Jason Kelce is the man

If you know me, you know that I am the type of guy to admire other guys. When a man is a gender defining man – meaning that they’re so amazing that they lift the entire gender of man to a whole new level of respect, that is what grabs my attention. Jason Kelce is the man I’m talking about. Yes, I’m going to glaze Jason Kelce, like NBA Twitter glazes Lebron. I hate Lebron but I love Kelce. By the way, I also hate the Philadelphia Eagles, the football team that Jason Kelce plays for, but I digress. For context Jason Kelce is an American football player. He also happens to play the position of center, which is probably a top 3 undervalued position in all of football, yet he’s able to not only become the best at his position (I would say in the history of the game) but he’s also the most popular player on one of the most polarizing teams in the NFL.

At the time of writing this article, Kelce has retired from the NFL after 13 years, 7 Pro Bowls, 6 All Pros, and 1 Superbowl. He is going out with a first ballot Hall of Fame career. This article could be about how he used a disadvantage in his smaller than average frame to beat opposing defenders. This article could be about how he was able to pull, wrap, kick out and block in space from the center position – a position where many teams do not allow those actions to be performed from as it is tremendously difficult. We could talk about how good of a player he is but that’s redundant. He’s in the NFL – he’s supposed to be good.

It’s his character off the field, his good relationship with the press, his love for the community he represents, his commitment to his teammates and family, and his work for the neurodivergent population in Philadelphia that is what sets him apart from the average NFL football player. I always believed that when you have all those resources afforded to you, it would be nice if you could give back. He’s someone who I feel would be successful with whatever he did in life. He’s all this but he’s incredibly humble. Wearing t-shirts and jeans to games, with flip flops – when many of his other teammates and peers around the league are wearing jewelry, designer clothes, and gimmicky outfits. If there was anyone that would be allowed to be flashy in front of the cameras, it would be him.

I think it’s his humility, hard work, and commitment to his craft and the people around him that I really respect. It’s hard to say that anyone who gets drafted to play in the NFL is an underdog but he was someone who was undersized and not from a particularly big school. No one really expected him to be the player that he became. He’s someone who flourished due to having a good personality and having people around him that wanted him to succeed, therefore investing time and effort into him. I want to be like that. I want to be someone that is reliable and who inspires belief. Wouldn’t that be the greatest quality? To inspire change not just in yourself but with the people you encounter? Maybe I’m just a little too naive but I’d hate to be any other way.

But that’s just his character. He loves his family, he loves the city of Philadelphia, and he loves what he has been able to do for his community. He plays one of the most thankless position in football but he never says anything about it. On that Eagles roster, there are Hall of Fame quality players all around, playing positions that are more exciting – yet people want to cheer for him, even though he’s a Philadelphia Eagle, a team that I (and many others) despise. I’ve never read any member of press or fan who has interacted with him that had anything but good things to say. I think Jason Kelce is not just a Hall of Fame football player but a Hall of Fame person. And even if I hate watched the Eagles with him, I know that I’m going to hate the Eagles a lot more now with him being retired.

I wish nothing but for Jason Kelce to have a terrific life post football.

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