As we navigate through the final two days of the 2019 calendar year, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz celebrates his 26th birthday. What’s next for ‘Number 11’?
Throughout his career, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz has already seen it all. He was supposed to carry the clipboard in his rookie season. Then, he was named the starter after Sam Bradford was surprisingly traded with a little over a week to go before the 2016 regular season began.
He guided his team through 2016 rather successfully. Though they wouldn’t post a .500 record, Wentz showed signs. He set a franchise record for completions, and came just 21 completions shy of setting the NFL record for completions in a season.
One year later, he, very well, could have won the league’s MVP award, but after it was learned that he had torn two ligaments in his knee in a game versus the Los Angeles Rams, his march through 2017 was over.
Nick Foles stepped in and helped guide the Eagles to the first Super Bowl victory in franchise history.
Some of the talk began then, but it was a little more quiet then. Wentz has always been totally open and honest about his feelings. He was both ecstatic that ‘The Birds’ won the Lombardi Trophy and disappointed that he didn’t have the opportunity to battle for it with his teammates.
Some of the Eagles fanbase wondered why Philly would go back to Wentz rather than ride the hot hand of Foles.
The Eagles have always been honest with the fans and with both Foles and Wentz. ‘Number 11’ is the franchise. ‘Saint Nick’ is the guy if Wentz ever goes down. The 2018 season began with the backup at the helm, but after the first two games, Wentz stepped in the lineup and if you throw out a game in New Orleans, statistically, 2018 showed that Philly’s franchise signal caller was continuing his upswing.
Then, it happened. QB1 got injured again, this time with a fracture in his back, and again, Foles stepped in to guide ‘The Birds’ in Los Angeles. Again, Foles was up to the task, and now, here we are, seemingly, in the same spot we were in a year ago.
Wentz has, again, been relegated to the role of cheerleader, and if Philly can go on another run, a very real possibility, they’ll have to do in without him being in the lineup.
’11’ will do what he always has, He’ll smile and cheer his teammates on. He’ll do whatever he’s asked to do to help his team win. On December 30th, his birthday, the Eagles take the field for the final regular season game of 2018. Debates will take a backseat, for at least three hours, while Philly does everything in their power to earn a spot in the 2018 NFL Playoffs.
For Wentz, birthday parties will have to wait. First there’s a game to play. First, there’s work to do, but once it’s over, the hope is Eagles fans will have a late Christmas present and Wentz will have himself a birthday gift.
We haven’t been able to ask him, but we imagine, if we could, he’d tell us that’s one of the things he wanted most for himself and his teammates.
Happy birthday QB1. We at ITI hope you enjoy it, and we hope the celebration continues all day and into 2019.