USA Today Sports created the All-Joe team in 1992, and since then they have annually selected players whose hard work often goes unnoticed, at least as far as Pro-Bowl selections are concerned. Only players who have never appeared in a Pro Bowl are eleigible for the team. In naming this season's unsung heroes, USA Today selected Eagles center Jason Kelce to the All-Joe squad.
In just his third season in the NFL, Kelce has become the anchor of the Eagles offensive line. The Eagles led the league in rushing, averaging 160.4 rushing yards per game, and Kelce had a lot to do with that success on the ground. What was even more impressive about Kelce's season is that he played as well as he did after coming back from major reconstructive surgery on his right knee.
"All he did was come back from a torn ACL in 2012 to anchor a high-tempo offense that demands ability, smarts and conditioning from coach Chip Kelly," writes Nate Davis of USA Today.
2013 has been a big year for Jason Kelce. He won the Eagles 2013 Ed Block Courage Award, as voted by his teammates, and was named to Pro Football Focus' All-Pro first team, More recently, he has announced that he will compete in the upcoming Wing Bowl, and now he can add this All-Joe honor to the list.