Throughout the season, Eagles starting quarterback Carson Wentz
was performing at such a stellar level that he was a favorite for the honor as the league's Most Valuable Player. Yet what was equally clear was that Wentz was as on fire about his Christian faith as he was about his success on the gridiron.
"If you love your job, love your wife, you love what you do, you're going to talk about it," Wentz says. "Well, I
love Jesus. That's what I love, so I'm going to talk about it." Wentz's mantra, which is tattoed on his wrist, is "Audience of One." It is also the name of the foundation he started which has built a Christian outreach center in Haiti.
"I look to Colossians 3:23," Wentz explains. It says that 'whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as you are working for the Lord and not for human masters.' So when I'm playing football and it's good, bad, or ugly, I realize I'm not trying to please the fans or the media. I'm just trying to play for the Lord and know where it's at."
The stunning storyline of the Super Bowl was the phenomenal game played by Eagles backup quarterback Nick Foles
, who took over under center when Wentz was sidelined with a season-ending injury. Foles has been a journeyman quarterback who has shown flashes of brilliance and mediocrity over the years. Yet his all-star play was the catalyst for a Super Bowl game for the ages.
Foles is a seminary student, and plans to become a pastor when his football days are over. He wants his focus to be on high school students. "So much temptation in the world, so much going on with social media and the internet. I want to share the weaknesses I worked through, and impact young people's hearts."
The average career of an NFL player is said to be anywhere from 3 to 6 years. And Carson Wentz is one who puts all of that in eternal perspective. "Given the glitz and glam of this lifestyle, people see all this fame and money and think it's the ultimate dream."
"At the end of the day, it's all for nothing. It's all going to be fleeting. We're all going to leave the earth at some time, and we can't take it with us. Honestly, on the field and in everything you do, it gives me a bigger picture."While we normally devote the content of the Jeff City Update to matters of government and public policy, we at times give attention to developments in the culture. And this is one of those occasions. And no, it is not because I am an Eagles fan. I am a passionate fan of the Arizona Cardinals.