FARGO — Former North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz addressed the media prior to his AO1 Foundation charity softball game Wednesday, June 26, at Newman Outdoor Field.

Wentz, who now starts for the Philadelphia Eagles, said it was important to do another event back in North Dakota during his offseason.

"We wanted to do something community-friendly, engage the community on a larger scale and a softball game was the perfect fit," Wentz said. "It's been a lot of fun planning it and getting guys together from different eras of Bison football. ... I wish I could be here more."

Wentz recently signed a four-year contract extension for a reported $128 million. He was asked if the new contract would change him.

"I could see how it could change people for sure," Wentz said. "For me, nothing's going to change."

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Former Bison linebacker Esley Thorton, a Bismarck High School graduate, took first place in the AO1 Foundation home run derby, prior to Wednesday's charity softball game.