At first, I didn't know why I did this, but shortly after the curtain was drawn on the Philadelphia Eagles season, my night (or in this case, the early part of my morning) followed a familiar routine. I rewatched Philly's most recent game. I didn't know why I was doing so. After all, who would subject themselves to that type of punishment, right? But, after listening to the ESPN call, I noticed something, several captures of Jason Kelce on the sideline.
First came the shots of him feeling the pain of a deflating loss. I didn't think much of it at first. Then came the embrace with Jeff Stoutlland. That's when I started to get a little nervous. It was then that I scanned social media and saw the long trip to the locker room and the shots of him in tears.
That's when it hit me. Oh boy! Jason Kelce may have played his final game as an Eagle... For real this time.
Tuesday morning brought the announcement from ESPN's Adam Schefter. The G.O.A.T. may have played his final game.
We knew this day would come. Deep down we knew Jason Kelce wouldn't play forever, even if it seemed like he could if he wanted to. But dang man... Jason Kelce is actually retiring, and though it's common sense that no man will play forever, nothing prepares you for something like this.
Jason Kelce appears to be hanging it up, but Eagles fans have nothing to weep about.
At the time this story was released, he hadn't announced anything yet, but if this is Jason's swan song, he leaves the nest as one of the best to ever rock the midnight green and as the greatest sixth-round selection the franchise has ever seen. He and Brian Dawkins run neck and neck as the most beloved Eagles of all time.
The author of the greatest speech in the history of victory parades (Seriously. Can you name one that was better?), it's hard to believe Philly drafted three offensive linemen in their 2011 class before settling on a seven-time Pro Bowler with the 191st draft choice of that year's selection meeting. He has since gone on to set a franchise record for consecutive starts while being named a six-time First-Team All-Pro, and we're certain the Pro Football Hall of Fame will come calling.
Don't shed any tears, or try not to at least. I have already failed at that, but something tells me we'll see and hear from him often.
94 WIP-FM will come calling more than likely, and for as long as he lives, he may never have to pay for a meal or a beer in the City of Brotherly Love again. There's no doubt in my mind he'll treat himself to a cold one now and then.
Thank you for everything Jason! It's been one hell of a ride! It's hard to come up with the words to express how much we appreciate you, but we'll certainly do so at some point.