17 Star Athletes Who Didn't Start Until Their Senior Year of High School

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Carson Wentz

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Carson Wentz

The Philadelphia Eagles All-Pro quarterback was a back-up for much of his high school career.

When Wentz entered Century High School (Bismarck, North Dakota) as a freshman, he was rather puny. He stood about 5-foot-8 and weighed 125 pounds. 

But a growth spurt soon kicked in, and hard work helped him add lean muscle to his frame. He played on JV as a sophomore and looked destined to be a big contributor to the varsity team his junior year. 

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The Philadelphia Eagles All-Pro quarterback was a back-up for much of his high school career.

When Wentz entered Century High School (Bismarck, North Dakota) as a freshman, he was rather puny. He stood about 5-foot-8 and weighed 125 pounds. 

But a growth spurt soon kicked in, and hard work helped him add lean muscle to his frame. He played on JV as a sophomore and looked destined to be a big contributor to the varsity team his junior year. 

But those plans had to be put on hold when Wentz suffered a broken hand.

"His junior year is when we thought he was ready to make a big step. And he got hurt. It was kind of a lost season," Ron Wingenbach, who coached Wentz in high school, told the Bucks Country Herald. "In his senior year, we knew he was ready. You talk about a classic example of if you're good enough, colleges are going to find you. That is a great model for parents. When you get your chance, put your best foot forward and know that someone is going to find you."

Finally the team's starting quarterback as a senior, Wentz won 3A State Player of the Year honors and led Century to the state semifinals.

He would then attended nearby North Dakota State University before being drafted by the Eagles with the second overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.

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