Carson Wentz game check promised to kicker going to charity
It sounds like Carson Wentz and Jake Elliott have figured out a perfect way to resolve the issue involving how the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback last Sunday promised his game check to his kicker teammate: Donating said check to charity.
It all started when Wentz was overheard on the sideline telling teammate Kamu Grugier-Hill that he would give Elliott his game check should the kicker drill a 61-yard, game-winning field goal attempt in the waning moments of Sunday’s game against the New York Giants.
Of course, the rookie kicker nailed it, sending the Eagles to a thrilling 27-24 victory and putting Wentz on the hook to hand over his $31,765 game check to Elliott.
“I knew I was miked up, but I didn’t really think about it during the game at all, and then afterwards I’m like, ‘Oh, I said that, didn’t I?’ But it was all good,” Wentz said, via ESPN’s Tim McManus. “I thought it was funny.”
It was unclear as late as Wednesday morning whether Wentz would actually fork over the money to Elliott. The Eagles second-year quarterback took to Twitter to acknowledge something was to be done about the situation. It turns out that Wentz and Elliott have agreed the aforementioned game check will be donated to a charity of the Eagles kicker’s choice.
Just to set things straight:
My man @jake_elliott22 and I are excited to be donating and helping out a charity of his choice!
— Carson Wentz (@cj_wentz) September 27, 2017
Elliott, who will make $465,000 this season, hasn’t yet decided which charity the money will go to, but clearly feels good about the outcome.
“We’ll give back as much as we can,” Elliott said.
Wentz concurred it was the right thing to do.
“That’s kind of why we have this platform, why we play this game,” Wentz said, “and I never lose sleep over helping others.”