Warning: The Jason Kelce Documentary Will Make You Cry
Philadelphians often pride ourselves on being tough. We have been though a lot, even if it has been better for us lately. Those of you older than me, who were watching Philly Sports in the 90s, 80s, and earlier, know that better than me. But that toughness will be put to the test when you watch ‘Kelce’, the new documentary about Philly’s favorite center, Jason Kelce. Because as someone who has watched it, I can promise you, there are going to be some tears.
‘Kelce’ follows Jason Kelce as he grappled with his future in the NFL throughout last season. His heart is still clearly in the game and with this city. But his body, as you will learn throughout the movie, is breaking down. He talks about how sore he constantly is. How he relies on anti-inflammatories to make it through a week in the league. As well as his concerns about how his body, and mind, will hold up later in life, and if that will impact his ability to be able to fully be there for his wife and children.
Here is this man, who has given this city and this team everything he has, and we are bearing witness to some of his toughest moments. Does he keep playing, or does he risk further damage to his body and mind to keep playing the game he loves? Obviously, by now we all know he did choose to keep playing. Sorry for that spoiler, but if you watched the week 1, you probably noticed Jason Kelce was playing. But the documentary gives us context into just how big of a deal it was that he came back for one more year.
I am man enough to admit the whole movie had me tearing up at times. Especially when you see him interact with his daughters. I also cried when the movie made me relive the Super Bowl loss, but that is another issue entirely.
So grab some tissues, go to Amazon Prime, where you will be able to watch the Eagles-Vikings Game later tonight and enjoy a movie about one of the greatest Eagles in franchise history. Yes, it will make you sad at times. But it is also full of so much joy. You will leave with a far greater appreciation for a guy who may already be the most beloved man in the city.
‘Kelce’ is streaming now on Amazon Prime. The run time comes in at about 1 hour and 42 minutes. So as long as you start it by 6 pm, you should have more than enough time to finish it, stop crying, and then be ready before the start of tonight’s game.