Jason Kelce steals the show at Eagles parade

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Philadelphia came out en masse to celebrate the Eagles’ first Super Bowl title at Thursday’s parade and it’s hard to imagine that too many people’s lasting memory of the event won’t include center Jason Kelce.

Kelce dressed like a reveler in the annual New Year’s Mummers parade and spent part of the day walking the route to lead fans in rounds of “no one likes us, we don’t care.” He also borrowed a bike from a police officer and rode another portion of the route before taking the stage at the Philadelphia Museum of Art for a speech that was riddled with expletives and resonated with the crowd.

Kelce followed up on the underdog theme that played a big part in the Eagles’ playoff run and ran through a long list of Eagles who lived up to that profile. He referenced Chip Kelly pushing top personnel exec Howie Roseman aside and said Roseman returned two years ago “with a purpose, a drive to make this possible.” He noted former NFL exec and, per Kelce, “clown” Mike Lombardi calling Doug Pederson the least qualified head coach in the league and then ran through knocks delivered to just about every player on the Eagles roster before saying that being underdogs made the Eagles “hungry dogs.”

Hungry dogs run faster,” Kelce said to loud cheers. “Bottom line is we wanted it more.”

Kelce closed by including Philadelphia fans in the group of underdogs and left a final message of “f— ’em” to those who doubted the Eagles this season.

The whole thing is well worth a watch, although it’s likely best done away from the office and any impressionable young ears. Tight end Zach Ertz took the stage next and posed a question many others were likely asking when he pondered how he was supposed to go on after that performance.

67 responses to “Jason Kelce steals the show at Eagles parade

  1. A lot of lofty promises made about the future on the steps of the art museum steps today

  2. Millwall FC would be proud of Kelce as their “Firm” has been chanting “No one likes us we don’t care” for ages now.

  3. Hopefully the Philthydelphia football team will resume its rightful place in doing nothing – their arrogance and sense of entitlement is wearing very thin.

  4. Everything he did and said was so Philly. except the Millwall chant, but the Philadelphia Union stole it and since then it’s been bleeding into the Eagles bit by bit. Now I think it got locked.

  5. Great message for the kids. He is the chase Utley of this parade. Classless. And we wonder why this is a town of dopes.

  6. Sounds like BS to me. If they truly “don’t care” that noone likes them, why bring it up in the first place? Why make it a rallying cry? If it doesn’t matter, it should have no affect/effect on you what so ever. Philly fans, most of them anyway, are disgusting and instead of rectifying their behavior, embrace it in an obviously faux way.

  7. They played their hearts out and earned the victory. If that’s how he wants to celebrate that’s his right.

  8. I’m guessing most Philly fans loved it but I would be embarrassed if a player used that kind of language in front of such a diverse group of people. Probably spoiled the whole thing for people who brought their kids.

  9. Hope there weren’t any kids listening to that. To have just won an historic victory and then resentfully complain about disrespect in profane terms sounds like really poor role-model material.

  10. Kelce is a stud. He was a force in the superbowl. Definitely stood out to me. Great speech and he is right!

  11. youbettercallsaul says:

    February 8, 2018 at 3:24 pm
    Millwall FC would be proud of Kelce as their “Firm” has been chanting “No one likes us we don’t care” for ages now.

    ___________

    Only difference is that Kelce and his team play a real sport.

  12. This is what we as Eagles fans have been waiting for since forever, and Jason Kelce embodies everything that our team, and city is all about. We don’t care what other people think about our fan base, so all the national media, and the outsiders can bitch and whine about Philly fans this, Philly fans that, and do the same lazy old stories about snowballs at Santa, and all that crap, but like Kelce said WE DON’T CARE, and that’s a more polite way than he said it

  13. elmerbrownelmerbrown says:

    February 8, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    A lot of lofty promises made about the future on the steps of the art museum steps today

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    Nothing excessive, but you mean like at every other sports championship parade since the very first one? Breaking news! Your troll game is definitely in off-season mode.

    The World Champion Philadelphia Eagles.

  14. The 2017 NFL season started and ended at the same spot.

    Thank you Jason Jelce! I will remember that forever

  15. @elmerbrown Instead of getting angry and dropping F bombs in a response to you, I’ll take a higher road. So my question to you is, what do you want them to stay? “Hey, guys, but sorry next season we will suck.” It’s a parade, and they’re enjoying the moment. I didn’t hear anyone guarantee success next year. But stating their intent to compete and create a culture of winning is the same thing that they are saying in Cleveland as they are in Philly. And honestly, they have a greater ability to impact what happens next season than you trolling the board here. But, hey, you be you and keep on being a troll (just like Eagles fans can also be trolls), and I’ll step back and enjoy this and know that as this season proved, the Giants have as much of a chance as the Eagles and it’s best to sit back and enjoy than play armchair like Mike Lomardi.

