Travis Kelce has once again predicted his brother Jason will play on in the NFL, in another sign that the Philadelphia Eagles man isn’t done with football just yet.
Jason, 36, reportedly told the Philadelphia locker room he was done when they went out of the playoffs to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in January – a miserable end to a season that one stage, promised so much with a 10-1 record in late November.
But the center has yet to officially confirm he is stepping away for good and has repeatedly hinted he might be changing his mind- including in an exclusive interview with DailyMail.Com.
Chiefs star Travis fielded media questions for around an hour on Monday night in Vegas ahead of the Super Bowl and was inevitably asked if he thought his brother would keep playing.
‘I think so. I don’t know. I’m not a betting man, but I think he’s got some football left in him,’ Travis said. before being asked what the odds are. ‘I don’t know. I’m gonna leave that up to him.’
Travis Kelce has again hinted he thinks brother Jason is going to keep on playing in the NFL
Eagles star Jason reportedly told his team he is done last month but now appears to be unsure
Speaking exclusively to the Mail after Travis and Kansas City beat the Ravens to reach the Super Bowl, Jason said: ‘Whenever you’re around this atmosphere, man, it’s really hard to not want to continue doing this.
‘The game continues to be difficult to play – selfishly, physically. It’s a grueling sport and it has its problems with trying to play it the older you get… (but) it’s hard. It’s really hard. I’ll be honest with you.’
This time last year, the Kelce brothers were preparing to play against each other in the Super Bowl – with the Chiefs emerging victorious in Arizona.
And Jason will be there in the stands at Allegiant Stadium to cheer his brother on to what would be a second straight Super Bowl triumph and the third of his career. The two brothers are extremely close – Travis wears the No 87 shirt for the Chiefs because it is the year that Jason was born.
He is likely going to join his brother’s girlfriend Taylor Swift in a suite for football’s biggest game.
She is expected to race back from Tokyo, Japan to cheer him on after her four scheduled Eras shows this week, starting Wednesday.
But Travis joked he is unsure if his older brother will recreate his iconic shirtless celebrations from when he scored a touchdown against the Bills in January.
‘That’s just who he is, he enjoys the game of football. The desire and the love that we’ve had for the game since we were kids just oozes out of us and we can’t help that,’ he said.
The two brothers celebrate on the field after the Chiefs sealed a place at the Super Bowl
Jason cheered Travis on wildly when the Chiefs beat Buffalo Bills back in Janaury
‘And sure enough with an unbelievable fan base like Buffalo and going up there, it was a fun experience.
‘But I don’t know if the Vegas crowd is going to make him want to take his shirt off though!’
If Jason is to postpone his retirement, he will likely lift the curtain on next season in Brazil, with the NFL announcing that the Eagles will play their first game of the new season in South America in 2024.