When Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Carson Wentz joined the Eagles in 2016, he became the first quarterback since 1999 to be chosen by the team during the first round of draft picks. With that pick, he simultaneously became the highest Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) quarterback taken in draft history.
With such an impressive reputation, the Eagles have great odds for a successful season. Who is the man behind the football mask? Here are five fast facts about Carson Wentz.
1) He hit a major growth spurt in high school
Wentz was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, but he moved to North Dakota with his family at the age of three. He attended Century High School in Bismarck, where he played defensive back and quarterback on the football team. He grew an impressive nine inches (from 5’8” to 6’5”) between his freshman and senior years. He graduated in 2011 and was valedictorian of his class.
2) He is a philanthropist
In 2017, Wentz started the Audience of One Foundation, commonly called the AO1 Foundation. It is a nonprofit whose mission is to serve underprivileged youth, disabled people and veterans by getting them involved in outdoor and wildlife activities (which are among his personal favorite hobbies).
The Kingdom Crumb Ministry and the Outdoor Ministry are offshoots of the AO1 Foundation. They focus on feeding the hungry and bringing people closer through outdoor activities. Foles has also provided resources to construct a sports complex in Haiti.
3) He has had bad luck with injuries
Wentz has had a rough bout with injuries during the past couple of years. In 2017, he hurt his ACL while the Eagles were at 11-2 in the season. Nick Foles led the team as a quarterback while Wentz was down, leading the team to a Super Bowl victory in 2017. Still, there is no doubt Wentz laid a solid foundation for that win.
In 2018, he suffered a season-ending back injury, putting Foles back in the spotlight. In 2019, however, a recovered Wentz is getting back to business. He started the season as the Eagles lead quarterback as Foles moved his career to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
4) He is not going anywhere
Provided he does not endure any more serious injuries (fingers crossed), Wentz will be gracing the Eagles’ field for a while. In June 2019, he signed a $128 million contract extension that will keep him around through 2024.
Will Wentz be the man to take the Eagles to its third Super Bowl? Only time will tell.
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