You probably couldn't guess it by looking at him, but there was a time when
See, back when he was 17, Wentz was the captain of his high school soccer team, dominating on the field and earning all-state honors in Illinois. He even had dreams of playing professionally. No matter how great his on-field exploits were, however, he never, ever considered himself to be a "jock."
"I played soccer, but I wasn't really a jock," Wentz laughed. "It was something I was really passionate about. I feel like I had a magical connection with the ball. I wanted to play professional soccer in Europe."
All of this — and more about the bass player's youth — is revealed on the next episode of MTV's new show "When I Was 17," which airs Saturday at 11 a.m. This week's installment also features rapper Ludacris recalling his early days as a lowly Pizza Hut employee and "Biggest Loser" trainer Jillian Michaels remembering her days as "the worst freakin' waitress in the world."
Wentz carried his pro soccer dreams on with him to DePaul University, but it was there that he also started playing in bands, leading him to eventually drop out of school and pursue music full time. Surprisingly, when he was 17, music never really even entered into the equation.
"Music was actually harder for me," Wentz said. "And, at 17, if somebody told me that I would be doing what I'm doing now, I wouldn't in any way believe them."
"When I Was 17" — this week featuring Ludacris, Jillian Michaels and Pete Wentz — airs Saturday at 11 a.m. on MTV.