This was a big year for Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles. The quarterback has seen his last few seasons end unsuccessfully (at least for him) due to injury. While this year was no different in that respect, the way Wentz approached it after it ended was pretty heartwarming.
Carson Wentz’s NFL career
The Eagles drafted Wentz with the second overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft. Here’s what he’s accomplished during his brief but spectacular career:
- 56 games played
- Win-loss record of 32-24
- 14,191 passing yards
- 97 touchdowns
- 35 interceptions
- 6.9 yards per passing attempt
Wentz’s biggest issue is an inability to finish the season. In both 2017 and 2018, his seasons ended due to injury. Both times, backup Nick Foles led the Eagles to postseason success. In 2017, this involved a Super Bowl victory over the favored New England Patriots. In 2018, this meant a wild-card upset over the Bears at Soldier Field.
Entering 2019, Wentz was determined to stay healthy. But his ability to stay on the field hardly mattered if the Eagles, as a unit, couldn’t qualify for the NFC playoffs. With Foles leaving for Jacksonville via free agency, there was no doubt who had to do the job for the Eagles at quarterback.
Wentz’s 2019 season
This season, Wentz led the Eagles to a 9-7 record. He stayed healthy for the entire regular season — the first time he’d done this in three years. Here are Wentz’s numbers:
- 4,039 passing yards
- Completed 63.9% of his passes
- 27 touchdown passes
- Seven interceptions
- 6.7 yards per passing attempt
Wentz and the Eagles had a rocky start to the season, going 1-2 in the first three weeks with embarrassing losses to Atlanta and Detroit. There were other slip-ups along the way, too.
They had another particularly humiliating Week 13 defeat at the hands of Miami. But the Dolphins game was the Eagles’ last loss of the regular season. They won their final four games, including a Week 16 statement game against the division-leading Cowboys.
As Dallas struggled, the Eagles played their best football when they needed it. They won the NFC East and knocked the Cowboys out of the NFC playoff picture. Then, Philadelphia hosted the Seattle Seahawks in the wild-card round.
Carson Wentz’s inspiring message after the Eagles’ playoff loss
As well as Wentz has played, it was all for naught when playoff time came around. In the wild-card matchup, Wentz had to leave the game with a head injury after a questionable hit from Seahawks defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney.
Wentz did not return to the game and the Eagles lost. Despite the team’s disappointment, Wentz took to social media after the game to help spread a positive, uplifting message about the’ season. On Instagram, he posted this message on Monday morning after the loss:
“So dang proud of this team and how we battled and overcame so much this season. Not the ending we envisioned but we will all grow and be stronger because of it! The fight and resiliency that this team displayed was so impressive. Love these guys!”
Wentz also added that he appreciated the “thoughts and prayers” he received post-injury. After reassuring his fans he’d be fine, Wentz ended his caption with, “Onward to next year … big things comin’, believe that!”
Wentz has had incredibly bad luck when it comes to past injuries. His last three seasons ended with him on the bench or sideline. But Wentz’s message shows he has the resolve to return to the field. If his play down the stretch was any indication, the Eagles will have a gamer under center for years to come.
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