Kylie Kelce dishes on Jason Kelce’s retirement, increased spotlight with Taylor Swift


Kylie Kelce has been hearing about her husband Jason Kelce’s plans to retire for as long as she’s known him.

The Philadelphia Eagles center finally hung up his cleats last month in a tearful farewell to the team that drafted him and with whom he won a Super Bowl.

“He has been writing his retirement speech for years,” Kylie said Monday on The Today Show. “He has been telling me he was going to retire since we started dating, which was almost nine years ago. Because I think he understood the impact of what football has been to his life and I think he wanted to make sure that he accurately conveyed that to everyone else. I think it’s like a moment to give thanks to all of the people that helped him along the way.”

Kylie also gave some insight into what her husband’s next steps are after leaving football. There’s been speculation that he will become a broadcaster, especially with the success of his “New Heights Podcast,” which he hosts with his brother, Travis. But she’s not so sure.

“He’s my husband, so I’m biased, but he’s so good at everything he tries,” she said. “It’s kind of a pain in the butt. Nothing is off the table. He’s an ideas guy, so I think he’s just sort of letting them brew and see what happens.”

The couple have three children under the age of five. Kylie said whatever he does, Jason will need to get out of himself for his own sake.

“I don’t think golf is gonna cut it,” she said.

Kylie continued that Jason leaving football is an opportunity to teach their kids about life lessons and the importance of community. Kylie is from the suburbs of Philadelphia while Jason hails from Cleveland Heights, Ohio. She said that sharing their sense of home together is what she’s looking forward to passing on to their children.

“Ultimately, it’s not about them remembering that he played football, it’s all the lessons that he got from football that he then gets to take with him,” she said. “When he’s recognized by people and they approach him, they want to take a picture, our girls are too young to understand not everyone’s dad has people stop them and want to take pictures. I hope that ultimately, they end up understanding that their dad had an impact on Philadelphia in a way that was wholesome and that he understood the city enough that he wanted to stay there and raise a family there. … He gave his blood, sweat and tears to the city and it was out of sheer love and commitment and I hope that my girls see that.”

Kylie Kelce on increased spotlight with Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce

Kylie has also been in the news more because Travis is dating pop superstar Taylor Swift.

Kylie and Jason have been pretty mum on the very public love live of “Uncle Trav.” Kylie and Jason made their first public appearance with Swift at the Kansas City Chiefs’ divisional playoff game against the Buffalo Bills. Kylie and Taylor posed together in group photos, and Jason stole the spotlight by ripping his shirt off and cheering with the crowd.

Kylie Kelce dishes on Jason Kelce's retirement, increased spotlight with Taylor Swift

Jan 21, 2024; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Jason Kelce (right) and Kylie Kelce (left) watch the game from the suites in the first half of the 2024 AFC divisional round game between the Buffalo Bills and the Kansas City Chiefs at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

“Ultimately, if Trav is happy, we’re happy,” Kylie said of Travis’ relationship with Swift. “We are always cheering on Uncle Trav. It’s such a treat to be able to do that on and off the field. But it’s been amazing.”

Kylie was jokingly appalled at the idea of her and Jason’s relationship being publicly chronicled. She said she’s thankful the paparazzi weren’t around when Jason literally fell asleep at the bar on their first date.

“There’s no video evidence of that and I’m so glad,” she laughed.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Kylie Kelce on Jason Kelce retirement, Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce

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