‘Don’t be afraid to fail’: MVP Nick Foles is the Super Bowl feel-good story you shouldn’t miss

“Don’t be afraid to fail.”

It’s hard to believe that eight short weeks ago, Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles was just another forgotten backup quarterback in the NFL.

The Philadelphia Eagles player had the game of his life Sunday, completing 28 of 43 passes for 373 yards and three touchdowns, AND caught a touchdown pass in defeating five-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.

As for the touchdown pass Noles caught, that was the first time in Super Bowl history for a quarterback.

For the record, Brady, arguable the greatest quarterback to play the game, didn’t congratulate Noles, opting not to shake the winning player’s hand on the field of play after the game — the move set off calls of poor sportsmanship on Brady’s part.

“Unbelievable,” Foles said after the game. ‘We felt confident coming in, and we just went out there and played football. We played this game since we were little kids, we dreamed about this moment.”

The humble player displayed his leadership abilities when he attributed the win and his extraordinary performance to God and his teammates.

“I think the big thing that helped me was knowing that I didn’t have to be Superman,” he said. “I have amazing teammates, amazing coaches around me. And all I had to do was just go play as hard as I could, and play for one another, and play for those guys.”

Noles took over at quarterback when starter Carson Wentz was lost for the season after tearing an ACL. The backup stumbled out of the gate before finding his rhythm in the playoffs.

He was originally drafted by the Eagles in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft, but was traded to the St. Louis Rams in 2015. He moved to the Kansas City Chiefs in 2016, before re-signing in Philadelphia in 2017 to serve as Wentz’s backup.

Praised for his poise under pressure, Foles had considered giving up the game for a while and wants to become a pastor when he retires, having already signed up to take classes at seminary last off season, according to NBC Sports.


Foles gave some credit for his success to New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who sent a pre-game text message.

“A lot of the message I’ll keep to myself, but the big thing was going into this game, he just reminded me that it’s just football,” Foles said Monday at a news conference, NBC Sports reported.

“There’s a lot of things going on, pregame, a longer pregame, a big halftime show, but at the end of the day when you’re out there, the game will settle down, and it’ll just be football,” the player added.

Foles character was further revealed when he became emotional talking about sharing his moment of glory with his father, who struggled to support the family.

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