Jason Kelce and friends sip beer, play goblets and sing karaoke in Jersey Shore
On Wednesday afternoon, beloved Eagles center Jason Kelce was at Ocean Drive in Sea Isle City, New Jersey, working behind the bar during a normally slow spell. But Kelce wasn’t alone — he was surrounded by fans and even joined by a few friends — as he tended the bar for a good cause: autism awareness.
Kelce’s wife teaches students who are on the autism spectrum and since meeting some of her students, Kelce has been inspired to play a role in autism awareness through the Eagles Autism Foundation and of Team 62, his own charity.
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And, of course, he chose to do it in the most Jason Kelce way, by stepping up to the bar and serving drinks to fans at his charity event.
Our own Mike Sielski was there to capture Kelce — who was joined by his Kansas City Chiefs brother Travis and fellow Eagles offensive lineman Jordan Mailata — in his element.
He fits in here, is appreciated and even loved here, as no athlete has been in the city’s recent sporting history. Brian Dawkins, Chase Utley, Allen Iverson: They were revered, of course, and rightly so. But as great as Kelce has been over the course of his career — he’s a four-time All-Pro, five-time Pro Bowler, and could yet be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame — there’s something about him that makes him more accessible. .
When did he begin to understand Philadelphia and its fans? When did he start having it?
“I don’t know, because I still don’t know what I’m getting,” he said ahead of Wednesday’s event, in an interview with a small group of media members. “These are the same things that make you successful in any market, I think. Philly will be much more judgmental about who you are and what your values are, but you show up and try to be honest. You show up and try to be responsible. You show up and try to do your best. All of those things are going to be well respected in Philadelphia and throughout the league. I just think Philadelphia embraces it a lot more.
You can read the rest of Mike’s story here.
But to understand Kelce’s connection to Eagles fans, it’s something you have to see with your own eyes.
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Tending the bar wasn’t the end of the festivities for Kelce. While every Eagles fan would lose to them in football, many might love the chance to face this team of NFL stars in flip-cup or beer pong.
Unfortunately, they would be wrong.
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After the games, Mailata took the opportunity to show off her gold pipes by signing karaoke.
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While Kelce made time for the littlest fans.
Here are some additional photos of Steven M. Falk, who was on hand to witness the festivities.
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All in all, it was a successful day for a good cause.