NFL quarterback Carson Wentz made a serious case as the Most Valuable Player during the Philadelphia Eagles' magical season five years ago.
But Wentz suffered a season-ending knee injury late that year — and then watched backup Nick Foles shock the sports world by leading the Eagles to a Super Bowl victory against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.
Things haven't been the same for Wentz since.
He endured further injuries, being benched, a trade to the Indianapolis Colts, and then just a season later, a trade to the Washington Commanders. In that time, Wentz has been ripped constantly for poor play — but far worse, he's been accused repeatedly of being a "bad teammate," not only when he was with the Eagles but also during his stint with the Colts. One writer even accused Wentz of being the recipient of white privilege.
None of this can possibly sit well with Wentz, who's an outspoken and committed Christian. Unfortunately, things this season have been much the same: another injury, another benching, and then heaps of blame for the Commanders missing the playoffs.
But amid what may have been the lowest of low points this season, Wentz quietly did something that shows by many accounts that he's not only a good teammate but also that he possesses a ton of class.
'He's just an unbelievable human being'
Wentz watched from the sidelines as rookie quarterback Sam Howell made his first NFL start Sunday and promptly led the Commanders to a victory over the heavily favored Dallas Cowboys. According to Howell, Wentz gave him his suite at the Commanders' stadium so Howell's family could enjoy the game all the more:
"I know a lot of people have said some negative things about Carson, but he's just an unbelievable human being, and he's just awesome to be around, and for him to give me his suite for my first start means a lot," Howell said.
Here's what a few others had to say about Wentz's move:
- "Regardless of how things ended up on the field, Carson Wentz was an excellent teammate," Commanders Wire tweeted.
- "Classy Carson," MLFootball tweeted.
- "Sam Howell’s family and friends were sitting in Carson Wentz’s suite at FedEx Field Sunday," another commenter said. "Scorned and criticized by fans, Wentz rose above it to do a good thing for his teammate."
- "Never seen an NFL player navigate a gauntlet of injury, regime change, and disrespect the way [Wentz] has and still carry themselves with absolute class," another user observed.
- "Carson Wentz is and has been nothing but class," another commenter noted.
- "Even though things didn’t go well here for Wentz, I will always support him because of the class he showed," another user said.
Here's a post with some photographic evidence that takes a satirical shot at Wentz's critics. Content warning: Language
And more kudos from a college basketball coach:
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