The Philadelphia Eagles’ starting quarterback gets off to a hot start, and President Barack Obama coins the phrase ‘Wentz Wagon’.
When the President of the United States makes a trip to the ‘City of Brotherly Love’ and sees fit to make mention of the teams star rookie quarterback, you have to figure that the young man must be doing something right.
Heading into 2016, all we knew about Carson Wentz when he popped up on NFL radars was that he won a bunch of championships at something called North Dakota State, he was a redhead, and he was universally regarded as one of the two best signal-callers in 2016’s NFL Draft. Jared Goff was the other one.
The Eagles drafted Wentz with the second-overall selection in 2016, and the theory was he’d hold the clipboard and wear a headset for a year. Everyone thought that. Heck, the Eagles told us that, but then, eight days before the season started, Philly’s brass made a decision.
They traded Sam Bradford to the Minnesota Vikings, named Carson Wentz the starter, and watched as ’11’ faced everything thrown at him en route to a 7-9 campaign, the NFL record for the most completions by a rookie and the Eagles’ single-season franchise record for the most completions thrown.
The ‘Wentz Wagon’ may have seen its fair share of tuneups and passengers that have both jumped on and off of the bandwagon over the last four years, but it’s also birthed a charity softball game, an AO1 Foundation, several mission trips and a food truck named ‘Thy Kingdom Crumb’.
Everyone knows that Carson Wentz is a great guy. The question is whether or not he’s a great quarterback. By now, there’s enough evidence to prove that he is, and it began with an NFL crash course, better known as his rookie season in 2016. Expect the ‘Wagon’ to roll on and add a few more passengers in 2020.