More often than not, especially among casual NFL fans, it’s the quarterback that gets all of the glory. People that don’t watch football even tend to know who the quarterback of the team playing in their city is, but in the City of Brotherly Love, things work a little differently. There’s an argument that can be made that the most popular player on the Philadelphia Eagles roster is its center, Jason Kelce.
Heck, some may even state that Kelce is right on par with Brian Dawkins for being one of the two most beloved players to ever don a Birds jersey. The reasons are obvious.
Kelce and Dawkins weren’t just easy to like. They delivered time and time again every time they stepped on a football field to do battle with the enemy. They played the game like their lives depended on it.
If you want to earn the respect of Eagles fans, that’s how it’s done. Kelce is nearing the end of his career, and he might be the best player in the game at his position. It’s easy to make that argument when so many trusted voices are saying the same thing.
Jason Kelce takes up residence on the PFWA All-Pro Team.
We mentioned quarterbacks earlier and the star power they carry. They’re like pitchers in the sense that they’re the only players that have win-loss records attached to their names, but Jason Kelce has become a bit of a star in his own right. He’s done it by rolling up his sleeves and going to work as one of Philadelphia’s true blue-collar workers.
As the NFL season nears its conclusion, he’s now been added to the Pro Football Writers of America’s All-Pro Team. Take a look.
Let’s do some inventory. That’s now four First-team All-Pro nods by the Associated Press (2017–2019, 2021) and five Pro Bowl nods (2014, 2016, 2019–2021). He was the anchor of an Eagles offensive line that won the 2017 Built Ford Tough Offensive Line of the Year Award on the eve of the Super Bowl. He’s also a Super Bowl Champion.
Here’s the one that probably means the most to the author of the greatest speech in the history of victory parades. He’s a shoo-in for the Eagles Hall of Fame.
That will be just one step in the journey before his life after football leads him to Canton, Ohio and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Let’s just hope that the next chapter isn’t written until at least the end of Philadelphia’s 2022-2023 football season. There’s plenty of tread left on Jason Kelce’s tires, and everyone’s hoping he’s back for another run in the midnight green.