Kelce On Barwin: ‘He Ain’t Afraid Of Nothing’

There was a time back in their college playing days when teammates Jason Kelce and Connor Barwin locked horns.

“I was known as a guy in college that you don’t really screw around with,” said Kelce. “I’m not trying to toot my own horn at all, but a lot of guys on the defensive side kind of feared that. They didn’t want to get into a scuffle with me. But I can remember vividly one play with Connor where I got into him and I started jawing off at him. I can’t repeat what he said, but it got to the point where he was like, ‘You don’t want to screw with me, Kelce! I’m crazy, too!’

“He is that kind of guy where he ain’t afraid of nothing.”

Barwin is only one year older than Kelce (26) but is two years ahead of him football-wise because he did not red-shirt his freshman year in Cincinnati. They started together one season on the collegiate level. They grew close, and remain very good friends.

“You’re not going to get a better person, a better teammate, a better leader, a harder worker. The guy has all the intangibles you want as a teammate,” said Kelce. “I’m looking forward to him being the in the defensive room and building that camaraderie among those guys. That’s something he’s had since Cincinnati and I know he had it in Houston because I have talked to some guys out there, so he’s going to be great for the locker room, number one. Number two, I think they brought him in because he can play football as well –hopefully. I think we got a good player.

“He holds people accountable. If you’re not running right and he knows you’re not running right, he’s going to call you out. And it might not be in front of the whole team, but he’s definitely going to make it a point to let you know…He’s done it to me before.”

Barwin told PFT that if the money was equal he probably would have remained with the Texans, citing all the close relationships he developed in Houston. He recently took out a full-page ad in the local newspaper where he thanked everyone from head coach Gary Kubiak to his delivery guy, Tim.

In Philadelphia, he will at least be surrounded by his college brethren. Kelce, Brent Celek and Trent Cole are all former Bearcats. Barwin was actually Celek’s backup at tight end his first two years, and boasted to reporters that he would have stolen the job if Celek hadn’t left for the NFL.

“Yeah, woulda, shoulda, coulda,” said Celek on Thursday.

It was then suggested that Celek should adopt Barwin’s mohawk hairstyle.

“His hairstyle is terrible,” Celek replied.

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  • zbone95

    Accountability….MUSIC TO MY EARS!!! About Time!

  • PaoliBulldog

    Tim, you left off the final “s” in “relationships.”

    • Tim McManus

      Thank you, bud.

    • limodriver27

      {now THAT’S accountability, PB. (j/k).}
      Probably could have been utilized more during the last regime.

  • GGeagle21

    Hahah I been writing all morning about how I think he will police our locker room, lead by example, hold players accountable, all while being a well liked guy….and then this article comes out. Beautiful! Glad to get see some re-enforcement, Great article as always guys. The interview he gave about acceptance of gay players, really gives a good incite into the kind of guy we aquired. Very excited

  • Nailed it!

    Didn’t he play with Demeco for a year or two? Yet no mention of that, interesting, but I still think this guy will be dominant with our D!

    • limodriver27

      Right you are, Nailed. Barwin was one of the more vocal D-men to publicly express shock at Ryans being traded. There’s a few Texans on the team now that bring a different flavor of winning attitude inside NovaCare. Long view, they’ll have to exhibit flexibility and versatility to succeed in CK’s little world. Bring patience but check your egos at the door.

      • GGeagle21

        I think we cant rave enough about all the Charecter we added to our Locker room….. We went from a locker room of lazy over paid Diva’s….To a bunch of Hungry players with alot to prove…We layed the perfect defensive foundation in FA, now its time to start drafting our playmakers for the defense

  • nycbirdsfan

    kelce is probably the only eagle who would ever use the phrase “toot my own horn.”

  • Justin

    I, for one, think the Eagles should adopt the mohawk as their official hairstyle.

  • limodriver27

    Kelce and Celek- same letters in their names yet two very different people. (Observation by another poster; I can’t take credit)

    • UKEagle99

      No much credit to take, pretty pointless observation. No offence.

  • UKEagle99

    Too many people have latched on to the ‘intangible’ buzzword and Throw it in at every opportunity. By definition intangibles cannot be defined so stop defining them!

  • EaglesHero87

    It’s about time we have someone with this kind of attitude! I want to see both DeMeco and Barwin hold all players accountable this season. It’s possible DeMeco did the best he could in his first season, but that must be tough to do when you’re on a new team in your first season. Now with Barwin as his wingman or equal comrade, they can hold any of the players accountable.

    • GGeagle21

      I agree..Demeco was great in year 1, but you dont just waltz into a new team and start laying the hammer down…Another year under Demeco’s belt, most of the eagles defenders with senority above him are gone…I expect him to turn it up a notch this year