Jan 19, 2024 - Sports

Petitions pour in for Eagles' Jason Kelce amid retirement reports

The Eagles' Jason Kelce in a Mummers costume during the Birds' Super Bowl parade in 2018.

Fans want a statue of this iconic Jason Kelce look. Photo: Jeremy Drey/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images

A group of Eagles fans have started a movement to honor center Jason Kelce after reports broke of his impending retirement.

Driving the news: Change.org received so many petitions about Kelce that it created a landing page for them, a love hub of sorts for Eagles fans to reminisce on his career and pray that he'll run it back for one more season.

What they're saying: Jessica Flatt, a lifelong Birds fan, wrote that Kelce was a "symbol of unity" in her petition urging the Eagles to put up a statue of the All-Pro center at the Linc.

  • She tells Axios that she met Kelce after the Eagles' Super Bowl win in 2018 while hostessing at the First Watch restaurant in Wynnewood. Kelce's wife, Kylie, snapped a photo of the two because Flatt was too short to take a selfie.
  • Her favorite memory is of Kelce decked out in the green Mummers outfit giving a profanity-laced stump speech as his voice gave out atop the steps of the Art Museum.
  • "He said what everyone else was thinking," Flatt says. "He's the heart and soul of the Eagles."

Zoom in: Chris Aldrich, a 51-year-old insurance adjuster from Toms River, New Jersey, wants the Eagles to retire Kelce's number — an honor bestowed upon only a handful of franchise greats.

The bottom line: Fans hope Kelce returns to football one day. One radical idea, Aldrich says, is to fire head coach Nick Sirianni and replace him with the retiring Kelce.

  • "I would love to see that," he says. "He's not in it to be the spectacle. He's in it to get the job done."
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