Happy, tired Jason Kelce savoring fatherhood ahead of run against Jets

Ed Benkin
October 04, 2019 - 6:59 am
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Jason Kelce could be excused for not getting his rest Wednesday night.

While many of his teammates rested up for Thursday's practice, Kelce and his wife, Kylie, welcomed their first child into the world. Wyatt Elizabeth Kelce became the latest Eagles fan to arrive in the world and the proud papa was happy to trade a good night's sleep for the chance to witness the birth of his daughter.

"Very tired," said a smiling Kelce. "The last two nights have been pretty long. The hospital was great, but the beds aren't anything to write home about. They have little chairs that they give the husbands."

Kylie and Wyatt are both doing well, and the father is now focusing on Sunday's game against the Jets. However, the pressure of everyday life in the NFL has not stopped Kelce's teammates from savoring the moment with the center. It is another example of the close bond shared by the team on and off the field.

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"This has been brewing for a little bit," Kelce said. "Everybody's been asking me how it was going. A football team is like one big family. I've been with a lot of these guys for a long time. There's been a very overwhelming amount of support from the team, from the coaches and players."

It was still back to business for Kelce when he arrived at the NovaCare Complex on Thursday. The Eagles are taking on a Jets squad that is winless in the season, but Kelce and his teammates will hardly take New York lightly. Kelce also knows the Jets have a talented defensive line, which is in the top 10 in the NFL rankings when it comes to stopping the run.

"They play hard," said Kelce. "They're aggressive and they attack. I think they have good players and a great coach, obviously, who's been very successful. They present a number of issues. They do a lot of different things. You've just got to be prepared for all of it." 

Kelce and his fellow linemen dominated last week's game in Green Bay. The Eagles got their running game going, and many are hoping the team continues to focus on the rushing attack in the coming weeks. Kelce was glad to be a part of a dominant ground game but insists the Eagles will take what defenses give them each week.

"We try to stay balanced each week," Kelce said. "We ran the ball really, really well in Green Bay. Hopefully, we can do that every single week. Hopefully, we can get to a more balanced game plan, but you're always just trying to take advantage of what's available."

And when Kelce takes the field against the Jets, it will be the first time he plays a game as a father.

"I'm excited and nervous about the process," said Kelce. "I'm sure it will be a learning experience. I'll just go with the flow."