Q & A with pro quarterback Carson Wentz
Bismarck Century and North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz burst onto the national scene in 2016 as the second player chosen in the NFL Draft. Wentz started every game for the Philadelphia Eagles and was a finalist for rookie of the year. He recently shared his thoughts on the Super Bowl, his pro debut and avoiding injuries.
Q: How has the meaning of the Super Bowl changed in going from a fan last year to a starting quarterback this year?
A: Everyone just flocks to it; everyone wants to watch it. It’s the pinnacle of sports, some would argue. And now for me, being in the NFL, that’s the big goal, that’s the end result. Playing for a national championships in college was terrific, but now the big goal is the Super Bowl.
Q: What’s it been like to have so many folks from your home region continue to cheer you on?
A: The support I’ve had throughout this whole journey and going forward has been unbelievable. It’s one thing to play at North Dakota State – the sport there is top notch. But now all those crazy fans that love Bison football are watching on Sundays, cheering me on as an Eagle. It’s just something that I definitely don’t take for granted, and having that support and that fan base makes playing that much more enjoyable.
Q: You broke your wrist your senior year at NDSU only to return in time to win another national title. How did the team at Sanford help with that process?
A: Working with the team from the surgical staff all the way through the rehab and the whole process – they were very clear of what they needed from me and what kind of things I needed to be doing on my own. They made it really seamless for me. It was tough at first because there was a lot of things I couldn’t do with my wrist, but they just kept telling me, ‘It’s going to come back, just keep working through it.’ Sure enough, it did and it’s been great.
Q: Do you think about concussions as an NFL quarterback? Are there things you do in order to avoid getting them?
A: Concussions are a part of the game. It’s one of those scary things. But you don’t play to be scared of them, but you definitely know the symptoms. You’re aware of them whether it’s for yourself or for protecting other guys on your team because everyone’s aware of how serious a concussion really can get if you don’t treat it right. But at the same time, you don’t go out there fearing for a concussion. As a quarterback, you learn how to protect yourself a little bit more, something I’m still working on.