In just two years with the Philadelphia Eagles, Carson Wentz has already left a mark on the NFL by breaking records and winning player of the year, but he hasn’t forgotten his roots and the people who’ve supported him along the way. Wentz made a trip to his home state to visit with some of his youngest fans in a VIP session.
25 lucky kids won the opportunity to meet Carson Wentz face-to-face. For some of the kids, it came as a total surprise.
“My dad got a phone call and he freaked out, and then, I had no idea what was going on and then he pointed, ‘You and me,’ and then, when he got off of the phone call and he said, ‘We’re going to meet Carson Wentz, Lily!'” says Lily Keeland, VIP Youth.
One by one, the children stepped up to shake hands with Wentz and snap a picture together.
“He kind of just signed my things, we didn’t talk very much but it was still fun, very much,” says Logan Foss, VIP Youth.
“I felt really, really happy. Because there’s not a lot of kids that get to meet him,” says Shiloh Rosland, VIP Youth.
Later, Wentz answered the crowd’s questions varying from his favorite foods and activities to more serious questions about religion.
“Carson Wentz has got a great story, he’s a great North Dakota guy, a man of faith, of principle, and he’s the kind of people that I want my kids looking up to,” says Mike Rosland, Parent.
Many parents respect the quarterback for his strong work ethic and morals, and were glad to have their children meet a good role model.
“I think it’s great for these kids to have that to look up to and say, ‘You can– no matter where you come from, whatever you want to do, go out and do it,'” says Jennifer Brossart, Parent.
With seven successful years of Football down, it’ll be interesting to see what’s coming next.
The kids who didn’t win the VIP experience were able to show off their Football skills on the field with some of the Minot State Football team. Plus, they were all welcome to sit at the foot of the stage during the Q&A and interacted with Wentz during the light-hearted, rapid-fire question session.