Summer 2024

Eagles' Carson Wentz treats 'Dutch Destroyer' family to Monday night victory over Redskins

Carson Wentz shined on the Monday night stage, throwing for 268 yards and four touchdown passes and rushing for a team-leading 68 yards in lifting the Eagles to a 34-24 divisional win against the Washington Redskins.

Prior to Monday’s game, Wentz met with the family of Lukas Kusters, whom the Eagles QB befriended during the young man’s battle with stomach cancer. The family was invited to the game as special guests of the team. Sporting their Eagles jerseys, the Kusters were brought onto the field during warm-ups where they got to see their favorite quarterback and talk with him for several minutes.

Lukas’ Make-A-Wish was to thank Wentz for a video that the quarterback sent him while he was in the hospital. Known as “The Dutch Destroyer” for his play on the football field, Lukas was treated by Wentz and his teammates, to a guided tour of the Eagles facility where they hung out in the cafeteria, had smoothies and allowed Lukas to get autographs from several members of the team.

Lukas Kusters died 13 days after meeting with Wentz on June 12, 2017 . He was just 10 years old. His family chose to bury the young boy in Wentz’s No. 11 jersey.

After the Eagles victory over the Redskins on Monday, Wentz, sporting the “Dutch Destroyer” bracelet, presented the family with a game ball and greeted them with high fives and hugs.

ESPN shared a beautiful piece on Lukas and his relationship with Wentz on Sunday. Please spend 10 minutes and watch this.

At 6-1, the Eagles have the best record in the NFL and have won five straight games. Next up for Philadelphia is a home matchup against the 49ers on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.