Will Saturday be the last game for Jason Kelce at Lincoln Financial Field?
Jason Kelce has had an amazing year. He has continued his iron man streak of 121 consecutive starts, the most for any interior lineman currently playing and has been named to yet another Pro Bowl. He’s given more inspirational speeches in a season than most guys have given throughout their career.
That makes it all the more painful to ask the question: Is this going to be Jason Kelce’s last game at the Linc?
This might seem like a particularly morbid question to ask. Who wants to think that this could be our last chance to watch Philly’s favorite Mummer sprint onto the field in South Philly? But we have to ask.
With the Eagles having secured a wild card spot, they’ll be on the road for the entirety of their playoff run. Meaning, if Kelce decides to retire this year, the last chance for a send off would be this Saturday against the Cowboys.
Before you get mad at us here for stirring the pot take a look at what he has said himself that makes this a valid question.
What has he said in the past that can give us clues about what to expect? Last year he went on Chris Long’s podcast “The Green Light” and the topic of retirement came up.
When asked what he worried about he gave a one word answer: “Retirement.”
That’s not shocking. When you consider the physical toll being an offensive linemen must take on your body. He’s 34 years old so it isn’t like he’s a young kid that can just bounce back from injuries anymore.
Of course things have changed since the end of last season when he was on that podcast. We just watched him zip down the field out in front of Miles Sanders a few weeks ago. He seems to be playing better than ever. It’s hard to believe somebody playing at such a high level could walk away.
I would like to think that if he were seriously considering retirement he’d give us a chance to give him a legendary send off. Maybe bring out the guy that ate the horse poop to say a few words? I don’t know. It would just feel hollow if a guy responsible for so many legendary moments didn’t get a party on his last home game.
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