PHILADELPHIA — Carson Wentz’s performance in the Eagles’ victory over Washington was apparently the second-biggest thing to hit Bismarck, North Dakota, Sunday night.
A few hours after he threw for 307 yards and two touchdowns in a 30-17 win over the Redskins, fellow Century High School graduate Cara Mund was crowned Miss America at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
Her win relegated Wentz to also-ran status in his hometown.
“I don’t follow Miss America too much, but obviously now I’ve heard all about it,” Wentz said Wednesday. “It’s pretty cool for Bismarck, for Century High School. My buddy was calling me the other night when she won and was like, ‘Yeah, you’re old news now in Bismarck.’”
Wentz, 24, is a 2011 Century High School graduate. Mund, 23, graduated in 2012.
Wentz then went to North Dakota State University to play football and was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft. Mund attended Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, and is headed to law school at Notre Dame University.
“I knew Cara a little bit in high school,” Wentz said. “(Winning Miss America) is really cool for her.”
Mund, the first Miss North Dakota to win Miss America, performed a self-choreographed jazz dance to Michael Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel.” Her platform was “Make-A-Wish Passion with Fashion.”
Upon being crowned, she gave a shoutout to Wentz as an example of someone who defied the odds to reach a goal.
“I said, ‘If Carson Wentz can do it, Miss North Dakota Cara Mund can become Miss America,’” Mund said Sunday.
“I did see that, and it was cool,” Wentz said. “Obviously, we’re very similar in age, but the idea of playing this game and having this platform to be a good role model for kids is special. It’s a little different when you’re close to the same age, but the cool part of this game is showing that it can be done no matter where you come from, whatever it is you’re pursuing in life.”