The Jason Kelce-Jalen Harts friendship is everything you didn’t know you needed
Eagles veteran center Jason Kelce and his brother, Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, started a New Podcast “New Heights” Which is fun, interesting, and a fun way to get a glimpse into the inner workings of the NFL. This pair was theirs First sit-down, personal interview With Philly QB Jalen Hurts.
Over the past few weeks, the friendship between Jason Kelce and Jalen Hurts started to show a little more — they did Thursday night football In the post-game interview together, the Eagles sang the fight song together, and in the days that followed, the team shared a video of the pair getting greedy (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 rare moments you see Hurts in a more casual conversation.
Here are some notable parts of their conversation:
Individual snaps by Jason Kelce
They talked about Jason Kelce’s unique snapping technique, with Hurts laughing and explaining that the ball comes to him. quickly. 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 pointed out several times when he wasn’t in the right spot and fumbled the snap.
Jason Kells: “I quickly tear it off because I want my hand back”
Jason explained that he needed to get his hands back for leverage and to jump the defensive line. He attributes his success to being really, really quick without overpowering his opponent, and so he snaps the ball quickly so he can get back to the rest of his work.
Jalen hurts: “I have no complaints.”
Hurts said Kelce often asks if he’s getting the ball right, but the QB said he has no problem adjusting to how the ball comes to him — even if it means less.
Considering Jason’s retirement
Travis joked that he expects Jason to play three more years, but the veteran center admitted that’s a year-to-year assessment.
Hurts said he wasn’t quite sure what was going to happen with the team after the 2020 season, but he knew he expected Jason to return. Then, after last season, even though Jason considered retirement, the QB never thought he’d actually walk away from the game.
Jalen hurts: “I think Jason understands that we can be really good next year, so I’m like — I’ve never questioned it.”
Kells admitted he was closer to retiring after 2020 than he was last year, after Hearts’ rookie year was a “terrible year”, but he felt really good at the end of last season.
Jalen hurts: “I never said this, but I felt like — I really felt like we had a connection, I felt like he trusted me. You know what I’m saying? I felt like he wanted to be a part of it.”
Harts response to Philly will be drafted
The quarterback talked about getting a call from Howie Roseman in 2020, admitting he hopes to be drafted by Pittsburgh more than Philadelphia. So, when the call came in with a 215 area code, he was confused Steeler Already picked them.
Jalen hurts: “I didn’t think I would come here. I had no idea.”
Hurts noted that he had an interview with the Eagles at the combine, but from the interview he didn’t think he was coming to Philly.
Jason Kells: “It must have been a surprise to most of Philadelphia, I think, but there were rumors that people in the building liked [Hurts]. Like, I knew that going into the draft.”
In college vs. NFL rivalry
Hurts acknowledged that rivalries are different at the college level than in the NFL, but so is fandom in general at the professional level.
Jalen hurts: “I think this city makes it different.”
He elaborated that if he said, ‘Philly, let’s tap this Monday night,’ they would tap. That’s not always the case in college, stadiums aren’t always packed, especially depending on the opponent. But, in the NFL, anything can happen on any game day and the fans know that and show up for it every week.
About Hearts’ relationship with Philly fans
Jalen hurts: “I enjoyed them. I think I embraced them and I think I 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 Philly — it’s a tough place, and it’s a grind mentality, and it’s something that I think, ‘OK.’
Jason Kells: “It takes a certain type of person to be able to play in Philadelphia and be able to have success, and I think they want that type of person.
Travis Kelce: “Once they find out you’re the guy, man.”
Hearts went on to say that he loves that he has come 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 game of football. The QB said there’s a different level of appreciation for the fans, especially given how much the fans value the Eagles and the players.
- Hurts said his welcome to the NFL was the moment he got to play with DeSean Jackson.
- The QB spoke with three of Philly’s most notable quarterbacks, Michael Vick, Donovan McNabb and Randall Cunningham, and he spent some time talking with Josh McCown, who was with the Eagles.
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