Philadelphia Eagles legend Jason Kelce deserves HOF consideration
The Philadelphia Eagles‘ way of building a franchise has been in the trenches for a long time. Whether that is the defensive line or offensive line, the Eagles have always spent large amounts of capital in both, especially their offensive line.
The Birds have had one of the better offensive lines in the league (minus last year) for the past few seasons and possibly even beyond. The strength of that offensive line has come from All-Pro center Jason Kelce. The former sixth-round pick and current four-time pro-bowler has done nothing but defy the odds his entire career.
Obviously, Kelce will always be a hero in this city, especially after his Super Bowl speech. With the unofficial mayor of Philadelphia’s career winding down, it becomes a real question if his legacy will ever be replaced. Kelce had been the one consistent on this offensive line since his career debut back in 2011. The trustworthy center has not missed a game start since 2015 and was a huge reason for the Eagles’ offensive line even having a chance last season.
There’s no longer a reason to debate over this Philadelphia Eagles legend.
So, the question still remains. Is Jason Kelce a Hall of Famer? Is the Eagles’ trustworthy center made an impact enough in his career? To answer that, we will take a look at the current centers in the Hall of Fame, which is not many. After a shortlist, former Miami Dolphins center Dwight Stephenson comes to the closest.
Stephenson and Kelce share similar traits. Both of them are smaller in size, but both made up for it with their athletism. Stephenson, who was inducted in 1998, was a 5x Pro-Bowler and a 4x All-Pro. Kelce currently has been to 4 Pro-Bowls and has made the All-Pro team list three times. So it would be safe to say that Kelce, depending on this season, is one Pro Bowl appearance from being in serious consideration.
It is also safe to say, if not a guarantee, that Kelce will be inducting into the Eagles Hall of Fame fairly quickly post his pending retirement. A strong argument can be made that he belongs in the Hall of Fame, and for Philly fans, hopefully, it happens.