Wentz Welcomes Simmons to Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - If it really is darkest before dawn, perhaps the Philadelphia sports scene is finally poised for a turnaround after three of the cities pro teams recently garnered selections in the top two of their respective drafts.
Two weeks after the Phillies snared La Costa, Calif. outfielder Mickey Moniak with the No. 1 overall pick in the Major League Baseball Draft, it was the 76ers turn to make ultra-talented LSU point forward Ben Simmons at No. 1 in his draft. Meanwhile, this all culminated about two months after the Eagles traded up twice to get North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz with the second overall pick in the NFL Draft.
Wentz was among the first to welcome Simmons to Philadelphia by using the LSU's star's new teammate Jahlil Okafor (a least for now) as a conduit to get Simmons out for a cheesesteak.
Forget the cliched "Is he a Pat's or Geno's guy?," however, because the 6-foot-10 Simmons is a Melbourne native.
Wentz, meanwhile, was the only Eagles player taking to Twitter to welcome the dynamic Simmons to town. Defensive end and New Jersey native Vinny Curry and star tight end Zach Ertz were also excited for the new era of Sixers basketball to begin with Curry offering a simple "Welcome to Philadelphia," and Ertz getting a little more in depth.
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973ESPN.com. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @JFMcMullen