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Jason Kelce tearily announces NFL retirement after 13 years with Eagles – National [Video]

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It’s an emotional day to be a Philadelphia Eagles fan.

During a press conference on Monday, the Eagles’ star centre Jason Kelce announced he would be retiring from the NFL after 13 seasons.

Kelce, 36, was visibly emotional even before making the announcement at Philadelphia’s NovaCare Complex, often sobbing as he tried to compose himself. It took Kelce over a minute to begin reading a pre-prepared statement from his cellphone.

In his 45-minute speech, Kelce reflected on his football career, his family and what will inevitably become his widely celebrated legacy in the sport.

“I’ve been asked many times why did I choose football — what drew me to the game — and I never have an answer that gets it right,” Kelce reflected through tears.

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He said his love for football is the same as what draws someone to their favourite song or book.

“It’s what it makes you feel. The seriousness of it. …

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