News of Carson Wentz’s jersey number with Colts broken by inspiring Eagles superfan
Carson Wentz escaped Philadelphia with few fans of the team remaining in his corner. One young and inspirational Eagles fan, however, always stuck with Wentz and supported the once-embattled signal-caller through thick and thin and continues to do so, even though the quarterback is now a member of the Indianapolis Colts.
That’s why it was so heartwarming to see how news of Wentz’s new jersey number was “broken” ahead of his trade to the Colts becomes official this week.
On Wednesday morning, Eagles superfan Giovanni Hamilton shared an image of himself on Twitter rocking Wentz’s No. 2 Colts jersey. Wentz apparently sent Hamilton the jersey, and the youngster known as the “Phillly Spots Podcaster” on Twitter was more than happy to showcase it on social media.
Hamilton has Schwartz-Jampel syndrome, which his mother compares to a cross between muscular dystrophy and dwarfism. The young man has endured 15 surgeries since the age of 2. He has long backed Wentz, as footage from Eagles training camp in 2019 shows Hamilton moved to tears after meeting his “hero.”
Last December when the vitriol and hostility toward Wentz rose to a fever pitch in Philly due to the quarterback’s nightmarish 2020 campaign, Hamilton offered up words of encouragement in a video shared on social media. In an act of class and humility, Wentz responded to the 13-year-old’s inspiring words of encouragement with a heartfelt message of his own.
There was much speculation leading up to Hamilton’s tweet over what number Wentz would choose with his new team. The uncertainty stemmed from how Colts wide receiver Michael Pittman showed no interest in relinquishing No. 11, which Wentz has worn since his collegiate days at North Dakota State.
And now, thanks to Hamilton, the news has been broken.