It’s common for athletes to praise God after a win, but quarterback Carson Wentz of the Philadelphia Eagles took to social media to praise God after a humbling loss.
The Eagles fell to the Seattle Seahawks Sunday 17-9, with Wentz completing 33 of 45 passes for 256 yards and one touchdown – but losing two fumbles and tossing two interceptions.
Philadelphia tumbled to 5-6 and second in the NFC East behind the first-place Cowboys. The Eagles have five games left.
On Monday, Wentz posted a message on Twitter and Instagram, thanking God and pledging to work harder.
“Praise HIM in victory & defeat, the hills and the valleys, the good and the bad,” Wentz wrote. “No excuses whatsoever ... time to go to work and be better. Gotta keep fighting and keep believing! Gonna be a fun ride the rest of the season! #AO1 #flyeaglesfly.”
Praise HIM in victory & defeat, the hills and the valleys, the good and the bad 🙏🏻— Carson Wentz (@cj_wentz) November 25, 2019
No excuses whatsoever... time to go to work and be better. Gotta keep fighting and keep believing! Gonna be a fun ride the rest of the season! #AO1 #flyeaglesfly pic.twitter.com/1OuaAd7Sza
Wentz is known for his Christian faith. His Twitter bio reads, in order: “Follower of Christ | Husband | QB for the Philadelphia Eagles.”
“#AO1” is a reference to “Audience of One” – a common phrase used among Christian athletes but also the name of Wentz’s Audience of One Foundation, which he founded in 2017. The Foundation includes a hunger ministry, an outdoors ministry for children with physical challenges and life-threatening illnesses, and a Haiti sports ministry.
Wentz was drafted out of North Dakota State and was a critical part of the Eagles’ Super Bowl championship team in 2017. Philadelphia was 11-2 when he suffered a season-ending injury that year. Nick Foles, a quarterback also known for his Christian faith, replaced Wentz.
When he was injured in 2017, Wentz posted on Twitter, “I greatly appreciate all the prayers! I know my God is a powerful one with a perfect plan. Time to just lean into him and trust whatever the circumstances! #Proverbs3:5-6”
Michael Foust is a freelance writer. Visit his blog, MichaelFoust.com.
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Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, The Leaf-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.