This year’s Super Bowl game took an unexpected turn when the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the 5-time champion New England Patriots for their first ever winning Super Bowl title. The Eagles' historic win was a spotlight moment in itself, but the team has used this opportunity to glorify God a thousand times over.
Postgame celebrations included several players and the head coach publicly praising Jesus Christ, a locker room prayer session, and continued faith-filled statements from the team’s top players. Prior to the big game, backup quarterback Nick Foles—now the Super Bowl LII MVP—revealed that he wanted to be a pastor following his NFL retirement.
After the Super Bowl, Foles—an outspoken Christian, delivered another powerful and faith-filled message during a press conference. His statement came amid talk of Foles’ post-Super Bowl football career. Given his stunning performance this season, the question remains: Will Foles stay a second-string quarterback for the Eagles or move on as a starter for a new team?
In the interview with USA Today Sports, Foles assured that wherever his career takes him, he’s “not worried” and he is extremely happy for Carson Wentz to return in good condition.
He continued with a truly influential message about failure:
“I think the big thing is don’t be afraid to fail,” Foles began. “In our society today, with Instagram and Twitter, it’s a highlight. It’s all the good things. When you look at it, you have a bad day, you think your life isn’t as good, you’re failing. Failure is a part of life. It’s a part of building character and growing. Without failure, who would you be?”
He continued, “I wouldn’t be up here if I hadn’t fallen thousands of times, made mistakes. We all are human. We all have weaknesses. Just being able to share that and be transparent. I know when people speak and share their weaknesses, I listen. Because I can [relate].”
“I’m not perfect. I’m not Superman. We might be in the NFL and we might have just won the Super Bowl, but we all have daily struggles,” the Super Bowl MVP said. “That’s where my faith comes in. That’s where my family comes in. I think when you look at a struggle in your life, just know that it’s an opportunity for your character to grow.”
“And that’s just been the message. Simple. If something’s going on in your life and you’re struggling? Embrace it. Because you’re growing,” Foles ended.
J.J. Watt, a defensive end for the Houston Texans, retweeted Foles’ powerful statement. Watt stated that Foles was simply “speaking straight truths.”
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In other faith news, another Eagles player made national headlines after it was announced that he would be filling in for VP Mike Pence as a prayer event’s keynote speaker.