Jason Kelce downplays retirement talk following loss to Tampa Bay Buccaneers

 January 19, 2024

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce has received considerable attention for his romance with pop superstar Taylor Swift.

However, this week it was brother Jason Kelce who was in the spotlight as questions swirled over his possible retirement. 

ESPN contributor points to sources who say Kelce is done

According to The Hill, speculation concerning the Philadelphia Eagles center's future grew following a recent "tough loss" for his team against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Podcast host and ESPN contributor Adam Schefter announced in a social media post on Tuesday that Kelce is looking to finish up his career.

"Six-time All-Pro and future Hall-of-Fame center Jason Kelce told his Eagles’ teammates in Monday night’s postgame locker room that he is in fact retiring, per league sources," Schefter wrote.

Kelce downplays retirement talk on podcast

"The 36-year-old Kelce became visibly emotional at the end of the Eagles’ 32-9 loss to the Buccaneers," Schefter continued.

The journalist went on to state that Kelce "has considered retiring after other recent seasons, but this time is said to be real and happening."

However, The Hill noted that Kelce downplayed talk that his retirement is imminent during an episode of the podcast he co-hosts with his brother.

"(Head Coach) Nick (Sirianni) gave me an opportunity to talk but I didn’t announce what I was doing on purpose despite, I guess, what’s been leaked to the media," Jason said of his remarks following the game.

NFL star says he was emotional following loss

"I just don’t think you’re in a position after a game like that to really make that decision," he continued, adding, "There’s too much emotion in the moment to really fully grasp that decision."

Jason stressed that when the time for him to go comes, "it'll be done in a way that’s definitive and pays respect to a lot of people and individuals that have meant a lot to me and has led to the career I’ve had."

"I don’t think that it would be respectful or even accurate to be able to do that right after a game like that," he continued.

"A lot of guys were like 'if that is your last game, I feel sorry for you,' and I’m like, 'don’t feel sorry for me," the NFL star concluded.

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