from our partnerFaithwire
written byTré Goins-Phillips
Playing professional sports in Philadelphia is never easy. Fans can be incredibly harsh when the team isn’t performing well. Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles star quarterback, has been public about his faith during the good times. Now, he’s doing the same in a tougher stretch.
There are, of course, much bigger things to worry about than an unimpressive performance on the field, but Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz is using his team’s struggles this season to remind people to praise God when things are going right and when they’re not.
Wentz posted the faith-filled message to his Twitter account right after the Eagles’ 17-9 loss Sunday to the Seattle Seahawks.
Wentz and his fellow teammates—many of whom have been out of the game due to various injuries this season—have taken a lot of heat for their record this year. So far, the NFL team has had five wins and six losses.
“I have to be better; I have to lead this team better,” Wentz said after Sunday’s game. “I have to protect the football better. We can’t put it on the ground the way we did. It starts with me. It starts with me and I’m frustrated. I know everybody is frustrated with this loss offensively. Like I said, turning the ball over. It starts with me. I have to be better and we will be.”
The Eagles have five more games left to turn their season around—something the Christian quarterback said he’s confident they can do.
“I have a lot of confidence, a lot of confidence in myself to fix things I can correct. Each guy is going to do his part and get it fixed,” he said. “We’re going to turn the page real quick. We’re going to learn from this, turn the page. We have six days to go out and practice, work our tails off and go get a ‘W’ on the road.”
While the Eagles—and Wentz, in particular—have faced a lot of criticism from Philadelphia press, fans of the football player offered up encouraging responses to his faith-inspired tweet:
In 2017, when Wentz’s season came to a close after an ACL tear, he told Christian author and speaker Paul David Tripp that he took comfort in knowing God had a plan for him.
“I knew that I had peace in the fact that there was a bigger story being told and he knows exactly what he’s doing,” Wentz said in 2018. “It might not make sense to me. It might not be what I want or what I like at the time, but he’s working it for the good and it’s gonna reach way more people and be that much more effective.”
Wentz put his faith centerstage once again earlier this year, when he signed a six-year contract with the Eagles. The $154 million deal was historic, as it included $107 million in guaranteed money.
“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 in June.