- The Philadelphia Eagles beat the New England Patriots 41-33 on Sunday night to win their first Super Bowl in franchise history.
- The game was won due in large part to the effort of quarterback Nick Foles, who was named Super Bowl MVP after the game.
- While speaking after the game, Foles detailed how close he was to retiring after a tough stretch earlier in his career.
Nick Foles was named Super Bowl MVP after leading the Philadelphia Eagles to a 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots.
While it might seem like a lifetime ago now, Foles very recently considered retirement, after a tough stretch of his career with the St. Louis Rams. After the game, Foles opened about just how close he was to leaving football for good. Asked how close he came to ending his career, Foles said “In my heart, it was probably 100%. It was a tough six months.”
“My faith was tested,” Foles said. “But I just kept leaning on the Lord. Kept praying. We’re so blessed to play this game, but eventually it comes to an end.”
Foles also spoke about how tough it is to devote yourself to football if you’re heart isn’t in it. “If you don’t love this game it’s hard to do,” Foles said. “So when you lose your joy. I grew up in Texas, played some Texas high school football. That stuff is real. I touched a football the day I was born. So when the joy goes away, that’s a hard thing. But that journey that I went on strengthened me.”
You can watch Foles’ comments below.
Thankfully for Foles, and for Eagles fans, Foles did not retire. Instead he stayed in the game, rejoined the Eagles, stepped up in place of an injured Carson Wentz, and carried the city of Philadelphia to its first Super Bowl win in franchise history.
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