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The Life and Faith of Carson Wentz

North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz is seen during the school's NFL football pro day, Thursday, March 24, 2016, in Fargo, N.D. (AP Photo/Bruce Crummy)A bumper sticker, like Tabasco, is small, packs a punch, and says a lot about a person. Consider a few examples.

"My opinions are awesome!" This person is intelligent enough to form an opinion, and smart enough to know everyone else could care less.

"Watch out for the idiot behind me." This person may be a cautious driver, but tactful is another story.

And who can forget this person, fluent in sarcasm and conversant in passive aggression. "Be nice to America or we will bring democracy to your country."

So what is on the back of Carson Wentz's truck?

In the lower left, Carson has a North Dakota State University decal. This only makes sense considering the work and career he has had at his time at NDSU. While at NDSU, he won five titles, including his redshirt year. He was the 2015 and 2016 NCAA Division I Championship Game Most Outstanding Player. He made the Senior Bowl in 2016. Going 20–3 as a starter, he finished third in NDSU history for career passing attempts, completions, yards, and touchdowns. Not only did he perform on the field, but he made the Missouri Valley Football Conference Honor Roll all fours years of college.

In the lower right is a duck decal. In an interview, Carson said, "Hunting is big. I fish a little bit, but I'm more into the hunting world. I fell in love with it when I was in college. It's a release from football to get away." With his golden retriever, Carson loves hunting because he finds it a great way to decompress from school and football. But his dog may love it even more. "She loves it. When I wake up at 3:30, 4 in the morning, she knows what's going on . . . She might even love it more than I do."

And in the middle of his truck is the biggest decal, the cross. Talking about his faith to Inforum, Carson said, "Faith has always been number one in my life. I think my faith throughout college made me patient as I waited my turn. It got me through my injury without a doubt. And throughout this process, it helped me to not let this thing blow up and get caught up in it all."

Throughout this process, Carson at one time waited his turn behind Dante Perez. When Dante was a senior and Carson a freshman, Perez struck up a conversation with a young Wentz. Carson recalls how he was overwhelmed by all the new information and plays. And unexpectedly, Dante asked if he had ever read the Bible. Wentz reminded Perez that they were at football practice, not a Bible study. But the persistent Perez would not give up on the young talent. And over the course of the year, Perez would mentor Carson on and off the field. "Dante was huge, I owe him a lot."

But Carson's faith is not limited to a decal on his truck. On his Instagram profile, he lists Mark 9:23, which declares that all things are possible for those who believe. On his wrist, the same one he would break later in his senior year, Carson has tattooed "AO1." It stands for audience of one. "It was kind of a motto I picked up early in my career, and I finally put it on my body just to live the Lord as my audience," Wentz said.

Tonight, it is expected that Carson Wentz will be drafted either first or second in the NFL draft. He will leave North Dakota State in order to go play on the same sized field, but with more people watching. Yet Carson still plays for an audience of only one. He may leave North Dakota, but like a bumper sticker to a car, God will not leave Carson Wentz.

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