The Jason Kelce-Jalen Hurts friendship is everything you didn't know you needed

The Jason Kelce-Jalen Hurts friendship is everything you didn’t know you needed

Veteran Eagles center Jason Kelce and his brother, Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, have launched a new “New Heights” podcast that is funny, interesting and a fun way to get a peek into the inner workings of the NFL. The duo had their first in-person interview with Philly QB Jalen Hurts.

Over the past two weeks, the friendship between Jason Kelce and Jalen Hurts has started to show a bit more – they’ve done the Thursday night football interview after the match together, sang the song Eagles Fight together, and in the days that followed, the team shared a video of the pair doing the Griddy (something they talk about on the podcast).

The whole interview is really a treat. And while we often see Jason Kelce’s personality shine through, this was one of the few times you got to see Hurts in more casual conversation.

Here are some notable parts of their conversation:


Jason Kelce’s signature shot

They talked about Jason Kelce’s unique slamming technique, with Hurts laughing and explaining that the ball was coming to him. fast. He said people have asked him why his stance is so low, and it’s because he has to be in an athletic position to receive the ball – the QB has repeatedly pointed out he’s not at the right spot and missed the snap.

JASON KELCE: “I slap it quickly because I want my hand back”

Jason explained that he had to get his hand back to get leverage and jump on the defensive line. He attributes his success to being really, really quick and not just dominating his opponents, and so he slams the ball down quickly so he can get back to the rest of his work.

JALEN MAL: “I have no complaints.”

Hurts said Kelce often asked if he had broken the ball right, but the QB said he had no problem adjusting to how the ball came to him – even if that meant going down a bit more down.

On Jason’s retirement considerations

Travis joked that he expects Jason to play for another three years, but the veteran center admitted it was an annual review.

Hurts said he wasn’t entirely sure what was going to happen with the team after the 2020 season, but he knew he was hopeful Jason would be back. Then, after last season, despite Jason considering retirement, the QB never felt like he would actually walk away from the game.

JALEN MAL“I think Jason understands that we could be really good next year, so I’m like – I never questioned that.”

Kelce acknowledged he was much closer to retiring after 2020 than he was last year, joking that Hurts’ rookie year was “a terrible year”, but he felt really well at the end of last season.

JALEN MAL“I never said that, but I felt like – I really felt like the connection we had, I felt like he believed in me. You know what I say? I had the feeling that he wanted to be part of it.

On Hurts’ reaction to being drafted to Philadelphia

The quarterback has spoken about getting Howie Roseman’s call in 2020, admitting he expected to be drafted by Pittsburgh more than Philadelphia. So when the call came in with a 215 area code, he was confused because the Steelers had already made their pick.

JALEN MAL“I didn’t know I was coming here. I had no idea.”

Hurts mentioned he had an interview with the Eagles at the Combine, but based on the interview, he didn’t think he would come to Philadelphia.

JASON KELCE“It was definitely, I think, a surprise to most of Philadelphia, but there were like rumors going around that people in the building liked [Hurts]. Like, I knew that going into the draft.

On the rivalries between the university and the NFL

Hurts admitted that the rivalries are different at the college level than in the NFL, but the fandom in general is also different at the professional level.

JALEN MAL: “I think this city makes it different.”

He explained that if he said, “Philly, let’s tap this Monday night,” they would. It’s not always like that at university, the stadiums are not always full, especially depending on the opponent. But, in the NFL, anything can happen on any game day, and fans know it and show up every week.

On Hurts’ relationship with Philadelphia fans

JALEN MAL“I liked them. I think I embraced them and I feel like I was prepared – you know, that’s why I say it’s a different breed here. It’s a different vibe here. Like, going to Oklahoma, going to Alabama, seeing passionate fans, but you come to Philadelphia — it’s a tough place, and it’s a grind mentality, and that’s something I’m like, ” OK”.

JASON KELCE“It takes a certain type of person to be able to play in Philadelphia, and be able to be successful, and I think they want that type of person.

TRAVIS KELCE“Once they find out you’re that guy, man.”

Hurts went on to say that he loves coming to a team that has so much history and pride, and really appreciates the fans who have so much love for the team and the football. The QB said there was a different level of appreciation for the fans, especially given the value they place on the Eagles and the players.

Other notables

  • Hurts said his welcome moment in the NFL was when he got to play with DeSean Jackson.
  • The QB spoke to three of Philly’s most notable quarterbacks, Michael Vick, Donovan McNabb and Randall Cunningham, and he also spent time talking to Josh McCown, who was with the Eagles for a while.

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