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Jason Kelce has officially called it a career.

The Philadelphia Eagles center held an emotional retirement press conference Monday, confirming what many outlets had reported after the team’s final game in January.

During a 30-minute speech, Kelce fought back tears.

“I will always cherish this brotherhood, the relationships they fostered and how unique an experience it has been to enjoy the field with you all,” Kelce said.

He also said it is fitting he played in the “City of Brotherly Love,” given his close relationship with his brother, Kansas City Chiefs star Travis Kelce.

The 13-year veteran is going out in his prime, after earning first-team All-Pro honors for the sixth time this season. He’s made seven Pro Bowls and anchored the Eagles offensive line that helped the team win a Super Bowl and become one of the dominant NFC forces in recent years.

“The greatest to ever do it,” the Eagles noted in an X/Twitter post, throwing in a little GOAT emoji. “Congratulations on an incredible NFL career, Jason Kelce.”

Beyond just his football skills, Kelce became a beloved figure in Philadelphia, known for his colorful behavior. Kelce’s many fun exploits included his bare-chested appearance at a Chiefs playoff game this year.

The press conference was truly an emotional experience for Kelce, teammates and others.

A few Eagles fans outside the event celebrated in the most Jason Kelce way possible, by bringing a keg.

Kelce has reportedly already talked with several networks about an NFL broadcasting job.

There’s plenty of time to talk about his future later. Monday was about celebrating his playing career, and the NFL world had plenty to say.

[Philadelphia Eagles]

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