PHILADELPHIA – At around 8:00 pm Dallas Goedert watched the design at his home in Britton, S.D., when he received a call from the Eagles. He spoke to one of the Eagles' scouts first, then the phone went to Doug Pederson and Howie Roseman. They told him that the Eagles designed him with the total number 49, they had to buy three seats.
It was a cool moment. It is getting cooler.
Shortly after hanging up the phone, Goedert, a tightrope from the state of South Dakota, was formally announced by the Eagles on the television program of ex-Eagles footballer David Akers, drafted in Arlington, Texas Stage stood. Goedert quickly got a few text messages. It could be from a prefix of 701
Let's go! (Sunglasses emoji, fist bump emoji)
We have something to do.
Carson Wentz almost won the NFL MVP Award last. He is a XX-year-old star in the midst of a long recovery process to heal his injured knee in time for the start of the September season. He has things to do.
He took the time to send these text messages to Goedert anyway. He also sent a supporting tweet.
A fellow Missouri Valley Alum coming from the smaller Dakota [?] …. @ goedert33 Welcome to troop bro! Great things are coming. We have to be good at representing the FCS, MVFC and the Dakotas, my husband. Let's go!
– Carson Wentz (@cj_wentz) April 28, 2018
"I've seen him play a lot, (Wentz) is from NDSU and a kind of hometown person," Goedert, a native of South Dakota, said on Friday night. "I've watched him a lot and he's an incredible quarterback, the best in the NFL."
For Wentz, Goedert becomes another weapon in the Eagles' assault arsenal. The 6-foot-5, 265-pound end collected 174 catches for 2,404 yards and 18 touchdowns in its last two seasons at the SDSU. He also drives a 4.6-something 40-yard shot, he said.
"Dallas is a worker's buddy," said Joe Douglas, vice president of Eagles' player staff. "He's working extremely hard, a guy we've dominated at this level of the game for the last two years."
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It will help that Goedert already has an integrated relationship with his quarterback, and that goes beyond emoji-filled text messages.
Wentz's final two years at NDSU (2014-15) coincided with Goedert's first two at rival SDSU, two universities separated by only about 200 miles.
Wentz had the upper hand in both matches – his bison won 37-17 when Goedert was a freshman in 2014, and 28-7 the following year.
"It was big," said Goedert's rivalry. "It's definitely our biggest rivalry … we've never defeated Carson, but we won the last two regular season games and that was really big games for us, we had a lot of fun with it."
It became a working relationship when they started to share an agent, Ryan Tollner of Rep. 1 Sport. When Goedert visited the Eagles facility during the preliminary draft, Wentz pulled him aside for friendly amusement.
When it was time to make decisions, Goedert already had a backer in the building. It might not have influenced the decision-making process of the Front Office, but it certainly did not hurt that Goedert had the quarterback of the team in his corner.
"Carson has a relationship with this guy and they're sharing an agent, so he's a guy Carson knew, of course," said Howie Roseman, vice president of the Eagles for football games. "He was in the building and told us a bit about him and he is excited … This is a friend for the quarterback."
Said Goedert: "To play with him, it will be a lot of fun."