As much hype as Nick Foles is getting for his performance in the Super Bowl, it’s not nearly enough. 28 for 43, 373 yards, 3 passing touchdowns, 1 receiving touchdown, and one of the all-time great Super Bowl performances.
He went toe-to-toe with Tom Brady, who played a near perfect game, and beat him. He took apart Bill Belichick’s defense and led the Eagles to their first Super Bowl ever. He just went on one of the all-time great NFL postseason runs, after looking incredibly shaky when he first took over for Carson Wentz.
But the confetti had barely stopped falling before people had already moved on to talking about whether he’d be in Philly next year and what his future would be. But hold that thought for a moment, because it wasn’t that long ago that it looked like Nick Foles didn’t have a future in the NFL. It wasn’t that long ago that he was a backup who was on the verge of retirement.
He had such a miserable experience with St. Louis in 2015, that he was this close to walking away. At 26 years old. Think about that. He was so done with football that he nearly walked away from millions because he just wasn’t feeling it.
And then he went on that now-famous camping trip with his brother and came back to keep playing football in 2016 and now he’s Super Bowl MVP. He went from thinking he might just go find another job, to getting a backup job, another backup job, and then throwing for nearly 400 yards and three touchdowns in the Super Bowl. Oh, and catching a touchdown in the Super Bowl in the brassest play ever.
That’s not quite The Kurt Warner Story, because nothing will ever match The Kurt Warner Story, but it’s not far off.
The Nick Foles Story is one hell of a read. Pro Bowler after 2013, nearly out of the game after 2015 and a Super Bowl MVP in 2018. Which is why when he’s dropping knowledge at a presser, I suggest you stop and listen.
Whenever anyone starts talking at a press conference about Instagram and Twitter, it’s usually a cue to take a nap, because it’s usually some old-timer complaining about social media and the 24-hour news cycle. But when Nick Foles is talking about it and talking about the fact that it gives a false impression about life, just gives everyone’s highlights, that’s real talk. That’s real talk from a guy who has failed.
When was the last time you went to a Super Bowl MVP press conference and got a motivational speech? Hell, when was the last time you heard any press conference and thought, damn, I actually got something out of that? Normally it’s a collection of platitudes and “it is what it is.” This wasn’t that. This was a Super Bowl MVP, a guy who’s reached the pinnacle of the game, and he’s trying to use his worst days to inspire others. I saw that and was fired up. I saw that and wanted to be better.
So let’s slow the roll on the talk of Nick and his future, and just enjoy the present. And if you feel like you’re failing, know that if you keep showing up, you keep chipping away, good things can happen. Just ask Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles. Keep chopping, y’all. Keep chopping. And made respect to you, Nick Foles. Mad freaking respect.