Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz will likely never have to worry about money for the rest of his life, but that is not where his focus lies.
In June, Wentz signed a four-year extension worth $128 million, $107.9 million of which is guaranteed, according to ESPN. The deal will keep him with the Eagles through the end of the 2024 season.
Clearly grateful for the opportunity, Wentz posted a video to Twitter expressing his appreciation.
He acknowledged how much he has enjoyed his time playing for the Eagles and thanked the team, his family and, most importantly, his Lord and savior.
“Can’t even explain to you how excited I am right now to be a part of this great city for this many more years,” Wentz said. “It means the world to me.
“From the moment I got drafted here, I knew this place was special. I knew they had the most passionate fans in the world, in all of sports. And I knew we had the opportunity to build something truly special here, and to be cemented here for this much longer means the world to me.”
He then expressed his gratitude, starting with God.
“I want to thank my good Lord and savior Jesus Christ first and foremost for just giving this opportunity and these blessings,” Wentz said.
“I want to thank my wife,” he continued. “She’s been amazing. She’s been my rock. She’s been my biggest supporter throughout all of this. My friends, my family as well.
“I want to thank Jeffrey Lurie, Howie Roseman, coach [Doug] Pederson, the entire organization, all of my teammates for supporting me.
“It’s going to be a fun ride. By no means is the work done. We’re just getting started. This year is going to be special, and I look forward to seeing you guys on Sundays at The Linc this fall. Thanks again. God bless. And go Eagles!”
Even with the large piles of money Wentz will receive under his extension, his faith remains at the forefront.
The first name he credited for his success and his opportunity was Jesus.
Coming from Wentz, this is no surprise. He has long spoken about his faith — without trying to force it upon others. He discussed this balance in 2017 with NBC Sports.
“You’re always walking that fine line, without a doubt,” he said. “I always tell people, for example, if you love your job, you love your wife, you love what you do, you’re going to talk about it. Well, I love Jesus. That’s what I love, so I’m going to talk about it.
“But I’m not going to force it down your throat, either. So it’s definitely a fine line that I’m constantly trying to walk, and at the end of the day, just kind of how I live and what I’m about and hopefully can kind of speak through. If that makes sense.”
Wentz, 26, is about to enter his fourth NFL season.
In 11 games last season, he threw 21 touchdown passes, completed 69.6 percent of his throws for 3,074 yards and tossed seven interceptions.
Healthy this season, Wentz has the opportunity to shine once again as one of the most prominent Christian athletes in America.
–Tom Joyce | westernjournal.com