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Published on March 04, 2024
Philadelphia Eagles' Jason Kelce to Reveal Future Plans at Press Conference Amid Retirement SpeculationSource: All-Pro Reels, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Philadelphia Eagles' beloved center Jason Kelce is setting the stage for an announcement that could mark the end of his storied career with the team. Kelce has called a press conference for this Monday afternoon, prompting speculation among fans and sports pundits that he's ready to hang up his cleats for good.

"No keg videos this year, I have come to a decision and will address it at a press conference this afternoon," Kelce said in a post on X, as reported by FOX 29. The press conference is slated for 1 p.m. at the Eagles NovaCare Complex.

Kelce's potential retirement doesn't come as a complete shock. The seasoned center had previously hinted at his departure from the gridiron following the Eagles' playoff loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in January. He mentioned on his "New Heights" podcast, hosted alongside his brother Travis, that emotions were running too high post-game to make such a consequential decision. According to a 6abc report, Kelce said, "I just don't think you're in a position after a game like that to really make that decision. There's too much emotion in the moment."

A sixth-round pick of the 2011 NFL Draft out of the University of Cincinnati, Kelce became a staple in Philadelphia, lauded for his on-field genius and off-field endeavors, which ranged from releasing two Christmas albums to a gutsy, heart-on-sleeve rant during the Eagles' 2018 Super Bowl parade. His dedication to the city was immortalized in the Prime Video documentary "Kelce," which aired last September. Kelce has seven Pro Bowls and six All-Pro selections to his name, including both in 2023, as CBS News Philadelphia highlighted.

The possibility of an Eagles team without Kelce is one fans are loathe to envision. Known as a leader through four head coaching regimes, his influence in the locker room and clout among the fanbase is undisputed. The city is bracing for what could be a heart-wrenching farewell or perhaps another round of rabble-rousing passion from one of Philadelphia's most ardent sports figures.