2 Philadelphia Eagles starters earn NFL All-Pro designations

Jason Kelce #62, Lane Johnson #65, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Jason Kelce #62, Lane Johnson #65, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

Whenever the NFL’s season reaches this point of the calendar year, the narratives often shift from conversations about individual accomplishments like which Philadelphia Eagles made the Pro Bowl, the guys that we believed got snubbed, and who should win league MVP when we look around the rest of pro football’s landscape to discussions that are more team-focused.

Does Philadelphia have a shot in the playoffs? What needs to be done in free agency or the next draft to put them on par with teams in a position to make a real Super Bowl run? Why is Howie Roseman still this team’s general manager?

Sorry, everyone! It’s hard not to throw that last one in there whenever humanly possible.

Every team that still has a football game to play this week (and the two teams that sit idle on byes) have goals that are team-oriented, but individual accomplishments are also a part of the deal, and every chance any fan base gets to shout its own guys out, who are we kidding?

That alone can put a smile on one’s face for a few hours.

Philadelphia Eagles linemen Lane Johnson and Jason Kelce earn All-Pro honors.

A little over 24 hours ahead of the Philadelphia Eagles’ fifth-ever playoff clash with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, First-Team and Second-Team All-Pros were announced, and two Birds, center Jason Kelce and right tackle Lane Johnson found their way onto the roster.

Take a look:

Now, this is more like it! Lane was snubbed for the Pro Bowl, but at least they got it right here… sort of. Arguments can be made for his inclusion on the First team, but we won’t complain too much.

He’s a three-time Pro Bowler (2017–2019) that previously earned a First-Team All-Pro Award in 2017. He’s also a member of Pro Football Focus’ 2010’s All-Decade Team and has earned First-Team All-Pro honors (2014) and Second-Team All-Pro honors (2021) with them as well.

In all honesty, we should be mentioning him as a future Pro Football Hall of Famer more often than we do. He’s had that kind of career.

Jason Kelce’s addition to the First Team is a no-brainer. He’s the best in the biz. He’d fit any team’s roster (thank goodness he’s one of the good guys), and he’s made five Pro Bowls (2014, 2016, 2019–2021).

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This is his fourth First-Team All-Pro designation. The other three came in three straight seasons from 2017 to 2019. Hmmm. What the heck happened last year?

Kelce’s place in Canton, Ohio is all but assured. He’s only adding to his Hall-of-Fame legacy now. Gosh, we hope he returns next season. We’re going to miss him when he’s gone.