The Morning Call Wentzylmania Reaches Allentown, PA

The Morning Call Wentzylmania Reaches Allentown, PA

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Through his first three games, Philadelphia Eagles rookie quarterback Carson Wentzhas five touchdowns, zero interceptions, a passer rating of 103.8 and three wins — the last an absolute throttling of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Now, the 23-year-old North Dakota State product also has inspired a clothing line with ties to the Lehigh Valley.

Allentown restaurateur Jack Daddona Jr. has founded Wentzylvania™ Clothing Co. with two of his cousins who also "bleed green." Daddona said the company, which offers high-quality T-shirts, hoodies and hats, filed for the Wentzylvania™ trademark two weeks ago and launched its website — www.wentzylvaniaclothing.com — a week ago.

"We jumped on it first and we're off and running," said Daddona, owner and president of Penn Pizza Restaurant, which has locations in Lower Macungie Township, Salisbury Township and Allentown. "We've already sold a couple hundred T-shirts, and we haven't even been open a week."

The selling of shirts and of Wentz as a franchise quarterback were boosted by the Eagles' 34-3 dismantling of the Steelers on Sunday. Before the game, Daddona said the company had a banner flyover — reading "wentzylvaniaclothing.com free shipping" — around Lincoln Financial Field from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

In addition, he said, the company plans further promotion at the Eagles' next home game: Oct. 23 when the Minnesota Vikings come to town. While Daddona said he handles much of the new clothier's marketing, his cousin, Tony Daddona, handles production and fulfillment at his company in North Carolina.

While the company can't use the Eagles logo in its clothing, it is offering three initial designs: "Welcome to Wentzylvania™," "Champions are Born in Carson City" and "It's Always Sunday in Wentzadelphia." Prices range from $19.99 for a T-shirt or hat to $39.99 for a hoodie.

While Daddona admits the company was created more from the excitement of Wentz's performance than as an actual money-maker, he's not ruling out the possibility that Wentzylvania™ Clothing Co. becomes a long-term investment.

"I hope the Eagles create a dynasty with this kid, and it becomes a five- to 10-year run," he said.

 

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