Philadelphia Eagles All-Pro center has been in the news a lot lately. For the first time ever, he will be one of a pair of brothers competing on opposite sides of the snap when his Eagles take on brother Travis Kelce’s Kansas City Chiefs.
As a direct result of that family connection, the internet has been roundly calling for Donna Kelce, the proud mother with split fandom ahead of the 52nd annual Super Bowl contest, to walk to mid-field ahead of kick-off to flip the coin. We can only imagine it’d be a commemorative coin with one son on the obverse and the other on the reverse sides.
As if this weren’t all enough, reports are now coming out that Jason Kelce is inviting his pregnant wife’s OB-GYN to attend the Arizona-hosted Super Bowl XLVII on the off-chance his better half goes into labor during the game.
Kylie Kelce is expected to be 38 weeks pregnant come next Sunday. The pair already have two children, Wyatt, Elizabeth, and Elliotte Ray.
Speaking on a podcast he shares with his brother – because of course they have podcast – Jason said that it would be a “Super Kelce Bowl.:
“Kylie’s bringing her OB because she’s going to be 38 weeks pregnant at the game. That could be a Super Kelce bowl. If she has a baby in the stadium, it’s officially scripted,” the Eagles’ All-Pro center remarked on New Heights, with Jason and Travis Kelce.
As much as players strive for greatness, perhaps the only thing better than holding up the Lombardi Trophy would be the lifting of one’s newborn child on Sunday evening. The real excitement, at least from a viewer standpoint, would come if Kylie went into labor and delivery during the game. Would Jason leave the field?
I wouldn’t envy him in that position, and I imagine he has the full support of the locker room to abandon ship and be present for the birth, but it’s wild to think about.
As mentioned, the brothers have been in the news cycle a lot for this Super Bowl. It’s a family-friendly angle and one that deviates from past scripts. No murder charges a la Ray Lewis in 2000 that returned to the nes again after his Baltimore Ravens won the Superbowl the next year and he was famously denied the trip to Disney despite being the game’s MVP.
USA Today recounted that story in a flashback piece written in 2019.
It remains an unsolved case. Nobody was convicted for, or confessed to, the fatal stabbings of two men outside a nightclub in the city’s Buckhead district. Only one person – Hall of Fame linebacker Ray Lewis – pleaded guilty to a crime related to their deaths, for obstructing justice.
Lewis, then a standout for the Baltimore Ravens, didn’t play in that game on Jan. 30, 2000. He came to Atlanta to party instead, dressing for the nightlife afterward in a cream-colored suit with a mock neck sweater and Stetson hat. But that suit hasn’t been seen in public since the night Lewis’ limousine left the bloody crime scene, leading to a question that has haunted the families of the deceased: What happened to the suit Lewis wore that night?
Lewis did not provide comment to the USA Today story and has always denied his role in the murder.
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