The Indianapolis Colts’ success next season will hinge on the play of Carson Wentz, who was acquired for a 2021 third-round pick and a conditional second-round in 2022 that will morph into a first-rounder if everything goes according to plan.
While it remains to be seen if Wentz will rebound from what was a disaster of a final year in Philadelphia that saw him benched in favor of Jalen Hurts in Week 12, the early signs out of spring practices suggest he’s making a fantastic adjustment to life in Indianapolis.
To say that Wentz is an extremely likable character and easy to root for would be an understatement, and we say that despite what the Philly media reported about his lack of leadership skills and how he lost the locker room when faced with adversity.
Though the former No. 2 overall pick would like to forget almost everything about his Eagles tenure, he admirably decided to keep one key part of his daily attire.
During organized team activities, Wentz was spotted donning an arm sleeve with a fitting quote (given the current climate of the country) from Martin Luther King Jr. For those unaware, he wore the same arm sleeve in Philadelphia, and it’s awesome to see it in blue print.
Colts fans will love quarterback Carson Wentz’s arm sleeve at OTAs.
If you’re on social media, you probably know that Wentz has been on the front lines throughout the country’s ongoing fight against racism and social injustice. The 28-year-old first debuted the sleeve last year, just days after he promised to fuel the conversation about racial inequality.
"“I went to high school in North Dakota I think I had just a couple black classmates,” Went told reporters after the sleeve made headlines last year. “And it’s something that was so foreign to me. “And so now really, this offseason, I took a real look into showing empathy and understanding what has it been like to be a black man in this world, in this country. . .”“And so it’s been, being educated a lot, and looking at it through a different lens for me and a lot of things I’ve learned and, by no means that I have all the answers or I have it all figured out, but it’s really heavy on my heart and a lot of guys hearts in this locker room for sure.”"
This didn’t mark the first time Wentz spoke out against racism. Shortly after the murder of George Floyd, an unarmed blacked one who was killed while in police custody last May, Wentz — who grew up in North Dakota, roughly six hours from where the tragedy transpired in Minneapolis — penned a heartfelt message on Twitter.
We normally refrain from getting political on here, but we couldn’t help but remind Colts fans of the compassionate character that Wentz is. There’s no doubting he has a lot to prove on the football field, but the fan base has to be encouraged knowing that the newest face of Indy’s franchise is a willing pioneer in the fight against institutional racism.
If that doesn’t further validate the Colts’ decision to trade for him (not that they considered it during the decision-making process), then nothing does.