Cam Jurgens is willing to learn as Jason Kelce’s understudy (2024)

It fits. Cam Jurgens, the Eagles’ second-round choice with the 51st overall pick, can teach Eagles’ center incumbent Jason Kelce about cattle ranching, since the all-time Eagle just bought some cows, and Kelce can teach the rookie the nuances of being an outstanding NFL center.

Jurgens, 6-foot-3, 303-pound center out of Nebraska, was speaking to the media under a tornado warning. But he got enough time to express his delight on being chosen by the Eagles, and what it will mean this season learning under Kelce and Eagles’ highly respected offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland.

“I’m so excited being able to play at the NFL at the highest level and this was my favorite team all along, and Kelce was a dude I looked up to,” said Jurgens, a converted tight end. “It was kind of early on in my career, went there at tight end, went through the off-season and fall camp and within the first game, our O-line coach and head coach, [Nebraska head coach] Coach [Scott] Frost, brought it up, like, ‘Hey, we want you at center.’

“Initially my reaction was holy crap, I don’t know if I can gain that weight. I was probably like 240, and once I made that switch midway through the year, I put on a lot of weight really fast. That part was easy, but learning all the technicalities of it, that was a little bit of the struggle and took a little bit to harness everything.

“At the end of the day, I loved the switch. Within a week of being in the O-line, I was like, why was I ever a tight end? I was tired of running down the field to not get a ball thrown my way. I love hitting dudes, so to be able to do that every play, that’s my stuff.”

In short period of time, Jurgens wondered why he was ever a tight end. Jurgens said he was willing to learn behind Kelce, who met Jurgens when he visited the NovaCare Complex.

It’s when Kelce mentioned he had just bought some cows, and Jurgens mentioned he grew up on a cattle farm. They spoke ranching and football.

From left to right, the Eagles have one of the best offensive lines in football, with tackle Jordan Mailata and guard Isaac Seuamlo holding down the left side, perennial All-Pro Kelce in the middle, and with guard Landon Dickerson and tackle Lane Johnson on the right.

The Eagles now have considerable depth at center behind Kelce, with Seuamlo, Dickerson and now Jurgens all with center experience.

Jurgens also likes playing under Stoutland. Jurgens played under Greg Austin at Nebraska, a Stoutland protégé, so he feels it’s going to be a smooth transition.

“I think his reputation speaks for itself, and a lot of this stuff I did in Nebraska and stuff I was taught, especially the terminology, was very similar to what they do,” said Jurgens in reference to Stoutland. “My O-line coach, Greg Austin, coached with him for several years, so he came from that system, and that’s his guy, that’s his mentor, and kind of learned from his protege, in my Coach Austin.

“So, a lot of this stuff is a little bit of carryover and getting to learn from Coach Stout now, it’s a dream come true because it’s stuff I’ve been doing already. I’m excited to keep learning, get to go learn from him with all the incredible guys he’s coached in all of his years in the NFL and get to learn from Kelce and [T] Lane Johnson and all those guys along that line.

“I don’t know if there’s a better spot for O-linemen to land than Philly to get to learn from Coach Stoutland.”

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Cam Jurgens is willing to learn as Jason Kelce’s understudy (2024)


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According to the Enquirer, Jason Kelce earned a marketing degree, but wasn't able to make it to the commencement ceremony, and Travis Kelce finished his outstanding credits to complete his degree in interdisciplinary studies from the College of Arts and Sciences in 2022.

Where is Jason Kelce's cow farm? ›

Jason Kelce Farm in Cabool Missouri | TikTok.

What is Jason Kelce's hometown? ›

Early life. Kelce was born and grew up in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, the son of Ed Kelce, a sales rep in the steel business, and Donna, who works in banking. He is the older brother of Travis Kelce, a tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs.

What are Jason Kelce's children's names? ›

Jason and wife Kylie Kelce are parents of children Wyatt, 4, Elliotte, 3, and Bennett, 15 months. According to Jason, "Kylie gets so mad," when he stands outside their girls' bedrooms making spooky sounds. "Wyatt and Ellie will freak out like there's a ghost. Like they aren't smart enough to know it's me," Jason said.

What does Travis Kelce have a degree in? ›

In 2022, Kelce finished his remaining credit hours to complete his degree — a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies from the College of Arts and Sciences — making him an official UC graduate.

Does Patrick Mahomes have a degree? ›

Patrick Mahomes studied marketing at Texas Tech University. He did not receive a bachelor's degree, as he left after his junior year to enter the National Football League draft in 2017.

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Does that make him less cool? The futuristic and odd-looking Tesla truck is hard to miss when you see it on the road.

Why is Jason Kelce's wife famous? ›

She's a philanthropist

Kylie, for her part, regularly helps raise money and supports the Eagles Autism Foundation, and even throws an annual event in Sea Isle City, New Jersey for the cause. Aaaaand that's pretty much all we know for now, but definitely be sure to check back in for more Jason and Kylie cuteness!

What does Travis Kelce's dad do for a living? ›

Ed pivoted and went on to have a very successful career in the steel industry, occasionally bringing his sons to work with them so they could get an understanding of what work in a mill was like.

Where do the Kelce parents live now? ›

Donna and Ed are grandparents

As of 2020, Ed Kelce lives a mile away from his firstborn son's family, moving from Cleveland to Philadelphia on a nine-acre farm, according to the LA Times.

Did Jason Kelce get a college degree? ›

Travis and Jason Kelce 'graduate' from college during a surprise ceremony in Cincinnati. The brothers both previously completed their degrees but were unable to attend their respective graduation ceremonies to receive their diplomas.

Has Jason Kelce ever been married? ›

Jason and Kylie Kelce celebrate wedding anniversary: What to know about their family. The former NFL star and his wife are parents of three. Former NFL star Jason Kelce and his wife Kylie are the parents of three daughters.

What is Jason Kelce's salary? ›

What is Jason Kelce's salary? As of 2023, Jason Kelce is under contract with the Philadelphia Eagles. His current contract is worth $14.5 million per year, making him the highest-paid center in the NFL. It includes a base salary of $1,165,000, a $10,335,000 signing bonus, and $14,250,000 guaranteed overall.

What kind of dog does Jason Kelce have? ›

The Kelces also have a separate Instagram account dedicated to their dogs. In addition to Winn, they are pet parents to another Irish wolfhound named Baloo.

Does Travis Kelce have a baby? ›

While Travis doesn't have children yet, he adores his three nieces from his brother Jason, who proudly shares Wyatt, Elliotte, and Bennett.

Does Kylie Kelce have a degree? ›

On May 19, 2024, Kylie was asked to speak at Cabrini University for its final graduation ceremony before the school closes, per Entertainment Tonight. Kylie graduated from Cabrini in 2017. In her speech, she delivered a vulnerable, inspiring message to the class of 2024.

Why didn't Jason Kelce get his diploma? ›

They didn't take part in their graduation ceremonies, so they received those diplomas last week at the show. “Sorry for everybody that got upset about this. It just wasn't that kind of event. It wasn't that serious,” Jason Kelce said in the latest “New Heights” podcast episode.

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