jason kelce
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  • Faith: Christian
  • Career: Athlete
  • Birthday:  November 05, 1987

Jason Kelce is a center for the Philadelphia Eagles and the elder brother of Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce. The Eagles selected him in the sixth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He played college football for the Cincinnati Bearcats. Kelce is a six-time Pro Bowl selection, a five-time first-team All-Pro Selection and a Super Bowl champion. He’s often regarded as one of the greatest centers in NFL history. Outside of football, Kelce hosts a podcast called “New Heights” with his brother, where the two discuss their playing careers and other topics.

Kelce was born and grew up in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. He attended Cleveland Heights High School, where he played both linebacker and running back and was twice named All-Lake Erie League. At Cleveland Heights, he played baritone saxophone in the jazz and symphonic bands. A former walk-on running back, Kelce switched to fullback and then to the offensive line after redshirting his freshman year at the University of Cincinnati, seeing action at center and guard in nine games in 2007 as the Bearcats went 10-3, defeating Southern Mississippi at the PapaJohns.com Bowl.

In 2008, as a sophomore, Kelce made 13 starts at left guard as part of the offensive line that also included future NFL linemen Trevor Canfield and Jeff Linkenback, which helped the UC offense average 27.3 points and 375.3 yards of total offense per game. The Bearcats went 11-3 overall, were Big East Champions, and played in the FedEx Orange Bowl, where the Bearcats fell to Virginia Tech 20-7. In 2008, his brother, Travis, started playing alongside him at Cincinnati. The Philadelphia Eagles selected Kelce in the sixth round of the 2011 NFL Draft, but he couldn’t sign a contract until the NFL lockout was lifted.

Kelce eventually signed a four-year contract. In 2017, Kelce started in all 16 games and had his best season as a pro. He was selected as a First-team All-Pro and was the highest-rated offensive lineman by PFF. That same year, he won Super Bowl LII with the Eagles, defeating the New England Patriots 41-33. He and the Eagles appeared in Super Bowl LVII against the Kansas City Chiefs. His brother, Travis, played for the Chiefs, making it the first Super Bowl to feature two brothers on opposing teams as players. Jason and the Eagles lost to Travis and the Chiefs 38-35. After considering retirement, Kelce re-signed with the Eagles on a one-year contract on March 15, 2023.

In January 2024, retirement rumors began to swirl again after reporters asked Kelce if he’s given retirement from the NFL more thought as the win-or-you're-out playoffs begin, and the Eagles center didn’t shut down the idea. “Whenever you're older in your career, you never know when that's gonna be,” Kelce admitted, speaking openly about the potential end of his NFL career in an interview shared by NBC Sports Philadelphia.

What religion is Jason Kelce?

Kelce is a Christian. He’s been spotted wearing a cross necklace and making the sign of the cross during games. He’s openly expressed his gratitude to God for his blessings and achievements. After clinching a spot in the Super Bowl, he said in an interview, “I’m just so thankful to God for this opportunity. I’m so thankful to my family, my wife, my parents, my brother, everybody who’s supported me throughout this journey.”

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