Philadelphia Eagles fans are on cloud nine.
As their team struggled through a 7-9 season in 2016, they continued to grow restless.
But to everyone’s surprise, the Eagles got off to a roaring start in 2017, led by second-year quarterback Carson Wentz.
Wentz helped spark a resurgence on the field and in the Philadelphia locker room, where his leadership and faith inspired and motivated his teammates.
Not only has Wentz won over the Eagles and the Philly fans, but the young quarterback has taken over the entire country.
— SPORTSRADIO 94WIP (@SportsRadioWIP) January 25, 2018
Wentz was the NFL Shop’s top seller in nine states — Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, Kentucky, Utah, Delaware, North Dakota and Montana — and the District of Columbia.
He was also No. 1 in overall sales, which includes jerseys along with all other merchandise bearing a player’s name or likeness.
Rounding out the top 5 in jersey sales for the 2017 season were Dak Prescott at No. 3, Antonio Brown at No. 4 and Ezekiel Elliott at No. 5 (NFL Shop) and Prescott, Elliott and Rob Gronkowski (Dick’s).
Wentz won over fans with his genuine heart for people.
One example is Lukas Kusters, a young fan who was buried in a Carson Wentz jersey after succumbing to stomach cancer. Wentz holds Lukas’ memory dear as he wears a green bracelet on his wrist every game to honor his biggest fan.
In 13 games this season, Wentz threw for 3,296 yards and 33 touchdowns.
He was considered an MVP favorite before suffering a torn ACL late in Philadelphia’s Week 14 game against the Los Angeles Rams.
The injury would sideline Wentz for the rest of the season, as he gave way to backup quarterback Nick Foles to finish what the Eagles started.
Despite the injury, Wentz’s jersey sales continued to rise, perhaps because of his character in handling the devastating blow.
Wentz said in a video that he “will be with the team along the way. I will be supporting them. … I have the utmost confidence in Nick and the coaching staff and everybody else that they’ll step up. We’ve been plagued with injuries all year long and it’s just been the next-man-up mentality and that’s going to continue. Nick’s going to to an amazing job leading this team and I’m going to be there to help.”
Behind Foles, the Eagles now find themselves preparing for the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots.
Philadelphia will look to win its first Super Bowl on Feb. 4 in Minnesota.
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