Philadelphia Eagles: Most Valuable Eagle of the Year

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With Philadelphia Eagles regular season wrapping up, and postseason play on the way, let’s look back at 2017 and name the Most Valuable Eagles of the Year.

Of all the players to suit up for the Philadelphia Eagles, or really any sports team in general, no one has personified what it means to be a Philadelphian more than Carson Wentz.

After putting together an incredibly promising rookie season after being selected second overall in the 2016 NFL Draft out of North Dakota State, Wentz really came into his own during his sophomore campaign, and was on pace to make a serious push for the NFL MVP, before ultimately tearing his ACL on a failed touchdown run against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 14.

And while this injury was incredibly disheartening, it somehow wasn’t the end of the Wentz Wagon’s season.

Down one wheel, literally, Wentz put the team on his back and continued to make plays. Where some other players would have immediately left the game when they felt their knee pop, Wentz went back to the huddle, called the play, and fired a bullet to Alshon Jeffery to seal an Eagles victory, and cement their spot in the 2017 NFL playoffs.

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While Wentz will surely be missed on the field, the lasting mark he’s left on the team far surpasses that of a typical signal caller.

The Eagles are Wentz’s team, plain and simple.

While the team has had to fall back on their next man up mentality a lot this season, with the loss of star players like Darren Sproles, Jason Peters, Jordan Hicks and Chris Maragos, the team arguably wouldn’t have even sniffed the playoffs without Wentz’s mastery of the game’s most important position. The former Bison has established himself as one of the most exciting players in all of sports. He’s a wizard in the pocket who’s charisma both on and off the field has scored him legions of fans including Barack Obama and LeBron James.

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Carson Wentz will surely be missed when the Philadelphia Eagles make their playoff debut in early 2018, but it’s not the end of the world. Wentz is our baby, and will likely be leading the Birds into Lincoln Financial Field for the next decade-plus. If he can return to full strength next season, he’ll consistently keep the Eagles in Super Bowl contention for the remainder of his career, and will likely continue to win the Most Valuable Eagle of the Year.