If you recall, Jason Kelce, the center for the Philadelphia Eagles, is now a Super Bowl LII Champion. There are an elite few that have joined that fraternity of athletes and Kelce is indeed a special one.
Just a kid growing up in Cleveland, Ohio, Jason was not just an athlete, he was quite the musician as well, and yes you read that right. Jason was a baritone saxophonist, about to take on the dreaded journey from middle school to high school.
Jason’s middle school teacher gave a heads up to the high school band director at Cleveland Heights High School, Brett Baker, that he had a really good one coming his way. After baker heard Jason audition, he promoted the freshman directly to jazz band, which is quite rare. Jason also played hockey, lacrosse and obviously football.
From the get go, Jason was a special kid and it would all translate to him taking his talents to the University of Cincinnati where he would play on a football scholarship, and eventually play for the world champion Philadelphia Eagles.
Just years removed from juggling school, music, and sports Jason has now cemented his legacy among Philadelphians.
“The extracurriculars teach you so much more about working with other people, accomplishing goals, accomplishing tasks. I think there’s so many similarities you can draw from the work ethic and the practice and everything that’s required from something like band or…sports.” said Kelce.
He was able to practice just what he preached at a concert at Central High School in North Philadelphia.
Since 1933, the Cleveland Heights High School band and orchestra go on a spring tour to other high schools in the area and it just so happened that they were headed to Central High School this year.
Kelce, sporting his letterman jacket from Cleveland Heights High School and a Central High beanie, came to jam with both school’s jazz bands and brought the house down.
After not picking up a saxophone for twelve years, you would have thought he never put it down.
“Before I was a Philadelphia Eagle and a Super Bowl Champ, I was a Cleveland Heights Tiger.” Jason said, and boy did he prove it.
After the concert, Kelce took the time to hang out with the band members and give some autographs.
Clearly, Cleveland Heights High School, his old band, and Philadelphia is a big part of Jason Kelce’s life and always will be.
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