Last week the Philadelphia Eagles extended the contract of quarterback Carson Wentz by four-years, locking him in with the Eagles through the 2024 season.
The contract represented the largest amount of guaranteed money in NFL history.
In a video shared to Twitter, Wentz explained how excited he was to continue with the team for another four years.
“Can’t even explain to you how excited I am to be a part of this great city for this many more years,” Wentz said in a Twitter post.
“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 all of sports. And I knew we had the opportunity to build something truly special here. To be cemented here for this much longer means the world to me.”
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the massive contract was worth $154 million for a total of six years – but the $107 million in guaranteed money is what’s making headlines, as it’s reportedly the most in NFL history.
“I want to thank my good Lord and Savior Jesus Christ first and foremost for just giving me these opportunities and these blessings,” Wentz said.
“I want to thank my wife,” he added. “She’s been amazing. She’s been my rock. She’s been my biggest supporter throughout all of this. My friends and family as well. I want to thank Jeffrey Lurie, Howie Roseman, Coach Pederson, the entire organization, all of my teammates for supporting me. It’s going to be a fun ride.”
The fans reactions
Fans seemed equally excited about Wentz’s four-year-extension, congratulating him on Twitter, and sharing their excitement on the platform.
Some of the reactions can be seen in the following tweets:
Wentz’s faith on and off the field
Wentz has always been outspoken about his faith and his purpose in life pointing to Christ. Through hardships and triumphs, and everything in-between, Carson has placed his relationship with God above everything else.
In 2017, Wentz faced one of the greatest trials of his NFL career. During the season, he experienced a season-ending injury when he tore his ACL. Yet, Wentz still stayed steadfast in his faith, looking to God during this time of trouble.
“I just remember saying, ‘Jesus, Jesus, Jesus,’ over and over, like ‘I need you, I need you,’” Wentz said in an interview with Sports Spectrum. “Trainers were looking at it, doing their test and I honestly wasn’t even paying attention to their tests, I was just laying back, ‘Jesus, Jesus, Jesus.’”
“He’s the only one that can make it better. He’s the only one that provides me peace and at the same time, it’s Your will, because I knew I needed Him emotionally, physically, kind of everything in that moment.”