Photos by Jedre Cyr
Former Bison fullback and Carson Wentz teammate Jedre Cyr was in for a trip of a lifetime when his friend, former roommate and quarterback Carson Wentz invited him to Chicago to experience the NFL Draft up close and personal.
Jedre Cyr had plans to be in Chicago for the NFL Draft. He was going to haul his Cyr Truck Lines rig to Chicago, park it near Ben LeCompte’s brother’s house and explore all the happenings around the NFL Draft. The problem was that he didn’t have a ticket until his former quarterback called.
“Hey Jedre, what are you doing next Thursday?” Carson Wentz asked.
Cyr responded, “Going down to Chicago to hang out and support you.”
“Do you have a ticket?”
“Do you want one?”
“Uh, is that a serious question? Duh, I want a ticket!”
Cyr was on his way to Chicago the following Wednesday and after spending the night at LeCompte’s, he took the train into Downtown. He headed to the Palmer House Hilton hotel, where Wentz was staying to meet up with the rest of the guys.
Wentz’s three friends from high school, Justin Ledger, Tate Leapaldt and Meyer Bohn joined Wentz in Chicago, along with his former teammates Cole Davis and Easton Stick.
Cyr was dressed in Bison gear from head-to-toe until someone from Wentz’s agency came in with a white dress shirt that was too big for everybody else. Cyr tried it on and it fit. Later he found out it was worth $185.
The Bismarck boys, Davis, Stick and Cyr got premium seats inside Auditorium Theatre for the draft, conveniently located an arm lengths away from ESPN’s Adam Schefter. They weren’t there long after the draft began. After they roared in approval when Wentz was taken by Philadelphia, they went underneath the Theatre to celebrate. That’s when they were approached by Sports Illustrated’s Joan Niesen for a photo and interview.
The handler of the SportsCenter Instagram page greeted them next and the guys cheered for the camera. (You can check out the video on Instagram.) The same person handling the video was also with Jon Gruden and Wentz during the filming of Gruden’s QB Camp for ESPN.
“She told us Gruden fell in love with Easton Stick’s name,” Cyr said. “She said he must’ve said it a hundred times, ‘Easton. Stick. I love that name, man.’”
The guys met with Wentz’s family at Hub 51 Restaurant. Wentz finally showed up about two hours after his selection because he had to run through the media gauntlet and play the No. 1 pick, Jared Goff, in a game of Madden.
After dinner, Wentz, his girlfriend, his brother and his wife and the guys said goodbye to the family and headed to Uno’s Pizza and Grille to play pool and hang out in a private room for the rest of the night.
Although Cyr didn’t comment on how late the night went, he said it was a night he and the rest of the guys will never forget.