Carson Wentz’s grandmother, uncle support Eagles ‘100 percent’
JAMESTOWN -- When Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz's grandmother went to watch her grandson play in Dallas, some Cowboys fans saw her shirt supporting the Eagles and immediately started commenting about her grandson.
JAMESTOWN - When Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz's grandmother went to watch her grandson play in Dallas, some Cowboys fans saw her shirt supporting the Eagles and immediately started commenting about her grandson.
"Their comment was, 'We want Carson to have a good game, but we want Dallas to win,'" Bev Schaack said.
She then told the Dallas fans that she was Wentz's grandmother.
"Well I tell you, I got more attention," she said. "They had to take their picture with me. I almost felt like a movie star. My son, Steve, was with me in Dallas, but grandma was more popular than the uncle."
Bev's son, Brad Schaack, who is Wentz's uncle, also had a similar story when he watched his nephew play in Chicago. He said his friend mentioned to other people at the game that Brad was Wentz's uncle, and he too felt like a "rock star."
"On our way back from Soldier Field to our hotel, we obviously hit a few pubs on our way back," he said. "I didn't have to buy a beer. I took a lot of selfies with people I had no idea who they were."
Before Wentz was drafted by the Eagles, the Schaacks said the Minnesota Vikings were their favorite team.
"When you live in this area, that is pretty natural," Bev said.
Bev said it wasn't a problem for her to make the transition to start cheering for the Eagles. She said her favorite team is whatever team her grandson is on.
Brad said he didn't have any problems cheering for the Eagles and had "always kind of liked them." With Wentz going to the Eagles, he said it was pretty simple for him on what team he would be cheering for this season and beyond.
"When the Eagles played the Vikings I was pulling for the Eagles 100 percent," he said. "Family comes first."
He said he was "happy as heck" when he heard the Eagles moved up in the draft because he didn't want Wentz going to the Cleveland Browns "where quarterbacks go to die."
When Bev first heard that Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford was traded to the Minnesota Vikings, she was packing her suitcase to go to Medora with some family members. Once she heard the news by text message that Bradford was traded and Wentz would be starting, she could hardly wait to get to Bismarck to find out the rest of the story. On her trip with family members, they made plans to fly to Philadelphia to watch Wentz's first NFL game as a starting quarterback.
Bradford was traded from the Eagles for a 2017 first-round pick and a fourth-round pick in 2018 that can become a third- or second-round pick based on conditions after Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater suffered a season-ending knee injury in training camp. Prior to the trade, Bradford was the presumptive starting quarterback for the Eagles.
Bev said Wentz wanted to start right away.
"He felt he was ready and he wanted to start," she said.
Brad was delighted when he heard about the Bradford trade because he didn't want to see Wentz sit on the bench for a year.
"You can't replace game experience by holding a clipboard," he said.
The Schaacks said they don't get to talk to Wentz as much because he is busy during the NFL season. Brad said he will text Wentz about once a week and wish him good luck before the next game.
Bev said she does communicate with Wentz by email. She was able to visit with her grandson when he came back for the North Dakota State University homecoming weekend in Fargo.
Brad said Wentz is performing well considering the Eagles pass catchers have dropped 6.1 percent of passes from Wentz this season, which is the fifth-worst rate in the NFL, according to Pro Football Focus. He said the Eagles could have a better record if it weren't for some bad plays and a fumble here and there.
"But that is football," he said.
When the Eagles play in Seattle on Sunday, Brad said Wentz will not be rattled. CenturyLink Field is known for being one of the loudest stadiums for opposing teams to play in.
"The comment has been made that he has ice in his blood because he does stay calm," Bev said.
Brad also said he hopes the Eagles make the playoffs. He thinks if the Eagles are 10-6, the team will have a good chance of doing that.
"I would also love to see them beat Dallas when they play Dallas coming up," he said. "They should have had them the first time."