TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 15: Jason Kelce #62 of the Philadelphia Eagles hugs head coach Nick Sirianni during the fourth quarter of an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on January 15, 2024 in Tampa, Florida.
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An All-Time Eagles Legend Is Retiring

After an incredible run with one franchise, Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce is retiring at 36 years old.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported via X that Kelce informed his teammates he will be retiring following Monday night's loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC wild card round.

Kelce spent his entire 13-year NFL career with the Eagles. During that span, the legendary center was a Super Bowl champion, six-time first-team All-Pro, and a seven-time Pro Bowler. Given his impressive resume and larger-than-life personality, Kelce will almost certainly be a first-ballot Hall of Famer.

As time run out in Philadelphia's disappointing 32-9 loss to Tampa Bay, Kelce was shown visibly emotional on the sideline. The reaction was likely due to Kelce knowing that he would be retiring once the season was over.

The Eagles will now have another tough decision to make this offseason in order to replace one of the greatest centers in NFL history. Along with his ability and accolades, Kelce was largely responsible for the team's success with the "tush push", allowing quarterback Jalen Hurts to consistently get first downs on short-yardage situations.

Along with finding Kelce's replacements, the Eagles may also be considering what to do with head coach Nick Sirianni. After a 10-1 start, the Eagles fell apart over the final stretch of the season, losing six of their last seven games. There is speculation that Sirianni could be on the hot seat, but a decision will likely be made on his future in the coming days.

As for Kelce, the longtime Eagles center will likely continue exploring media opportunities, especially given the success of his "New Heights" podcast with his brother Travis Kelce. There will be plenty of opportunities for Jason after football, but Eagles fans will be spending the next few days celebrating one of the most beloved Philadelphia athletes of the last few decades.

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