The Eagles’ Jason Kelce is getting the star treatment from Philadelphians after giving an impassioned — and very colorful — speech during Thursday’s Super Bowl parade.
Kelce, who donned a Mummers costume and even biked along the parade route for a bit while mingling with fans, used the platform at the top of the Philadelphia Museum of Art to talk about the adversity the Philadelphia Eagles have faced throughout their history as an underdog team.
“Bottom line is, we wanted it more,” he shouted. “All the players. All the coaches. The front office. Jeffrey Lurie. Everybody wanted it more. And that’s why we’re up here today. And that’s why we’re the first team in Eagles history to hold that freaking trophy.”
Fans quickly took to social media to express their enthusiasm over Kelce’s inspiring message.
Mayor Jim Kenney shared a photo of himself with Kelce, while the Philadelphia Police Department photoshopped Kelce in place of the William Penn statue atop City Hall.
“Any of you know who the biggest underdog is? It’s y’all, Philadelphia. For 52 years, y’all have been waiting for this.”
Thank you Jason and the whole team for delivering that trophy to Philly! Awesome! pic.twitter.com/vX0wi1FAkv
— Jim Kenney (@PhillyMayor) February 9, 2018
We're not entirely convinced that this wasn't photoshopped….🤔 A huge thank you to all of our @PhiladelphiaGov partners, and to all of YOU for making today's @Eagles Championship Celebration a day to remember! pic.twitter.com/AXaaRQuhIE
— Philadelphia Police (@PhillyPolice) February 9, 2018
And others put their commentary directly on Kelce’s Wikipedia page.
Kelce became the Mayor of Philadelphia.
Looks like Jason Kelce’s Wikipedia page has been updated… 😂
.#flyeaglesfly #eaglesnation #philly #eagles #jasonkelce #nfl #eaglestalk #philadelphiaeagles https://t.co/6XqtzVwkYi pic.twitter.com/UBfBMfUA2f
— A2D Radio (@a2dradio_com) February 8, 2018
His address was called the GOAT (aka Greatest of All Time) of championship speeches.
— Zach Montanaro (@ZachMontanaro) February 8, 2018
Kelce was listed as the father of Mike Lombardi — a former NFL general manager whom Kelce called out in his speech for doubting the Eagles head coach (After Kelce’s speech, Lombardi admitted that he was wrong and Kelce was right.)
— Kyle Zachary (@kzwhalen) February 8, 2018
Then, Kelce vaulted to the status of “next president of the United States.”
When you google Jason Kelce, here's what Google pulls from Wikipedia. "NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES!" Looks like it's now been deleted from Wikipedia, but still. Big day for him. pic.twitter.com/IzKaVqjCsZ
— Caitlin McCabe (@mccabe_caitlin) February 9, 2018
Someone wrote “Next President of The United States” on Jason Kelce’s Wikipedia page 😩😩😩 pic.twitter.com/vp74jbgQxj
— sohniyehh🐙 (@sohnianika) February 9, 2018
Samantha Lien, a spokesperson for Wikipedia, said the edits to Kelce’s page are known as “vandalism.”
“To address this, you’ll also see that volunteer editors added a level of protection to the article to limit public editing,” Lien said when reached by email. “This is a temporary solution editors will use at times, for example, when the subject of an article suddenly gains public attention and attracts vandalism to the article.”
Kelce’s Wikipedia page seemed to be restored to reflect accurate information on Friday.
Interested in more? Read Mayor Kenney’s post-parade op-ed: “Yo, Philadelphians: Our city is finally getting the credit it deserves because of you.”