March 13, 2018
Longtime Philadelphia Eagles tight end Brent Celek was released by the team Tuesday afternoon as the organization continues clear up cap space by tomorrow's deadline.
The 11-year-veteran was with the Eagles through three coaching regimes and made his left his on the city of Philadelphia like few professional athletes in recent history. In fact, Celek was the longest tenured Philly athlete across all four sports.
After hearing the news of Celek's release, several Eagles took to Twitter to pay their respects and recognize his contributions on the field and in the locker room.
Can't say enough about @BrentCelek as a teammate and friend. Unbelievably humble and hardworking guy - an absolute grinder and a true brother. Happy we got that ring together Celsie!! pic.twitter.com/m1i7SJkW3y— Beau Allen (@Beau_Allen) March 13, 2018
I’ve had very few better teammates than @BrentCelek . I knew it from the outside but this year confirmed it for me: Celek is a philly legend! 11 year run, so loved. So much respect for you as a player and teammate. Brother 4 life!!— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) March 13, 2018
But the biggest show of support (apart from Jason Peters on Instagram) came from Eagles fans and media who have covered Celek over the years.
There's no Miracle at the Meadowlands in 2010 without Brent Celek's 65 yard TD pic.twitter.com/j5XN6zFwf7— Jeff McDev (@JeffMcDev) March 13, 2018
Sad day.— Reuben Frank (@RoobNBCS) March 13, 2018
Brent Celek is a true Eagle and always will be.
No Eagle has ever played with more heart and professionalism than Brent Celek. He has always been a great credit to this team and this city. I wish him success in all of his future endeavors.— Merrill Reese (@mreeseeagles) March 13, 2018
I’m gonna need to see that again… pic.twitter.com/N1YBZ6dqJg— Matt Mullin (@matt_mullin) March 13, 2018
@BrentCelek you are by far one of my favorite players of all time! I am beyond sad 😥, wishing you all the best!— Alissa Marcus (@AlissaRozjhm) March 13, 2018
First met Brent Celek 11 seasons ago, glad to see him win one before he left. pic.twitter.com/LfqlvJCXiv— Jamie (@jamie_O_real) March 13, 2018
It's not clear whether Celek will retire or whether he plans to catch on with another team. Regardless of his decision, he'll forever be a legend in Philadelphia.