Sunday was tough for football fans in the city of Philadelphia. Carson Wentz exited the game, walked off the field and into the locker room, and the mood was somber.
It didn't take long for reports to swirl that the Eagles feared the worst, that their MVP-caliber quarterback could be lost for the season.
The Birds went on to win the game but it was bittersweet without the prospect of Wentz leading them to the Super Bowl.
Star athletes from all of sports shared messages of support. From fellow star quarterbacks lost for the season like DeShaun Watson to brothers in the city who have dealt with injuries of their own like Joel Embiid, everybody hated to see Wentz go down.
You could feel the negativity oozing through the city.
Monday came and Doug Pederson confirmed what we already believed. Wentz was gone for the year and Nick Foles takes the job of leading the Birds to the promise land. Hope was dim but not extinguished.
Then Eagles Nation got the pep talk (tweeted) it needed from the one person who would never lie to them and only inspire them, Brian Dawkins.
Birdgang, Take Heart! Don’t bye into the neg emotions. @JordanHicks @DarrenSproles @ChrisMaragos Jason Peters & now @cj_wentz r leaders that continue 2 help us win by giving of themselves. WE will rally behind a confident #9 Do me a huge favor.. Rally & BELIEVE!!#FlyEaglesFly— Brian Dawkins (@BrianDawkins) December 11, 2017
Birdgang, Take Heart! Don’t bye into the neg emotions.
@JordanHicks @DarrenSproles @ChrisMaragos Jason Peters & now @cj_wentz r leaders that continue 2 help us win by giving of themselves. WE will rally behind a confident #9 Do me a huge favor.. Rally & BELIEVE!! #FlyEaglesFly
I'm still bummed but Weapon X has me feeling a little better. The Eagles season isn't over just yet. It's time for Nick Foles to write a storybook ending.
These injuries are out of control this season. Feeling for you @cj_wentz. Wishing you all the best brother!!— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) December 11, 2017
#11 is the man. Pure and simple. He will be missed and we will support our brother!! But I believe in Nick. Played with him in StL. Also saw him have an historic year in Philly. Everyone’s just gotta take it up a notch!!! 🦅🦅🦅— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) December 11, 2017
We know he is a warrior and I know gods got a plan for him and all of us🙏🏾— Nelson Agholor (@nelsonagholor) December 11, 2017
NFC East Champs! So proud of the resiliency of this team. Such a special group of men.— Carson Wentz (@cj_wentz) December 11, 2017
And I greatly appreciate all the prayers! I know my God is a powerful one with a perfect plan. Time to just lean in to him and trust whatever the circumstances! #Proverbs3:5-6
Love you bro... thanks for starting us off with such an amazing year and being a great leader!! we got this for you!! @cj_wentz— Kamu Grugier-Hill (@k_grugierhill) December 11, 2017