MVP contender to cheerleader
Wentz supports Foles as Philadelphia gets set to play New England in Super Bowl
Carson Wentz made the rounds along Radio Row at last year’s Super Bowl and promised himself he’d back for this one.
He’s here, but only as a cheerleader.
Wentz led the Philadelphia Eagles to a 10-2 start before he tore his left anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and lateral collateral ligament (LCL) in Week 14. Nick Foles replaced him, helped the Eagles clinch the NFC East and secure the No. 1 seed, and was spectacular in the conference championship game against Minnesota. Wentz watched both playoff games from the sideline: the victory over the Falcons on crutches and the rout of the Vikings on a cane. He’s rooting hard for his teammates and enjoying their success without him. Wentz will be their No. 1 fan Sunday when they take on the New England Patriots and try to win the franchise’s first NFL title since 1960.
It’s not easy for any competitor to be forced to sit out.
“It’s just tough knowing that could be you,” said Wentz, who is walking without assistance now.
“I had my sights set on this thing since I knew we weren’t making the playoffs last year. I had my sights set on playing in Minneapolis. It’s right down the road from home. Here we are. It just looks different for me.” Wentz, from neighbouring North Dakota, is more than just a spectator. He has been a major presence around the team following surgery, goes to quarterback meetings, watches film and supports Foles as much as possible.
“He’s been outstanding,” offensive co-ordinator Frank Reich said. “One of the greatest things about a person is when you see him celebrating somebody else’s success.
To be happy for Nick who is at your position, who could potentially be stealing another person’s thunder, that’s the pretty cool thing about, of all the great things that he’s done this year, even more exemplifies the kind of leader that he is.”