Uncertain future for hero Foles
PHILADELPHIA Eagles quarterback Nick Foles faces an uncertain future despite winning his Super Bowl shoot-out with Tom Brady on Sunday.
Foles, 29, went toe-to-toe with New England Patriots counterpart Brady in a thrilling 41-33 upset victory for the Eagles in Minneapolis.
But in a rare twist of circumstance, MVP Foles is likely to find himself relegated to a back-up role next season when the Eagles’ first choice quarterback Carson Wentz recovers from a knee injury.
Foles, a devoutly religious Texan who plans to be a pastor when he retires from the NFL, was thrust into the starting role when Wentz was injured in December.
After a shaky start, Foles improved steadily, producing a dazzling performance against Minnesota in the playoffs before serving up Sunday’s masterpiece, which included three touchdowns and 373 passing yards.
If he reverts to being a back-up next season, he would be the first Super Bowl-winning quarterback not to have a starting spot since Trent Dilfer, who was cut by the Baltimore Ravens after their 2000 Super Bowl win.
On Sunday, however, Foles, 29, was happy to bask in his success, reflecting on the crowning glory of a career that he almost walked away from two years ago.
“About a couple of years ago, there was a time where I was thinking about hanging up the cleats,” he told reporters.
“And I think as people, we deal with struggles. And that was a moment in my life where I thought about it, and I prayed about it. I’m grateful that I made the decision to come back and play.”