2018.02.22 19:27 | Sean Carter
In Week 1 of the 2017 NFL regular season, the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Washington Redskins 30-17. The Eagles offensive line, which was ranked No. 1 in the league by Pro Football Focus during the offseason, did an excellent job of blocking for Philadelphia’s franchise quarterback Carson Wentz, who finished the game 26-for-39 passing with 307 yards and two touchdowns.
Philadelphia’s offensive front allowed just two sacks and kept Wentz clean for the most part. That’s what they’re paid to do, but it always helps when a team’s blockers genuinely have the best interest of their quarterback in mind.
The Eagles locker room loves Wentz. He has shown leadership qualities from Day 1 and only continues to improve on the field as Philadelphia’s trajectory points upward. But it’s not just his demeanor on and off the field that has endeared Wentz to his teammates. Acts of kindness and appreciation have also helped Wentz build camaraderie with his teammates, especially his offensive linemen.
Last Christmas, Wentz purchased more than $24,000 worth of customized shotguns as gifts for his offensive linemen. It’s not uncommon for quarterbacks to buy extravagant gifts for the big boys up front. After all, their livelihood lies in the hands of their blockers each week.
An avid hunter himself, Wentz used his first opportunity to thank his offensive linemen to buy them something that was representative of his interests and personality. Wentz bought every Eagles offensive lineman a Beretta Silver Pigeon shotgun that has each player’s number engraved on the butt of their gun.
Each gun was estimated to cost about $2,000 a pop.
“This is an awesome gun. I’m excited about it,” former Eagles offensive guard and fellow hunter Allen Barbre said. “I don’t know if I’ll shoot it, though. It’s pretty nice.”
For what it’s worth, the Eagles are now 2-0 since Wentz gave the gift to his offensive linemen, dating back to last year’s Week 17 victory over the Dallas Cowboys.
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