PHILADELPHIA ( - One of the reasons the Eagles felt comfortable enough to move heaven and earth back in the 2016 NFL Draft to get Carson Wentz with the second overall pick had nothing to do with the North Dakota native's skills on the football field.

Those, of course, were there but more than that Philadelphia quickly surmised that if things didn't work out with Wentz, it wouldn't be from a lack of effort or from failures off the field.

The history still has to be written when it comes to the Eagles' second-year quarterback on the field but the book is already closed on the fact that Wentz is indeed a home run as a human being.

Wentz arrived in Philadelphia wearing his belief system on his sleeve, or in this case his skin with a tattoo explaining his personal belief system "AO1," standing for "Audience of One," a nod toward his faith.

On Tuesday as Wentz continued to work with many of his receivers in Fargo, he also took to social media to announce the launch of the Carson Wentz AO1 Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose stated mission is to “demonstrate the love of God by providing opportunities and support for the less fortunate and those in need.”

Wentz plans to focus on three main objectives that he finds passion in, his faith, his love for the outdoors and one near and dear to this writer's heart, his love for dogs.

The AO1 Foundations plans to support youth in the Philadelphia area by providing service dogs to assist with their development and quality of life as well as providing hunting and outdoor opportunities for individuals with physical challenges, the under-served and military veterans living in the Midwest. and to care for and provide food, shelter and educational opportunities for underprivileged youth living abroad.

Finally, the organization plans to care for and provide food, shelter and educational opportunities for underprivileged youth living abroad.

In addition to financially supporting programs that align with those objectives, Wentz plans to personally share his faith by participating in mission trips and promoting his love for dogs and the outdoors.

The Carson Wentz AO1 Foundation officially kicks off on Wednesday with a private event at the Oxbow Country Club in Oxbow, ND.

-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for You can reach him at or on Twitter @JFMcMullen

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