Jason Kelce will ‘forever have a special place in my heart’ says Eagles QB Jalen Hurts… as it emerges that the All-Pro center told his teammates that he was RETIRING after the game

  • Jason Kelce told his teammates he was hanging it up after the game ended
  • Philadelphia was eliminated from the playoffs after a loss to Tampa Bay
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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts will snap under a new center next season after Jason Kelce announced his retirement.

As news of the All-Pro center’s departure from the league reached the public on Tuesday, it was revealed that Kelce told his teammates after the game that he was calling it a career.

Speaking to reporters after the game, Hurts had nothing but positivity for Kelce in the aftermath of the team’s 32-9 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

β€œHe’s a legend in this city. Really in the league, I don’t want to do a disservice to him and the things he’s been able to do and overcome,” the quarterback said.

“His journey to where he is now hasn’t been easy, it’s taken him a long time and every year since I’ve been here it’s been ‘Do you want to come back?’

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“But he knows he knows how much I love and appreciate him, he knows how much I learned from him and he will always have a special place in my heart.”

The end of the 36-year-old’s career came amid a stunning defeat to the Bucs, with the Eagles never really looking like their heads were in the game.

Philadelphia was outrebounded 426-276, thanks in part to an anemic offense that gained just 42 yards on 15 carries.

As the clock ticked down on the Eagles’ season, cameras captured an emotional Jason standing on the sidelines watching the end of his career.

Philadelphia went from leading the NFC to a stunning collapse down the stretch that left them losing control of the NFC East and missing the opportunity to host a playoff game at home.

Heading to the lowly Bucs, the Eagles season ended prematurely and will now leave Philly management with a lot of questions a season after they made it to the Super Bowl.

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