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Eagles’ Jason Kelce wept while talking about his family after Super Bowl

Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce wore a winter hat as he answered questions during a media availability for Super Bowl LII last Tuesday.
Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce wore a winter hat as he answered questions during a media availability for Super Bowl LII last Tuesday. The Associated Press

There were tears shed on both sides after the Eagles’ 41-33 win over the Patriots in Super Bowl LII on Sunday night.

You might think that winning would lead only to joyous celebration, but Philadelphia center Jason Kelce got teary-eyed when talking about his road to the top of professional football.

Kelce, who is the brother of Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, was talking with reporters about his family when he got emotional.

“I can’t help but think back to a quote my grandfather gave me from Calvin Coolidge about persistence,” Kelce said. “I’m not going to say it, because it’s a little long. ...

“He gave me that quote when I was 18 years old, when I was not given a scholarship to play at any Division I university. My father and mother told me to stay after my dream. And I’ve officially accomplished the best thing in this sport with a group of guys who mean the most to me.”

Coolidge was the 30th president of the United States, and while I don’t know if this is the quote Kelce referenced, it is about persistence. I found it on PassItOn.com:

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘Press On’ has solved and will always solve the problems of the human race.”

Jason Kelce was a walk-on linebacker at the University of Cincinnati in 2006. Now he is a Super Bowl champion.

You can see all that Kelce said here:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Best thing you&#39;ll hear tonight from <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Eagles?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Eagles</a> center Jason Kelce. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/12Sports?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#12Sports</a> <a href="https://t.co/I1QgxkLfIY">pic.twitter.com/I1QgxkLfIY</a></p>&mdash; Cameron Cox (@CamCox12) <a href="https://twitter.com/CamCox12/status/960373379789287424?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 5, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Thousands of Philadelphia Eagles fans took to the streets of Philadelphia to celebrate their Super Bowl victory over the New England Patriots on Sunday, February 4, 2018. There was a lot of climbing going on: some scaled the gates of Philadelphia

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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