Well, he hadn’t heard from him in a minute, other than at the end of January when he popped up on social media to congratulate Rodney McLeod for his Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year nomination. If you’re a Philadelphia Eagles fan that’s like some of our staff here at ITI, you were dangerously close to filling out a missing person’s report for Carson Wentz. Where in the world has he been?
Heck, regardless of how he’s handled things, we all still care about the guy as a person, and it would have been nice to know if he was alright or what he’s thinking. Here’s the good news. 11 is okay, and on the third Friday of 2021’s second calendar month, Mr. Wentz popped up on Instagram to share a few thoughts.
Here’s Carson Wentz’s fond farewell to Birds fans everywhere.
11 dropped a photo of himself on IG to say goodbye to a community that he’s gotten to know over the past five seasons. He began by shouting out his teammates. Take a look.
"What a journey.More than anything, I will miss my teammates. Thank you. I appreciate every one of you and will never forget the relationships and memories made over the years. So many lifelong relationships have been formed in that locker room. Thank you for the fellowship, the camaraderie in the locker room, and the daily battles out on the practice field!"
As you might imagine, 11 had a few fond words for all of the Eagles fans in the Delaware Valley and everywhere else in the world. Here’s more.
"To the City of Philadelphia—Thank you. You have been my home for the past five years. It has been everything a kid from Bismarck, North Dakota could have dreamed of. My family grew here, had a lot of fun, ate a lot of great food, got to be a part of an incredible church, and so many more memories off the field. On the field, we brought the Lombardi trophy home to Philly and hopefully brought a lot of joy to the city over the years. Thank you to the amazing Eagles fans across the world that have supported my family, our foundation, and our football team through all of the wins and losses. It was an honor to play in a city whose passion and love for their football team is unrivaled. Thank you for supporting my family and our AO1 foundation — we hope we have made a positive impact in the communities in Philly and look forward to continuing our efforts to impact the area!"
Carson Wentz closed by thanking the Eagles’ organization. Here’s what was said.
"Thank you to the Eagles organization for drafting me and making my NFL dream come true. Thank you Mr. Lurie, Howie Roseman and the Eagles’ front office, Coach Pederson and all of my coaches, our training staff, our equipment staff, and all of the support staff at the NovaCare Complex. It has been an amazing journey and I wish you all the best."
It was a nice gesture from a guy that, honestly, may still have some growing to do (just like the rest of us), but if we’re being honest, no rational person on Planet Earth would ever label as a bad person. Carson Wentz is a phenomenal human being whose heart is in the right place. We’ve all made mistakes. The only difference between 11 and the rest of us is we’ve watched him make his mistakes on television.
On behalf of Birds fans everywhere, we at ITI wish Mr. Wentz the best of luck in his journey going forward. We just hope he falls flat on his face if our team bumps into his at a Super Bowl or something.