Congressman Kevin Cramer

Representing North Dakota, At Large

Cramer Congratulates Carson Wentz in House Floor Speech

Apr 29, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer congratulated Bismarck native and North Dakota State University Bison quarterback Carson Wentz on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives this morning for being the No. 2 pick in the National Football League draft.

Wentz was chosen by the Philadelphia Eagles last night in the first round of the draft.  A transcript of Cramer’s remarks are below:

Forgive me for being proud, Mr. Speaker, but today my 750,000 fellow North Dakotans and I are standing a little taller as we celebrate the extraordinary accomplishments of one exceptional young man. 

Last night every television in North Dakota was tuned in to the NFL Draft to see who the lucky team would be who gets North Dakota State University quarterback Carson Wentz.  The Philadelphia Eagles used their second overall pick to pick Carson. 

Cheers and tears of pride and admiration for the most famous Bison football player ever expressed a sense of state patriotism.  NDSU’s record of five consecutive FCS football championships took a back seat to one special Bismarck native.  And rightfully so.  Carson Wentz is more than a 6-foot-5 super athlete.  He is a man who takes God’s incredible gifts and works them with an ethic of worship. His mind and heart are as big as his frame.  And his pride is not in himself but in his team, in his school, in his community and in his state. 

We are happy for the good people of Philadelphia, knowing that Pennsylvania is gaining much more than a great football player.  They are gaining a great citizen. Congratulations Eagles, and God bless you on your new adventure, Carson Wentz.  And thanks for being a great ambassador for North Dakota.