What’s the best way to squash an old rivalry?
A couple emojis, of course.
Not long after the Eagles traded up to No. 49 to take Dallas Goedert out of South Dakota State (see story), his new quarterback Carson Wentz, who once led rival North Dakota State, sent the tight end a series of text messages to congratulate him.
“Yeah, he actually texted me right after I got picked,” Goedert said on a conference call with Philadelphia reporters Friday night. “We had a little conversation.”
The conversation between the 23-year-old tight end and his 25-year-old quarterback began with a couple of emojis, because … of course it did.
“The first one was, ‘Let’s go homie with sunglasses and a pound-fist,’” Goedert said.
The next message from Wentz said they have “some business to do,” to which Goedert replied, “I’m excited and can’t wait to get out there and play with you.”
While they were once rivals, it seems like Wentz and Goedert are going to get along fine in Philadelphia. The two actually met earlier this spring, when Goedert visited the NovaCare Complex on his top-30 visit. (The Eagles also met with him at the combine and sent tight ends coach Justin Peelle to his pro day.) Wentz and Goedert met briefly in the hallway of the building and had a short chat. In addition to both being from the Dakotas and playing for rival colleges, they also share an agency.
“I watched him a lot,” Goedert said. “He’s an incredible quarterback, the best in the NFL. To be able to play with him, that’s going to be a lot of fun.”
Goedert is from Britton, South Dakota, and went to Britton-Hecla High School before he went to play for the Jackrabbits. After a redshirt season in 2013, Goedert had a slow progression until he broke out with two 1,000-yard seasons in 2016 and 2017.
While the Eagles aren’t necessarily running their picks by Wentz before they make them, the franchise quarterback let his opinion about Goedert be known. He was high on Goedert after obviously seeing plenty of him over the past few years.
“[Wentz has] been around the building, kind of talking to us about [Goedert] a little bit,” Eagles executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman said. “He’s excited. I know just from the texts some of us have gotten, the quarterbacks are excited. Joe (Douglas) said it best, this is a friend for the quarterback.”
Like North Dakota State, South Dakota State is also a Division I FCS school. Eagles personnel head Douglas said he liked the way Goedert dominated at that level. The Eagles said similar things when they drafted Wentz at No. 2 in 2016.
During Goedert’s four years playing at South Dakota State, the Jackrabbits were 2-4 against the Bison, including two losses in the playoffs. But they did win the last two regular-season games in Goedert’s college career against the Bison.
So just how big of a rivalry is there between the two programs?
“It was big,” Goedert said. “It’s definitely our biggest rivalry. We were able to win two of the last three. We never beat Carson. But we were able to win the last two regular-season games and they were really big games for us, a lot of fun playing them.”
Now, Goedert is hoping it’ll be just as fun to play with one at the next level.