Okay, here’s a serious question. What happens if Jason Kelce retires?
Here’s something personal and heartfelt. I never thought I’d ever see anyone come through the Philadelphia Eagles organization that I love as much as I loved Brian Dawkins. As of right now, Dawk and all of his many nicknames (The Wolverine, Weapon X) still stands head and shoulders above any Eagle that I ever saw play, but Jason Kelce continues to change my stance on that.
The gap between my affinity for Dawk and the man that has anchored the offensive line since 2011 continues to grow thin. It isn’t as broad as it once was.
Today, there’s no longer a question of who’s number one and number two. Dawk and Kelce are now number 1 and 1A. With each passing day, I have visions of them both standing on the top level of an Olympic podium with matching gold medals.
I’ve watched both of their careers in their entireties. It’s hard to think of two guys that played harder, cared as much, or gave more.
Geoffrey Chaucer said it best though. ‘All good things must come to an end’. As hard as it was to watch Brian Dawkins run out of a tunnel in a Denver Broncos jersey, it will be equally as difficult to cope with the fact that Jason Kelce has decided to hang his cleats up.
Might that be this season? Let’s hope it isn’t, but if this offseason does, indeed, include an announcement about his retirement, Philadelphia will have some huge shoes to fill. Here are a few ideas on where they can go next if happens.