No. 11 is No. 89 on ESPN's World Fame 100 list of the most popular athletes around the globe. The annual exercise ranks the superstars based on a formula that accounts for how often they are searched on Google, endorsement dollars, and social media following. Carson Wentz is the most famous athlete in the City of Philadelphia and seventh among all NFL players.
The franchise quarterback took the league by storm in 2017 with a team-record 33 touchdowns, guiding the Eagles to an 11-2 record in games he started before suffering a season-ending knee injury late in the year. He finished third in the MVP vote, an award he likely would have won if he remained healthy.
His play caught the attention of the preeminent athletes in other sports as NBA icon LeBron James, No. 2 on the World Fame 100, said Wentz was "my favorite player right now" in December 2017.
Wentz returned from his injury in Week 3 of the 2018 season and set yet another team record for highest completion percentage (69.6%). Only seven players in the league had better-selling jerseys last year, according to NFL Shop.
Most importantly, Wentz has leveraged his popularity with the launch of the Carson Wentz A01 Foundation in the summer of 2017. The Carson Wentz AO1 Foundation focuses on three main objectives that reflect some of Wentz’s deepest passions in life – his faith, his enthusiasm for the outdoors, and his avid love for dogs. Last June, Wentz hosted the inaugural AO1 Foundation Softball Game at Citizens Bank Park, which featured a home run derby and game played by his teammates. The event sold 25,000 tickets and raised more than $800,000. Tickets for this year's charity classic are on sale now.