and one of the league’s most passionate players.

He had trouble holding back those emotions from the outset of Monday’s press conference in Philadelphia.

“Not a good start,” said Kelce, who repeatedly fought through tears.

Kelce had not missed a start since Week 8 of the 2014 season, a franchise-record streak of 156 consecutive regular season games. His 193 career regular season starts rank second in Eagles history behind longtime teammate and defensive end Brandon Graham (195).

Kelce blocked for NFL rushing champion LeSean McCoy in 2013. More recently, he was a driving force for the wildly successful “tush push” with quarterback Jalen Hurts in short-yardage and goal-line situations.

Kelce, 36, is the older brother of Kansas City Chiefs star tight end Travis Kelce.

–Field Level Media


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