It's no secret that Philadelphia Eagles All-Pro center Jason Kelce is a popular figure in Philadelphia. But, just how popular is he? Well, according to his teammate, defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, he's popular enough to become mayor of the city, if he wanted to.
"I think he could probably run for the mayor of Philly right now and he'd probably get voted right in, Cox said of Kelce while speaking with the media in Las Vegas ahead of Super Bowl 58. "That's what he means to that city. He could run for the mayor tomorrow, today, it doesn't matter. On any day that ends in 'y,' I promise you, he'll probably get elected mayor."
Cox has spent the entirety of his career to this point playing alongside Kelce in Philadelphia, and he pointed to the star center's respect for the game as a major contributor to both his success and popularity.
"Kelce just means so much," Cox said. "I've been with him my 12 years playing in Philly, and the biggest thing about him is the way he respects the game. We both respect the game. We both try to play the game the right way, and that's going out and just giving it your all."
Fletcher Cox discusses his mortality as questions about his future with the Eagles persist.
In addition to touting his teammate, Cox also touched on his own future in the NFL. There has been some swirling speculation that Cox could call it a career, but the six-time Pro Bowler isn't ready to make any final decisions quiet yet.
"I'm just taking it day-by-day," Cox said of his future. "No decisions have been made for me. I'm just taking to day-by-day and wherever it falls, it falls. ... Definitely happy to be playing in Philly. This year was definitely fun."
It's pretty clear that both Cox and Kelce have at least flirted with the idea of retirement, but neither appears ready to commit at this early point in the offseason. After long, productive careers, both players have earned the right to take their time regarding the decision. In the meantime, Eagles fans will just have to hope that both guys will be back in midnight green next season.
Fletcher Cox spoke on behalf of Tide.