Jason Kelce

Jason Kelce inspired to speak out about George Floyd after listening to DeSean Jackson

Jason Kelce inspired to speak out about George Floyd after listening to DeSean Jackson

Eagles center Jason Kelce on Monday night was inspired to post about the death of George Floyd and subsequent protests after hearing discussion during the Eagles’ team meeting today. 

In particular, Kelce said he felt an obligation to speak out after hearing DeSean Jackson’s speech to the team. 

Here are Kelce’s full comments: 

Kelce, 32, is one of the longest-tenured players on the team and an established team leader. He does not often post on social media but felt an obligation in the wake of Floyd’s death. 

Kelce was not the only Eagles player moved by the Eagles’ team meeting on Monday. Kicker Jake Elliott also posted about it: 

It’s important during these times for white players to speak up against racism and several white Eagles have done so in the last few days. Most notably, franchise quarterback Carson Wentz spoke out against “institutional racism” on Thursday. 

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Ever wonder series: How exactly did Jason Kelce end up in his famous Mummers suit?

Ever wonder series: How exactly did Jason Kelce end up in his famous Mummers suit?

It’s easy to remember the most epic speech in Philadelphia history — no, not Abraham Lincoln’s Address that took place in Independence Hall back in 1861 — but when Jason Kelce took the entire city by storm on the art museum steps in 2018.

That’s right, no speech will ever top Kelce’s that was held at the finish line of the long-awaited Super Bowl parade down Broad Street. 

Aside from the actual dialogue, there was one other aspect that perfectly captured the essence of the city — his attire. If you’re a true Philadelphian, you’d know the outfit well — but if you were simply a fan from another part of the country tuning in, some eyebrows were probably raised to some extent. 

Kelce wore a classic suit that typically only sees the city streets on New Years Day in the Mummers Parade — a Philadelphia tradition that originated over a century ago in 1901.

But have you ever wondered how the Eagles’ center even got a hold of the suit that has now become an even bigger staple to the city’s history?

Well, let’s dive into it.

Bobby Coyle, a musician and business manager for the Avalon String Band, came to aid Kelce in his search. This was all thanks to Coyle’s wife. Libby, who cuts hair for the Eagles at the Novacare complex, where the team often practices. 

Now, it’s hard to forget the famous look, decked out in all different shades of green as Kelce bicycled through the sea of fans to get to the parade’s end point — but it turns out, the color just happened to be a coincidence. 

“I didn’t get this suit because it was Irish or it was green,” Coyle said. “It was the only suit big enough to fit him.” 

The suit had been in storage from the String Band’s “Ire-land of Leprechauns” performance that dates back to over ten years ago, but it was still in pristine condition. 

According to Coyle, it was love at first site with Kelce and the costume. For someone who wasn’t born in Philadelphia, no one could have manifested the energy of the city and its people better. 

To this day, Kelce, his speech and this costume remain one of the most talked about moments in Philadelphia sports history — and it’s going to remain that way for a long time. It should also go down as one of the best Super Bowl speeches across the NFL, due to the endless amount of passion that was poured into it. 

The suit still remains with Kelce and has only been worn one other time since February 8, 2018. 

If you want to know even more about the famous suit, you can watch the full video above

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Jason Kelce weighs in on Eagles' left tackle situation with Jason Peters and Andre Dillard

Jason Kelce weighs in on Eagles' left tackle situation with Jason Peters and Andre Dillard

Jason Kelce isn’t going to lie. He’d love to play with Jason Peters again. 

That doen’t mean he doesn’t think Andre Dillard can become a pretty good left tackle.  

Kelce talked recently about both Dillard and Peters and what to expect from the Eagles' left tackle position in the 2020 season.

“It is hard to imagine potentially playing without Jason Peters and the personality and the guy that he’s been to this organization,” Kelce said. “But at some point it’s going to be the end for all of us, and I don’t know if that’s this year, I don’t know what’s going to happen. I’d love to play with the guy again, but obviously this is in the hands of people who are making important decisions and cap decisions that are way over my head.”

Peters is a future Hall of Famer that’s been here since Donovan McNabb was leading the Eagles to the playoffs. 

Dillard is the 2019 first-round pick who is supposedly the heir apparent.

Peters, now 38 years old, remains unsigned amid whispers that he could be rejoining the Eagles at some point.

What all of this means for Dillard remains a mystery.

“Obviously, Jason Peters has had an unbelievable career and is the best player I’ve ever played with, so I’d love to play with Jason Peters,” Kelce said. “I think that regardless of who’s out there, we’re in a good situation from an offensive line standpoint. We’ve got great coaches, and I’m fired up to play some football.”

It’s important to remember that Peters wasn’t even an offensive lineman until his second NFL season. He wasn’t a full-time starter until his third. He wasn’t a Pro Bowler until his fifth.

Dillard started three games at left tackle last year and the Eagles went 2-1.

“He had the fortune to learn from a guy that played forever and has every trick in the book in Jason Peters,” Kelce said. “But there’s no way you’re going to get that amount of knowledge, that amount of repertoire this year, next year, the year after that. That takes a lifetime to acquire. That’s something that will constantly be improving as he goes and as he gets reps.”

The Eagles have had a very busy offseason, and the biggest remaining question for Howie Roseman is what to do with Peters.

And that has everything to do with how the Eagles feel about Dillard, the 22nd pick in last year’s draft.

Kelce was honest assessing both Dillard’s strengths and weaknesses.

“Andre’s a guy who’s got incredible physical abilities,” Kelce said. “He’s very quick-twitched, he can move his feet really well, he’s athletic, he’s smart, he’s got a lot of the things that are hard to get if you don’t have them. If there was one weakness to his game last year it was power, and I think he knows that, I think everybody knows that, and that wasn’t even that big of a weakness that we couldn’t go out there and win games with him, because we did at times.”

The Eagles lost 37-10 to the Cowboys in Dallas in Dillard’s first start, but nobody played well in that game.

Then they beat the Bills in Buffalo 31-13 — one of their best wins of the year — and the Bears at the Linc, 22-14, in his third and final start at left tackle. The less we say about his late-season start at right tackle the better.

What Kelce saw in Dillard was a young rookie who needs to get better but has a lot going for him.

Now he gets a whole offseason to … get in the weight room, add some weight, add some muscle, add power,” Kelce said. “He can get better at that, whether it’s from playing with better technique, adding some weight, adding strength, that will all get better. He already has the things that you can’t necessarily get better at. You want to make a guy quicker? It’s hard to do that. You want to make a guy faster? It’s hard to do that. As long as he’s got a big frame — and Andre’s got a frame to add plenty of weight — he’ll be able to correct on those little weaknesses from a year ago, and the other stuff is just more experience.

The way Kelce sees it, the Eagles will have a capable left tackle no matter what happens. 

One who’s already an established superstar or one who’s trying to get there.

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