At the professional level, you will do almost anything to win.


Whether it’s throwing your body into the fire every week, fighting for extra yards or even giving up your game check, a win is what matters most.


Carson Wentz exemplified this in the Philadelphia Eagles’ week 3 game versus the New York Giants.


After the Giants scored a late touchdown late in the fourth quarter to tie the game, all the Eagles needed was a field goal to win the game and take sole possession of first place in the NFC East.


Preferably, they would have wanted a touchdown, being that their kicker was just a rookie making his first start at home and that kind of pressure right out the gate can fluster most.


The name’s Jake Elliott and unlike most rookie kickers, he is clearly not feared by any type of pressure.


Having to drive almost the length of the field in a short amount of time, Wentz and the Eagle’s offense made big plays in chunks as time started to wind down.


As they approached the 50 yard line, the announcers started to turn their attention to the rookie kicker who was shown preparing for his Welcome to the NFL moment on the sideline. The announcers kept alluding to the fact that his career long at Memphis was 56 yards and if the Wentz could position the Eagles within that range then they had a chance to win this thing on the final drive.


As it turned out, they were positioned a mere five yards outside of that listed range, but with all but a few seconds on the clock, they had no choice but to call the rookie out and give him his shot.


Now you may think, what did they have to lose right? It’s a tie game, this is the last play and if they miss, they would just go into overtime.




Again, Elliott’s career long had been 56 yards and five yards for a kicker is a big difference. Knowing this, the Giants brought their star receiver Odell Beckham, Jr onto the field as a impromptu return man in case Elliott left the kick short, which was very likely given the circumstances.


As Wentz and the offense left the field and Elliott and the kicking unit entered, anticipation was high. This could go one of three ways: He could make the improbable field goal and be the hero for the week, he could miss he field goal and send the game into overtime, or he could miss it and leave the kick short, giving one of the game’s best athletes a chance to return it with plenty of real estate in front of him.


(CSN Philly)

This would make any player or fan nervous. Rookie kicker, first home game, tasked with a 61 yard field goal to possibly win the game. To hit this, you have to be a different breed.


Even Wentz realized it on the sideline as he was pacing back and forth with his helmet off and his teeth gnawing on the tips of his fingers, filled with nervous energy.


This energy is what brings out the best in players most times. As I said when I opened this piece, players will do anything it takes to win, especially with the game on the line. In Wentz’ case, this meant harmlessly muttering to a teammate that he would give Elliott his game check if he made this field goal.


Give up an entire game check for one field goal, for one win? Seems crazy, especially when it’s the kicker’s job to make field goals, especially in crunch time.


When it’s this long of a kick in this situation during a divisional game, you do anything you can.


So naturally, Elliott nails the 61 yarder much to the elation of the team, the crowd and yes, even to Wentz, who although now having to give up his $31K game check, got a huge win in the process and willingly help up his end of the bargain.


Elliott, continuing on the high of nailing his first career game winning field goal, then decided to donate his Carson Wentz game check to charity instead of cashing in on it himself, becoming a hero in multiple respects.


It’s safe to say, it was an amazing day for the rookie kicker.


Would you give someone your paycheck to win a game? Let’s talk about it here or find me on Twitter @Phenombc3.