After Carson Wentz' impressive NFL debut against the Browns Sunday (a 29-10 Eagles win), a reporter asked the rookie if he was ready for what comes next — being a star quarterback in the city of Philadelphia.
The QB responded: “I will see what happens. At the end of the day, for me it’s still just about playing football. I have to block out the noise, both good and bad, and just get back to work. That’s what it’s about and the goal is to go 1-0 each week.”
Tuesday, President Barrack Obama visited Philadelphia to stump for Hillary Clinton. To open his address in front of the Art Museum, the President mentioned the Eagles' standout.
"Some of you may have seen Joe Biden at the Eagles game," he said. "He told me, 'Barack, you gotta get on the Wentz Wagon. We got a new quarterback. We got hope in Philly.'"
"I am a Bears fan," Obama continued. "We play Philly next Monday night. So I got to stick with my team but I am going to scout out what all the fuss is about."
A few scattered boos and laughs followed, but it seems clear that Wentz, the youthful looking redhead from North Dakota, is the most important man in Philadelphia sports. Sunday he threw for 278 yards, two touchdowns and had no interceptions — the best debut for a rookie quarterback in Philly in more than 30 years.
Commerce has responded. According to Fanatics, which runs NFL Shop and more than 300 shops that sell NFL gear across the country, Wentz has had the highest selling jersey since Sunday, followed by Odell Beckham Jr., Tom Brady, Dak Prescott and Antonio Brown.
Expect to see more and more No. 11 jerseys across the city as the season continues.