Kelce accepts All-Decade snub: 'Not consistent enough'

Andrew Porter
April 07, 2020 - 1:04 pm

The NFL released the 2010 All-Decade team this week creating a ton of debate on social media amid the COVID-19 pandemic, as the quarantined and paused world of sports yearns for entertainment. 

On offense, the Eagles -- whether current or former -- were well represented. Offensive tackle Jason Peters, running back LeSean McCoy, and Darren Sproles as a flex all made the list. Sproles was the only player to make the list at two positions, flex and special teams (as a returner). 

However, two Eagles offensive lineman that didn't make the list were Lane Johnson and center Jason Kelce.

Johnson tweeted about the lack of right tackles making the list. 

Kelce, who joined Angelo Cataldi and the 94WIP Morning Show on Tuesday, maturely explained why he believed he was fairly left off of the list.

"I'm not upset. One, because the guys (at center) that were named are two guys that I have a lot of respect and admiration for in Alex Mack and Maurkice Pouncey. Maurkice has been the most decorated center over the decade without question. The amount of Pro Bowls and All-Pros that he's been a part of has been spectacular. And then Alex Mack has probably been the most consistent center throughout his time in the NFL. He's a great all-around player. He plays the position the way every single team would appreciate. Big, strong, fast, athletic, smart, everything you would want in a center and he's more than deserving of that honor as well. 

"With myself, if I'm looking at it realistically, I don't think that I was consistent enough to get that position," Kelce said. "If you look at my career at my best, I've probably been as good, if not better, than the majority of the guys at my position. But at my worst, I've had a couple of down years, mainly one in particular where I wasn't as good. In the NFL, the true mark of a great player in my mind is consistency." 

Kelce, 32, was a sixth-round pick of the Eagles in 2011. Over his nine NFL seasons in Philadelphia, Kelce has three Pro Bowls, three first-team All-Pros, and a Super Bowl. Kelce has played in all 16 games in all but two of his nine NFL seasons, and has only missed four games since 2013. 

Neither Pouncey or Mack have three first-team All Pro selections. To Kelce's point, however, Pouncey has eight Pro Bowls, two first-team All Pros, and three second-team All Pros. Mack has six Pro Bowls and three second-team All Pros. 

Oh, Kelce also has the greatest Super Bowl parade speech of all-time, which should count for something.