Jason Kelce has an answer — and a full explanation. But it’s not as cut-and-dry as you’d think.
The Philadelphia Kelce called into the 94WIP Midday Show with Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie unprompted yesterday to set the record straight on his, and his brother’s, name.
“You got it right. It’s Kel-see,” Jason Kelce told 94WIP. “So I’ll give you the story behind why my brother said that. My brother and I have gone by Kel-see our entire lives.”
The name with multiple pronunciations is actually a family debate.
“I still remember my dad answering the phone as Ed Kel-see all growing up when he was on work calls and everything. But we have a really small family. We don’t have any first cousins. Somehow we got so disconnected with that side and my dad at some point, when he was working at the Steel mills in Cleveland, Ohio, got tired of correcting everyone who was calling him Kel-see,” Jason Kelce explained.
“Apparently the correct, the standard pronunciation is Kelse, which the rest of my family goes by. So my dad, out of pure laziness, completely changed his last name. For some reason he decided to change it and that’s what we’ve gone by our whole lives.
“We’ve gotten plenty of messages and texts since becoming NFL players from extended family members all over the world that have told us, ‘You’re pronouncing the name wrong!’ I prefer Kel-see because that’s what I’ve gone by my entire life.”