Travis Kelce, family get emotional during Jason's NFL retirement speech

Earlier this year, Travis expressed hope that Jason would return to NFL for another year

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This combination of screengrabs from videos of Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (left) and ex-Philadelphia Eagles centre Jason Kelce wiping away tears during Jasons NFL retirement speech. — X/@EliotShorrParks, @Eagles
This combination of screengrabs from videos of Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (left) and ex-Philadelphia Eagles centre Jason Kelce wiping away tears during Jason's NFL retirement speech. — X/@EliotShorrParks, @Eagles

Kansas City Chiefs star Travis Kelce shed tears as his brother and former Philadelphia Eagles legend Jason announced his retirement from the National Football League (NFL), in an emotional press conference, on Monday.

Travis, 34, arrived at the Eagles' facilities to watch and support his older brother, 36, for the big announcement in person along with parents Donna and Ed and the All-Pro centre's wife Kylie, The US Sun reported.

The Chiefs tight end sported a pair of shades, likely expecting a tearful afternoon.

Travis' sibling choked up before reading his speech, and soon after, Travis was seen wiping tears off his face with a tissue.

As Jason spoke passionately about his love for football and thanked the people he's met throughout his career, he also talked about his relationship with his brother.

"We have a small family. No cousins. One aunt, one uncle. It was really my brother and I our whole lives," Jason said. "We did almost everything together: competed, fought, laughed, cried, and learned from each other."

He revealed that as young boys, the duo "invented" games and "imagined ourselves as star players of that time". He shared that they "won countless Super Bowls in our minds before ever leaving the house".

"There is no chance that I'd be here without the bond Travis and I share. It made me stronger, tougher, smarter and taught me the values of cooperation, loyalty, patience, and understanding," Jason continued.

"It's only too poetic that I found my career being fulfilled in the city of brotherly love... I knew that relationship all too well."

After wrapping up, Jason left the podium and hugged his younger brother before falling into the arms of his other family members.

Earlier this year, Travis expressed hope that Jason would return to the NFL for another year.

"I'm not a betting man, but I think he's got some football left in him," the Chiefs tight end said at the start of February. "I'm going to leave that up to him."