"I have decided to RETIRE," center Jason Kelce wrote in an Instagram post on Thursday morning, briefly sending shockwaves through Eagles nation, "... from arm wrestling."
A collective sigh of relief was exhaled by Eagles everywhere.
The arm-wrestling reference was a tip of the cap to a video of the All-Pro center showcasing his strength against a fellow customer at a bar in Havertown, just outside of Philadelphia, two months ago.
But Kelce was serious about announcing his intentions to return for the 2020 season.
"I am fully excited for the 2020 season and will be out there with my teammates, coaches and hopefully fans this coming season," Kelce typed. "Enough media members and fans have reached out if I am playing next season, and I just wanted to make an announcement so I can stop getting asked."
One prominent center in the NFC East, Dallas' Travis Frederick, surprisingly announced his retirement on March 23 after seven seasons. He earned five Pro Bowls in six seasons where he actually played, sitting out the 2018 campaign to recover from Guillain-Barré syndrome, a rare disorder where the immune system attacks the nerves.
The 32-year-old Kelce will be entering his 10th NFL season in 2020. One of the best value draft picks in Eagles history, the sixth-round selection is the best center in football having earned first-team All-Pro honors in each of the past three years. The league's ironman among centers, Kelce hasn't missed a game since the 2014 campaign, a streak of 95 straight games, including playoffs.