Typically, when an NFL franchise selects a guy in the sixth round of any given NFL Draft, they aren't doing so with the expectation that he'll be a fixture on the team's roster for 13 seasons. What can we say? If you're the Philadelphia Eagles, sometimes you get lucky. Sometimes, you wind up with a Jason Kelce.
The rest, as they say, is history, one that fortunately is still being written.
A product of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, Jason entered pro football via the 2011 selection meeting having been selected 191st overall. Believe it or not, he wasn't even the first lineman that the Birds selected that year. Raise your hand if you remember former studs like Danny Watkins and Julian Vandervelde.
Kelce's career has become the stuff of legend. His first dozen seasons produced five First-team All-Pro selections (2017–2019, 2021, 2022) and six Pro Bowl nods (2014, 2016, 2019–2022). It may be seem like he'll play forever, but he won't. New accolades are added to his legacy daily, and in Week 6 versus the New York Jets, he'll added yet another.
In Week 6, Jason Kelce will start his 145th consecutive Eagles game and pass franchise legend Jon Runyan in the process.
A new Eagles standard will be established in Week 6. After tying another Eagles great, Jon Runyan, with 144 consecutive starts in Week 5, Jason Kelce will start his 145th consecutive game in Week 6 versus Gang Green in MetLife Stadium. The record will be his and his alone at that point.
It may seem like he'll play forever, but he won't. Just sit back and enjoy the ride. How he's done this for so long is, at times, still a mystery. We're more captivated by his history.
Kelce is as blue-collar as they come, and that's only one of about 600 reasons why he's one of the most beloved Birds that has ever walked. His is a fantastic tale featuring one of the best players to ever don a Birds jersey. Here's the best part. The story is still being written. Chapter 13 is still in progress. Hopefully, it ends with a second ring.