Dallas Cowboys rookie running back sensation Ezekiel Elliott went all out and bought his offensive line, considered the best in the NFL, their own John Deere utility vehicles.
…but Philadelphia Eagles rookie quarterback Carson Wentz took the outdoors theme even further, one-upping his division rival in the process.
Wentz, the 2nd overall selection in the 2016 NFL draft, is an avid hunter and bought the jumbo-sized men tasked with protecting him customized Beretta shotguns.
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Carson Wentz gifts his offensive linemen customized shotguns for Christmas https://t.co/YGJkIfDMlQ pic.twitter.com/jAT5ouGUYz
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) December 29, 2016
Each gun retails at around $2,000 and will have offensive lineman’s number engraved, according to the Bleacher Report.
“This is an awesome gun. I’m excited about it,” guard Allen Barbre told ESPN. “I don’t know if I’ll shoot it, though. It’s pretty nice.”
“I like to go clay shooting and stuff,” fellow guard Brandon Brooks added. “All I’ve got is a home defense tactical shotgun, short-barrel, so I was looking for one of these.”
Wentz can well afford the shotguns, considering he signed a rookie contract fully guaranteed for four years and $26.7 million, including a $17.6 million signing bonus.
And while Elliot’s gifts were more expensive, the player selected two picks after Wentz should be able to swing the check, having signed a 4 year, $24.9 million contract, including a $16.3 million signing bonus.
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Of course, in today’s polarizing times, courtesy of President Barack Obama, it didn’t take long for folks to politicize Wentz’s holiday gesture… and even managed to bring race into play!
Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:
@BleacherReport annnnd the Liberals are going nuts! Haha
— Rachel Loewen❤️⛳ (@RachelWLoewen) December 29, 2016
@BleacherReport i bet he voted trump
— #HTTRhive (@WVUpls) December 29, 2016
@BleacherReport sounds white
— lil kurta (@alwxthegreat) December 29, 2016
@PRPLXDD @BleacherReport yeehaw
— Garrett⛵️ (@GBG8R) December 29, 2016
@BleacherReport on some white man supremacy shit.
— E (@HiroProtoganist) December 29, 2016
@BleacherReport imagine if a black player had bought guns for his teammates or photo killing an animal, imagine if CAM HAD DONE THIS
— Deano Paul (@DPLedford) December 29, 2016
@BleacherReport animal killer
— Dominic V. De Anda (@domdeanda8) December 29, 2016
@BleacherReport @gdimascio714 I have a strong dislike for hunters and for guns in general. #WorstGiftEver
— magic jukebox (@jovi_magic) December 29, 2016
But not everyone was dissaproving of the gifts. Take for instance the NRA who loved the idea!
Those are some nice gifts, @cj_wentz! Good call! https://t.co/qrl83gZ8S6 #2A @Beretta_USA
— NRA (@NRA) December 29, 2016
And when local reporter Tim Panaccio announced his disaproval of the guns, someone gave him an eye-full not meant for children.
CB tells me Carson Wentz gave teammates shotguns for X-Mas. How Philadelphian of him. More guns in the City.
— Tim Panaccio (@tpanotchRET) December 29, 2016
@tpanotchCSN hey Tim pic.twitter.com/mhRwLLOtOG
— Tebow’s Pretzel (@tebowspretzel) December 29, 2016
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