Chiefs TE Travis Kelce claims his brother Jason ‘still got some football in him’ amid retirement rumors

The Kansas City Chiefs, led by formidable tight end Travis Kelce, have witnessed a turbulent season this year. However, they have already advanced to their postseason journey. After smashing Tyreek Hill and Tua Tagovailoa’s mighty Miami Dolphins in the wildcard playoff match, the defending champion made sure to aim for the coveted Super Bowl title this season as well.

Travis and Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes are slated to play against the Buffalo Bills in the divisional round of the playoff. Ahead of the match, the tight end decided to shed light on his brother and the Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce’s retirement rumor.

Travis Kelce discusses Jason’s retirement rumors

Travis Kelce addressed recent retirement rumors surrounding Jason Kelce by refuting reports that his brother had informed teammates of his departure. Speaking at a press conference on Friday, the Chiefs star dismissed the speculation and hinted that Jason might continue playing.

“It came out that he retired and he didn’t really say any of that. The end of that game, I think everyone kind of felt for him knowing that he has been thinking about it a lot over the past couple years”, he said.

The Alpine F1 owner highlighted a documentary that showcased Jason’s journey. He said that the clip provided a comprehensive perspective without the need for further inquiries about his brother’s illustrious career.

“The documentary shows that. You don’t need to go around and ask anybody. It’s been cool to see everybody appreciate who he’s been over the years this past week.”

As of now, neither Kelce has specified a timeline for when Jason, a six-time All-Pro center, intends to make an official announcement regarding his future plans. ESPN’s Adam Schefter had previously reported that Jason had informed teammates about his retirement after the playoff loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Despite the uncertainties about his future, the Philly star’s remarkable career achievements are noteworthy. Heading into the regular season finale, he was on the verge of achieving his eighth consecutive season with over 1,000 yards. As a two-time Super Bowl champion, the football prodigy is already anticipated to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer when eligible.

Jason Kelce addresses retirement speculations

After the Eagles’ disheartening 32-9 postseason loss to the Bucs, Jason Kelce’s emotional reaction fueled retirement speculations. The center’s tearful demeanor raised questions about his future in the league, but he chose to address these rumors on the recent episode of his podcast, “New Heights.”

“I don’t know what next year’s gonna look like. I didn’t announce what I was doing on purpose, despite I guess what’s been leaked to the media”, Jason said via USA Today.

Reflecting on the post-game emotions, the Eagles star expressed the difficulty of making such a significant decision in the immediate aftermath of a devastating defeat.

“I just don’t think you’re in a position after a game like that to really make that decision. I just don’t. There’s too much emotion in the moment, there’s too much going down in the moment to really fully grasp that decision. I’m not trying to be dramatic and continue to draw this thing out.”

The Eagles recent struggles of losing six of their last seven games likely added complexity to Kelce’s contemplation. Addressing the timing of a potential retirement announcement, he highlighted the need for a definitive decision that pays respect to those who have played a significant role in his career.

“It’s just something that I think, when it’s time to officially announce what’s happening in the future, it’ll be done in a way that’s definitive and pays respect to a lot of people and individuals that have meant a lot to me and what has led to the career I’ve had..And, you know, I don’t think that it would be respectful or even accurate to be able to do that right after a game like that.”

Jason had previously hinted at retirement following the Eagles’ loss in Super Bowl 57. Despite contemplating retirement at the end of the 2022 season, he opted for a one-year deal with the franchise later.


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