So Saddened: Retired Eagles star Jason Kelce looks completely unrecognisable as a rookie…

So Saddened: Retired Eagles star Jason Kelce looks completely unrecognisable as a rookie...


The six-time All-Pro and future Hall of Fame center has finally confirmed the news that he retiring from the NFL.


So Saddened: Retired Eagles star Jason Kelce looks completely unrecognisable as a rookie...
It comes after Philadelphia’s playoff defeat to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Wild Card Weekend.

The older brother of Kansas City Chiefs star Travis is well known for his impressive facial hair, but once upon a time he was a fresh-faced college player trying to make it to the pros.

Before he became an NFL star – likely to go down as one of the greatest in his position ever – Jason grew up in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, before eventually enrolling at the University of Cincinnati, where Travis also played.

The Eagles man initially played as a running back before switching to the offensive line where he played nine games in 2007.

Kelce played left guard as a sophomore for the Bearcats, helping the team make the Orange Bowl in 2008. He finally moved to center for his final year in college as Cincinnati made it to the Sugar Bowl.

Back then, though, Kelce looked almost unrecognisable compared to today.

He was selected in the sixth round by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2011 draft and his NFL headshot from that time shows a baby faced rising star itching to get started.

“It’s not really feasible to have a rough-type beard like that,” he told GQ.

“But I was a rookie in the beard game back then.”

As a pro, Kelce has made six Pro Bowls and has been named First-team All-Pro five times.

He also won Super Bowl LII and made it to last year’s showpiece which he lost to brother Travis and the Chiefs.

“I don’t know how this all happened, but it’s honestly just another day,’ he said.

“My wife tells me all the time I’m the sexiest man in the world, so I’ve been wondering what’s been taking so long for this nomination to happen.

“It’s been a whirlwind; it’s been fun. It’s a win for plus-sized bearded men all over.”

Kelce, 36, was visibly emotional at the end of the Eagles’ 32-9 wild-card playoff game loss to Tampa Bay.

He declined to talk with reporters in the locker room after the game, saying: “No guys, not today,” but a number of sources have confirmed he announced his intention to retire in the Eagles locker room.

Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson told reporters that Kelce had ‘hinted’ to teammates that this would be his final season.

“I love him. He’s one of the best to ever play the game,” Johnson said. “The things he can do on the football field athletically — I don’t think we’ll see another one like him for a long time.”

Kelce is only the fifth center in NFL history with at least six All-Pro selections and is widely tipped to be inducted into the pro football Hall of Fame.