  16. Toward the end of Kelce’s specch, when he decided to become profane, I was reminded of an old saying my Dad often used: “just because you can doesn’t mean you should”.

  17. Pretty sure, along with Pederson, blount, foles, kelce was another guy Philly fans abused and wanted out of town. He was too small to play center. Isn’t that what the smartest fan base said. And why do we say world champions of football, when no one outside of the US really cares that much about it except a few small pockets here and there.

  18. @kevpft And if a kid heard an F bomb, what would happen? Seriously, please tell me what would happen? Would society collapse? Our president said grab ’em by the p-word, but that didn’t stop people from voting from him. Does hearing the F word automatically turn them into a criminals? You don’t think that kids hear that word from their friends or older siblings? This isn’t the 1918 and a delicate society. I think the kids will survive

  19. I will say this…kudos to the Eagles on a great, gritty win and a tremendous season in the face of losing your great starting QB. I recognize no one believed in you but I do think it is time to get over the chip on the shoulder. You not only won the game, you were #1 NFC seed. Who cares what Lombardi said? Think he is out of football, and quite frankly all the pundits have an opinion that is more like throwing darts at a board. You won. Time to get some Philly swagger.

    It’s time to walk like you’ve been here before – because now, you have.

    Well deserved Eagles. Best game I have seen in a while.

  20. Actually the best Championship speech ever was from Jonny Gomes when the Royals won the World Series a couple of years ago. And he did it without using profanity.

  21. @peester15 Jason is nothing like his brother. I would suggest that you read the Sports Illustrated article about Travis where he as much as admits that when Reid picked him in the draft it was with the understanding that Jason would make sure that he behaved himself. If the extent of your exposure is what Jason said on the Art Museum steps, I would suggest that you watch his post-Super Bowl interview where he talked from the heart about persevering. Instead of just making blanket assertions, know your facts ahead of time.

  22. elmerbrownelmerbrown says:
    February 8, 2018 at 3:21 pm
    A lot of lofty promises made about the future on the steps of the art museum steps today

    Elmer, it warms my heart to know we both saw the need to watch and enjoy Philadelphia’s victory parade.

    In other news, my wife a steadfast Dallas fan (Poser, I say), is now shopping Kelce Jerseys.

  23. Greatest NFL Draft Weekend of all-time to Greatest Super Bowl Parade/Celebration of all-time. In between, one of the best seasons in NFL history. The Eagles organization has proven that it is THE GOLD STANDARD, not just of the NFL, but all of sports. What team would you rather be a fan of right now – anywhere? There’s not a single one.

  24. Dude I live with in a stones throw of the Rocky Steps had my 4 X Super Bowl Champions Shirt on today waving to the jubilant iggles fans from my front step ,,it’s all good trust me !

  25. Iam not uncomfortable with the confidence by Doug going forward at all ,,would not want it any other way so don’t you be !

  26. @mattcro0172

    Ahh, yes, the woulda, coulda, shoulda argument. But the Pats were supposed to crush the lowly Eagles because he Belichick is the GOAT of coaching. So how can he be the greatest and an idiot at the same time? What proof do you have that playing Butler would have changed the outcome of the game? It’s all conjecture. So lay off the gift BS and just accept that there was a legit reason that the Eagles had the best record in the league along with the Pats. Otherwise, you sound like a lazy whiner.

  27. The best part is that when referring to those that doubted, includes 80% of philly fans when Wentz went down. There were even articles written by philly writers saying, essentially, when the pats win the super bowl the eagles fans will be left wondering what could have been with a healthy Wentz”. Classic. Now all of a sudden it is “we all believed, no one thought we could do it, but we ALL believed”. No, you all didn’t. And that’s fine. It was realistic to doubt when Wentz went down. But stop acting like there was never any doubt

  28. Hilarious to see fans of other teams nearly faint over some profane language in a parade while they’d be cool with having an axe murderer on their team as long as the guy was good enough.

  29. Tight end Zach Ertz took the stage next and posed a question many others were likely asking when he pondered how he was supposed to go on after that performance.

    This made me laugh. Well said.

  30. I’ve tried to explain to people I know about Philly, why we care so much, how we LOVE our team and its players and how permanent it all is…

    If it didn’t fall on deaf ears it fell on ignorant ears, or even worse: jealous ears.

    And then I realized I cannot EXPLAIN it to them, it’s a Philly thing.
    It’s that simple.
    And I’m glad now that most of you don’t understand… just makes me love this team and its fans all the more.

  31. This behavior is mistaken for class in Philadelphia. Six Super Bowls in the other end of the state is where the class resides. Same goes for the Stanley Cup class, which also resides in The ‘Burgh!

