PHILADELPHIA - One of Eagles center Jason Kelce's earliest childhood memories was attending a Cleveland Browns game at the old Municipal Stadium with his father, Ed.

"What I really remember about it is we didn't stay for the game," Kelce said with a laugh. "I started crying during the National Anthem because it was too loud and my dad took me home."

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He'll be staying for the whole game on Sunday, when the Eagles open the regular season at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Kelce, who grew up about 15 miles from the field, will have a large cheering section. The Cleveland Heights High School graduate bought 35 tickets for friends and family, while other supporters are Browns season-ticket holders.

They'll be watching one of the league's top young offensive linemen. Kelce, 24, is entering just his second NFL season, but the 6-foot-3, 295-pounder is already regarded as a future Pro Bowler.

"Jason has the opportunity to be one of the very best centers in this league," Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said. "He's everything you want in a center. He's quick, smart, extremely athletic, strong, consistent and has great toughness.

"I found out about his toughness last season. I got to the locker room after the last game and his foot was swelled up twice its size. I found out he broke it in the second or third quarter, but still played the rest of the game."



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