Former Bison quarterback Carson Wentz made history when the Philadelphia Eagles traded up to select him as the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. It was the highest draft selection of any player from the FCS in the history of the draft. Wentz had a superstar career at North Dakota State University, thrilling fans as a passer and rusher and leading NDSU to two FCS national championships. Counting his redshirt freshman and backup seasons, the Bismarck, ND, native won five national championships with NDSU. Read more about Carson Wentz.

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About Carson Wentz
North Dakota State senior quarterback Carson Wentz. David Samson / The Forum

Quarterback Carson Wentz put together a remarkable career at North Dakota State with dominating performances passing and running the ball. Wentz, a graduate of Bismarck Century High School, led the Bison to two FCS national championships. And, counting his redshirt freshman year, he won a total of five national championships with NDSU.

Wentz threw for 5,115 yards, 45 touchdowns, and completed 64 percent of his passes over the course of his 43-game college career. He rushed for another 1,028 yards.

NFL scouts were impressed, and the pre-draft buzz grew around Wentz. He was selected as the No. 2 overall pick by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2016 NFL draft. That's the highest any FCS player has ever been selected. The Eagles traded several draft picks to move from No. 8 to No. 2 and get in position to draft Wentz.

Former NDSU quarterbacks Easton Stick and Carson Wentz share a laugh during Wentz's AO1 charity softball game at Newman Outdoor Field on Saturday, June 26, 2021. David Samson / The Forum

Wentz started all 16 games for the Eagles his rookie year, completing 62.4 percent of his passes for 3,783 yards and 16 touchdowns (14 interceptions).

With a strong start to his second season, there was talk that Wentz might be named the league MVP. But he suffered a knee injury late in the year and was on the sidelines for the rest of the season, as the Eagles won the Super Bowl with Nick Foles under center. Wentz played for the Eagles from 2016-2020, spent 2021 with the Indianapolis Colts and was traded to the Washington Commanders ahead of the 2022 season. He was released by by the Commanders in February 2023, and is currently a free agent.

Wentz has thrown for over 22,000 yards in his first seven seasons in the NFL, completing 62.6 percent of his passes and throwing 151 touchdowns.

Honors earned by Wentz:

  • Highest-drafted FCS player in NFL history (No. 2)
  • Only player in Philadelphia Eagles history to throw for over 4,000 yards in a single season (2019).
  • Bert Bell Award winner (2017)
  • 2022 Pro Bowl alternate
  • Holds the Eagles record for touchdown passes (33) in a season (2017).
  • 2016 Senior Bowl
  • 2015, 2016 NCAA Division I Championship Game Most Outstanding Player
  • 2014 College Sporting News Fab 50 All-America
  • 2014 College Sporting News FCS Playoff MVP
  • 2014, 2015 All-MVFC Honorable Mention
  • 2015 MVFC Offensive Player of the Week
  • 2015 NCAA Elite 90 Award
  • 2013, 2014 NCAA Elite 89 Award

Other Carson Wentz facts:

  • His brother pitched and played infield for the NDSU Bison baseball team.
  • Wentz attended Bismarck (ND) Century High School.
  • Wentz batted .421 for the Bismarck Governors American Legion baseball team.
  • He was his high school class' valedictorian.