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Jason Kelce inspires Phillies during visit to spring training (pics/vid)

Super Bowl champion Jason Kelce paid a visit on Monday to the site of spring training for the Philadelphia Phillies, and not surprisingly the team was left inspired by the Philadelphia Eagles center’s appearance.

New Phillies skipper Gabe Kapler raved about what Kelce had to say to his players.

“I think there were 8 to 10 (things) to take away, but the No. 1 was it is OK to fall down, be fearless, get back up, be bold and do it all over again,” Kapler said via ESPN. “Champions have stories to share and they’re effective for a reason.

“Because they’ve been through the ups and downs, they’ve displayed courage, they’ve come together as units, they know what it feels like to have people count them out and then to prove people wrong.”

Kapler went on to say he hopes the Phillies can again forge a relationship with the fans in Philadelphia in the same way Kelce’s Eagles did on their march to the NFL team’s first Super Bowl title.

“We feel like we’re in a partnership with the city of Philadelphia, the fans of Philadelphia and certainly the sports teams of Philadelphia,” he said. “You saw it today with Jason. He felt like he was a part of the Phillies family. He wore that ‘Be Bold’ T-shirt proudly, then he put on a Phillies jersey and a Phillies cap.

“This is an All-Pro center on the best offensive line in football from a Super Bowl championship team. And here he was in our clubhouse today sort of backing the Phillies. I thought that was pretty remarkable.”

Kelce mentioned during his visit that he played baseball up until an arm injury when he was 12 years old.

“Baseball is an awesome sport,” Kelce said. “I’ve just been picking up some of what goes on between the pitcher and catcher because I think there are a lot of similarities between the mental chess game going on there as there is with me and Carson (Wentz) kind of assessing defenses and stuff like that.”