Players on the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles team have been outspoken advocates for hunting. It was well documented—and criticized by the gun control crowd—when rookie quarterback and avid hunter Carson Wentz presented his offensive linemen with Beretta shotguns for Christmas last year.
The gifts were well received. “This is an awesome gun, I’m excited about it,” raved fellow hunter Allen Barbre. “I was looking for one of these,” said Brandon Brooks.
Last month, Wentz took his linemen out hunting and, after sharing some images on social media, the backlash was fast. But wide receiver Torrey Smith was having none of it. He responded by tweeting, “I love the outdoors and will fish and hunt until I can’t anymore … your comments fall on deaf ears.” Wentz chimed in with a “What he said” tweet, and tagged Smith’s comment.
Wentz isn’t the only avid hunter on the team. In March, SilencerCo took defensive lineman Fletcher Cox out to the plains of Texas with LG Outfitters in search of nilgai.