It's not quite the MVP. Still, Carson Wentz beat out Tom Brady, at least for one award.
Wentz was named the NFL FedEx Air Player of the Year Saturday. Rams running back Todd earned FedEx Ground Player of the Year honors.
FedEx will donate $50,000 to the USO in each player's name.
The Eagles' second-year quarterback beat out fellow finalists Brady and Alex Smith. Since the award is decided by fan voting, he can thank enthusiastic Eagles fans for the accolade.
If you're reading this, you probably don't need to be reminded what Wentz did to earn this award — 33 touchdown passes, 3,926 yards passing, just seven interceptions, leading the Eagles to the No. 1 seed in the NFC. You can't deny that he had a special season.
However, Brady is still expected to win his third MVP award Saturday night. Unlike the FedEx Air and Ground Players of the Year, the MVP is determined by the votes of a panel of sportswriters.
The NFL honors show begins at 9 p.m. on NBC, as the league will announce the winners for MVP, Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year, Offensive and Defensive Rookie of the Year, and Coach of the Year. The Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018 will also be announced. Former Eagles Brian Dawkins and Terrell Owens are two of the finalists.
On the latest edition of Eagle Eye, a Philadelphia Eagles podcast, Derrick Gunn and Barrett Brooks share stories from their fishing trip over the weekend. Is it believable when the Eagles keep calling themselves underdogs? How OTAs are different today compared to when Barrett played. Also, Johnny Manziel is playing football again. Will we ever see him back in the NFL?
Also, how Barrett won an Emmy working on Hard Knocks.
1:00 - Gunner and Barrett's weekend fishing trip.
5:00 - Guys caught a hot streak fishing.
6:30 - What is Gunner's family like?
10:30 - Do you believe it when the Eagles use an underdog mindset?
14:30 - Difference between OTA's today compared to when Barrett played.
17:00 - Barrett won an Emmy working on Hard Knocks
21:00 - Guys think the Browns (yes those Browns) will be competitive this season.
25:30 - Johnny Manziel is back in football.
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For a long time, Zach Ertz has always said that he’s emulated future Hall of Famer Jason Witten. Ertz loved the way he played and the way he handled himself on and off the field.
Turns out it’s mutual.
Because after Ertz went on social media to say goodbye to Witten after the longtime Dallas Cowboy retired recently, Witten returned the favor and praised Ertz.
That’s pretty crazy. Witten played 15 years, a total of 247 games including the playoffs. And, according to him, the only other person to ever leave the field with his jersey is Ertz. It's become commonplace for players in the league to trade jerseys after games. During an NFL season, a peek into someone's locker will reveal a few jerseys of different colors. Witten's was probably be in demand, but Ertz is the only player to ever get one.
It’s clear that Ertz gained Witten’s respect and Witten has probably heard the praise from Ertz before. He heard it again when Ertz tweeted earlier in May.
“First off, I want to say congratulations to someone that had a profound impact on my career, by just being the man he is!” Ertz wrote. “At 17 years old when I was trying to figure out what a tight end meant and what they embodies I started following the tight end for the Cowboys. Everything he did on the field and off, I tried to emulate.”
Oddly enough, this season Ertz made his first Pro Bowl, but couldn’t go because the Eagles were in the Super Bowl. Guess who took his place? Yup, Witten.
Earlier this spring, Ertz said it’s strange to think that other tight ends are now growing up and trying to emulate him. He’s just trying to set as good an example as Witten did.