Recently, Detroit Lions wide receiver Golden Tate was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles. Tate told reporters that one of the first things that happened after the trade was an invitation to church by Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz:
New Eagle Golden Tate says he was “super excited to get in here” and he and Carson Wentz are already trying to build a relationship. He says thats very important
Golden says Carson invited him and his wife to church, but Golden had to study his playbook so his wife went#Eagles pic.twitter.com/P10Tsa7slU
— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) November 5, 2018
Though Tate couldn’t be at the service, because he had to familiarize himself with this new team’s playbook, his wife attended church with Wentz’s family.
Both Tate and Wentz are outspoken Christians. In fact, after he was traded, Tate issued statement thanking the lines and the Detroit community for helping him “achieve as a player, as a person, as a Christian.”
As noted in the book The Birds of Pray, faith plays a big role in the Eagles organization, with the team regularly holding Bible studies. Players have even baptized teammates in the locker room and in hotel pools while on the road.