Carson Wentz pays tribute to 9-year-old cancer victim, Lukas Kusters

CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 12: Carson Wentz
CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 12: Carson Wentz /

Lukas “The Dutch Destroyer” Kusters might be a name that none of us ever heard had it not been for Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz.

Sometimes, as fans, it’s easy to get caught up in win-loss records. For fans of the Philadelphia Eagles, it’s no different. Sure, everyone who’s thrown on a ball cap or worn one of those green, white or black jerseys loves their team, Then, there are moments where the players on this team show us that life is about more than a 5-1 record. Enter Carson Wentz.

In addition to launching his A01 (Army of One) Foundation, Wentz’s calendar year in 2017 has included mission trips, healthy donations to charity and league recognition for the work he does off of the field. Now, a man who typically defers attention to others, is in the spotlight again for the right reasons.

In addition to all of that, Wentz has dedicated this season to a very special young man who, unfortunately, passed away from cancer earlier this year. Philly’s signal caller has been wearing a bracelet on his left arm that reads “The Dutch Destroyer”, a nickname given to Lukas Kusters. He lost his fight with muscular cancer at nine-years old.

Here’s a photo from Wentz’s Instagram account that was posted earlier in the year:

ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown aired a feature on Wentz’s relationship with the nine-year-old via their “Power of Sports” series. It will be shown again during the pregame broadcast of Monday Night Football prior to Philly’s second matchup of the season against the Washington Redskins.

Take a look:

Video courtesy of ESPN and TheTownOf Shizzle‘s YouTube page

There’s really no way to express the power of this piece except to let Wentz’s own words describe it. “To think that he’s buried wearing my jersey, it’s much deeper than football. It’s so much more than just a game.”

Enough said. ITI’s prayers and thoughts are with Wentz and Lukas Kusters’ family.