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Jason Kelce started crying 5 seconds into his NFL retirement announcement, and his brother Travis didn't fare much better

Philadelphia Eagles' Jason Kelce cries during an NFL football press conference announcing his retirement in Philadelphia, Monday, March 4, 2024
  • Jason Kelce announced his retirement from the NFL in a press conference on Monday.

  • The Philadelphia Eagles' center thanked his family and team for their support during his 13-year career.

  • Despite wearing shades, Travis Kelce couldn't hide his emotions during his brother's speech either.

Jason Kelce announced his retirement from the NFL during a press conference on Monday — and he was five seconds into his speech before he started crying.

"Thanks for coming, guys. We'll see how long this lasts," Kelce said, before he was overcome with emotion.

"Not a good start, there we go," he said, after taking a few moments to compose himself, per the video.

Philadelphia Eagles' Jason Kelce holds back tears during an NFL football press conference announcing his retirement in Philadelphia, Monday, March 4, 2024.
Jason Kelce holds back tears while announcing his retirement during an NFL press conference on Monday.AP Photo/Matt Rourke

The Philadelphia Eagles' center delivered a 40-minute speech during the conference, thanking all those around him for their support throughout his 13-year career with the team.

Kelce's wife, his parents, and his younger brother, Travis Kelce, were all in attendance, per ESPN.

Despite wearing shades, the Kansas City Chiefs tight end couldn't hide his emotions during his brother's speech either, photos show.

Travis Kelce, Donna Kelce, Ed Kelce, and Kylie McDevitt Kelce, listens as Jason Kelce announces his retirement at an NFL football press conference.
Travis Kelce, Donna Kelce, Ed Kelce, and Kylie McDevitt Kelce listen as Jason Kelce announces his retirement at an NFL press conference.AP Photo/Matt Rourke

"We have a small family, no cousins, one aunt, one uncle. It was really my brother and I our whole lives," Kelce said. "We did almost everything together — competed, fought, laughed, cried, and learned from each other. We invented games, imagined ourselves as star players of that time."

Kelce added that there was "no chance" he'd be where he is today without the bond he shared with his younger brother.

"It made me stronger, tougher, smarter, and taught me the values of cooperation, loyalty, patience, and understanding," Kelce said. "It's only too poetic that I found my career being fulfilled in the city of brotherly love. I knew that relationship all too well."

Jason Kelce's wife, Kylie McDevitt Kelce, listens to him speak during an NFL football press conference announcing his retirement.
Jason Kelce's wife, Kylie McDevitt Kelce, listens to him speak during an NFL football press conference announcing his retirement.AP Photo/Matt Rourke

During the speech, Kelce also thanked his wife, Kylie, for being by his side.

"Every accolade I have ever received has come with her in my life. She has brought the best out of me through love, devotion, support, honesty, intelligence, and of course, the swift kick in the ass from time to time," Kelce said, per the video. "She has also given me three beautiful girls and a life that increasingly brings me more fulfillment off the field than it does on."

Rumors about Kelce retiring first started swirling in January, following the Eagles' 32-9 wild-card playoff loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

League sources told ESPN then that Kelce had informed his teammates in the postgame locker room about his plans to retire. NFL network's Mike Garafolo also posted the news on X.

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