There’s no longer an argument. Jason Kelce‘s permanent residency in the hearts of Philadelphia Eagles fans was a certainty long ago. So was his standing as a franchise legend. He’s simply been adding to a resume that will most certainly land him in Canton, Ohio when his playing days are over.
If you’d like to construct an argument to the contrary, we’d be willing to listen. Something tells us that we won’t agree with any of the findings though. Games pass. So do the years, and the hits just keep on coming for the legend. During Week 12 on Sunday Night Football, Number 62 added another milestone to his ever-growing Hall-of-Fame resume, one that we may have glossed over.
No other Eagles lineman has played more games than Jason Kelce.
It’s hard to believe that, in 2011, the Philadelphia Eagles drafted two offensive linemen and seven players total before selecting Jason Kelce 191st overall in Round 6. Get a load of some of these names:
- Danny Watkins, guard
- Jaiquawn Jarrett, safety
- Curtis Marsh, cornerback
- Casey Matthews, linebacker
- Alex Henery, kicker
- Dion Lewis, running back
- Julian Vandervelde, guard
If you need further evidence that the NFL Draft isn’t an exact science, there it is. Here we are, many moons later, and the man that was once described as being undersized has now played more games for the Eagles than any other lineman in franchise history
Read it and weep haters. The tally now stands at 170 games and counting. Not bad for a sixth-rounder huh?
Here are a few more of his accomplishments.
- Seven-Time Pro Bowler (2014, 2016, 2019–2021)
- Four-Time First-Team All-Pro (2017–2019, 2021)
- Super Bowl Champion
Jason cut his teeth collegiately at a college football program that we, at one time, didn’t look at as being one of the NFL’s farm systems, the one belonging to the Cincinnati Bearcats. Then again, maybe that was all the evidence that we needed to know that he’d be special.
The Bearcats have been kind to the Eagles. After all, Philadelphia found both Trent Cole and Brent Celek there, so yeah… Maybe Jason was destined to be a franchise legend.
He and Brian Dawkins rank at the top of a list that houses the names of the most beloved Birds in franchise history. He’s the author of the greatest speech in the history of victory parades, but he’s more than that. Jason Kelce is a Philadelphia sports icon.