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Former Bison quarterback Davis reunited with Wentz through AO1 Foundation

Former North Dakota State backup quarterback Cole Davis has been hired to run Carson Wentz's AO1 Foundation. David Samson / The Forum

FARGO—It was a trusted inner circle when Carson Wentz was the starting quarterback at North Dakota State and Cole Davis was his backup. That hasn't changed after college, either.

Davis is one month on the job and living in the Philadelphia area after assuming the new title of director of operations for the AO1 Foundation, the non-profit organization founded last year by Wentz, who begins his third year at the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback.

How he got there initially started as light-hearted talk between Davis and current Bison quarterback Easton Stick, who joked after Wentz signed a four-year, $26.6 million contract that they would like to work for him some day. Davis graduated from NDSU last December and finished his career less than a month later with the Division I FCS national title win over James Madison.

Davis said he planned on finding a job in Fargo and staying in the area for a couple of years. At the same time, he also kept Wentz in the loop on his future plans. Then Wentz called Davis one day.

"I sarcastically asked if he had a job for me," Davis said.

Wentz's response?

"He says that's the reason I'm calling," Davis said. "I came out here, hung out with him and Zach for a couple of days, got a feel for it and they offered me the job."

Operating AO1 is a three-man job between Carson Wentz, his brother Zach Wentz and Davis. The job carries a multitude of responsibilities with fundraising and organizing various events at the top of the list.

It stands for Audience of One, with the mission based on a helping people through spirituality.

"Everything the organization stands for is what I would stand for as well," Davis said. "The fact one of my best friends is the president and founder is definitely appealing and I've gotten to be good friends with Zach the last couple of years."

Davis got an on-the-job introduction with the AO1 Foundation Charity Softball Game earlier this month at Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park. It was a slowpitch game between the Eagles offense vs. the Eagles defense.

The fact the Wentzes stayed in-house, so to speak, for the director of operations is not surprising considering the national popularity of the Eagles quarterback.

"I would say that's very important with the position that he's in," Davis said. "There's a lot of negative stuff floating around everywhere and for him to put guys in important places in his life that he can trust is very important to him to protect the stuff he cares about."

The AO1 crew is returning to Fargo next week for a meet-and-greet fundraiser at Oxbow Country Club, essentially the same event as last summer's kickoff banquet.

"It's a chance for us to get back and hang out with our supporters and get to know them on a personal level," Davis said.

There are also other ventures like Wentz's "Mission of Hope" in Haiti, an outdoors camp for sick or recovering kids called "Camp Conquerers" and a free mobile feeding machine called "Thy Kingdom Crumb Food Truck" to help with Philadelphia's hunger issues.

"A couple of times a week starting this fall, we'll have the chance to serve people and love on people," Davis said.

Jeff Kolpack

Jeff Kolpack covers North Dakota State athletics, the Fargo Marathon and golf for The Forum. His blog can be accessed at www.bisonmedia.areavoices.com. On the radio, Kolpack & Izzo sports talk show runs from 9-11 a.m. every Saturday morning. April through August, the WDAY Golf Show with Jeff Kolpack runs from 8-9 a.m.

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