by Brian McCombie - Thursday, January 11, 2018
Carson Wentz, starting quarterback for the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles, is an avid hunter. And being an avid hunter, he recently posted a couple photos of his hunting dog, Henley, onto his Twitter account. Soon afterward, he was informed that his tweet was potentially offensive.
As Fox News.com reported, Wentz’s original tweet read, "Happy 5th Birthday to Mama Henley! We’ve been through a lot in 5 years. Best dog and hunting buddy I could ask for!" The tweet contained two pics of Henley, one of which showed her standing behind a row of geese taken during a successful hunt.
In response, another person on Twitter commented, “As a friend I wanted to quickly highlight that a man in your influential position might cause offence (sic) through the posting of your first picture [Henley with geese]. I support its sentiment however the context and content of the pic could offend.”
Wentz wasn’t having any of that. His response: “Appreciate that, but offensive and controversial? Two of the main things I tweet about are Jesus and hunting. That’s what I’m passionate about and that won’t ever change! When you love something, you talk about it! Stay convicted about it and don’t worry what others think!”
According to FoxNews.com, Wentz’s response was re-tweeted thousands of times and garnered nearly 30,000 “Likes.”
How important are God and hunting to Carson Wentz? Look no further than his charitable Carson Wentz AO1 Foundation that he launched last summer in his home state of North Dakota—one of multiple reasons Wentz was voted Area Person of the Year by The Forum, a on of the state’s leading daily newspapers. “AO1” stands for Audience of One, “a symbol Wentz has tattooed on his wrist signifying he lives his life only for Christ,” ABC affiliate WDAZ.com reported. The AO1 Foundation’s mission is, “to demonstrate the love of God by providing opportunities and support for those less fortunate and those in need.” (Click here to visit the AO1 Foundation’s Facebook page.)
As WDAZ.com explained, “Wentz aims to help underprivileged kids overseas, to provide hunting and outdoors opportunities for underserved children in the Midwest and to provide service dogs for youths in the Philadelphia area.”
Wentz—whose accomplishments are notable both on and off the field—and his brother, Zach, also have a YouTube channel, Wentz Brothers Outdoors. “Just a couple of brothers filming and producing their own hunts and outdoor experiences and sharing it with the World!” the channel explains.
Wentz, who was one of four Eagles players named to the 2017 NFL All-Pro Team, is among the most popular players in the NFL. Good to know he’s not only a fellow hunter, but darned proud of it and willing to share his hunting experiences, too!
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