  32. Kelce spoke from the heart, and spoke the truth! Best speech, and best SB celebration I’ve seen yet, that was so well organized and orchestrated! Tough act to follow…time for cheese steaks and hoagies all around. Philly Philly!

  33. Go get the shine box and dust those old trophies. We are fine with our 1 new shiny trophy for now. P.S. If you have to tell someone you have class you have no idea what it is.

  34. mattcro0172 says:
    February 8, 2018 at 4:26 pm

    This was probably a 45 – 24 Pats thrashing of the Eagles had coach Belichick put aside his ego and put his best team on the field. Enjoy the gift.
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    Oh, you mean like Seattle “gifted” NE by calling the worst play from the 1 yard line that would have sealed their victory over NE? Or how Atlanta, rather than kicking a FG to go up 2 scores late in the 4th quarter, which resulted in a tie in the end of that SB, gifting NE it’s 2nd SB in 3 years? Without those 2 gifted SB’s, combined with this latest SB loss NE would be, should be, 3-5 in SB’s and not have a SB victory in 14 years. Enjoy your gifted SB’s NE! Philly Philly!

  35. Patriot nation is happy that Eagle Nation had a good day. They earned it. Congratulations and looking forward to seeing you guys again next year.

  36. If you’re an Eagles fan, the profane speech is acceptable, cool, and excusable. If you’re like the rest of us, it was classless and unnecessary. People will make an excuse for anything when they like you.

  37. If I were a Philly fan with children, I’d be ashamed for them. What a classless clown this guy is.

  38. Wow, What another classless idiot. These guys just can’t get over Chip Kelly and they’re thumping their chests from the coach to the long snapper. I suppose that’s the Status quo in the NFL now. He says everybody hates them when actually nobody even know who most of them are until they do trashy stuff like this and give people a reason to hate them.

  39. mattcro0172 says:
    February 8, 2018 at 4:26 pm
    This was probably a 45 – 24 Pats thrashing of the Eagles had coach Belichick put aside his ego and put his best team on the field. Enjoy the gift.
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    Ah, nice to see that Patriots fans are as gallant in defeat as they are in victory.

  40. Congrats.. now let back itnupnwith a first place schedule and a target on your back.

    On side note. Dang these eagles are funny as sh…

  41. mattcro0172 says:
    February 8, 2018 at 4:26 pm

    This was probably a 45 – 24 Pats thrashing of the Eagles had coach Belichick put aside his ego and put his best team on the field. Enjoy the gift.
    ——–
    Oh, you mean like Seattle “gifted” NE by calling the worst play from the 1 yard line that would have sealed their victory over NE? Or how Atlanta, rather than kicking a FG to go up 2 scores late in the 4th quarter, which resulted in a tie in the end of that SB, gifting NE it’s 2nd SB in 3 years? Without those 2 gifted SB’s, combined with this latest SB loss NE would be, should be, 3-5 in SB’s and not have a SB victory in 14 years. Enjoy your gifted SB’s NE! Philly Philly!
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    Seriously Matt you just got owned.

  42. You are the first journalist (including our local blog) to recognize he was wearing the captains costume from a Mummers fancy brigade. THANK YOU! It been frustrating to see people calling it a “crazy outfit” “the wizard of Philadelphia” “bizarre” etc.

  43. Frum Slum says:
    February 8, 2018 at 6:44 pm
    If you’re an Eagles fan, the profane speech is acceptable, cool, and excusable. If you’re like the rest of us, it was classless and unnecessary. People will make an excuse for anything when they like you.

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    I could not agree with you more. Incidentally, my brother and two nephews arrived at the steps of the library at 5:00 a.m. yesterday to watch the celebration. I talked with him late last night and he said there were many people around him who were not happy with what Kelce did and said. So not all Eagles fans are morons who think what Kelse did was great.

  44. litoshuffle says:
    February 8, 2018 at 3:42 pm
    Greatest speech ever. Watched the uncensored broadcast on local station, NFL network blocked out the best parts.

    Jason Kelce for President
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    No thanks. We’re trying the uncensored thing right now

  45. mattcro0172 says:
    February 8, 2018 at 4:26 pm

    This was probably a 45 – 24 Pats thrashing of the Eagles had coach Belichick put aside his ego and put his best team on the field. Enjoy the gift.
    _ _ _

    It’s hilarious that you think that one defensive player (who played mediocre at best this season) would have turned a 41-33 Eagles win into a 45-24 Pats win. Any fan can go back and look at decisions made by their team during a game and cherry-pick one thing that “had they done differently” could have changed the outcome. That’s part of being a fan, sure. But sadly for your “probably” scenario, it only exists in your mind. Out here in reality, the Eagles are Super Bowl Champions. Hate on haters.

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