On Super Bowl Sunday, Nick Foles, who became the Philadelphia Eagles starting quarterback after Carson Wentz tore his ACL in Week 14, hasn't been shy about his Christian faith. He's frequently discussed how his religious faith shapes his life, and on Twitter, Foles’ profile reads, “Believer in Jesus Christ, husband, father, son, brother.”
Being a Christian is so important to Foles that he thinks it will shape his career after he's done with football. He said he dreams of becoming a pastor after he retires.
“I want to be a pastor in a high school,” Foles said shortly before Super Bowl 2018 commenced, according to Fox Sports. “It’s on my heart. I took a leap of faith last year and signed up to take classes at seminary. I wanted to continue to learn and challenge my faith. It’s a challenge because you are writing papers that are biblically correct. You want to impact people’s hearts.”
Foles has also credited prayer with giving him the strength to stay in the NFL.
According to the Boston Herald, “When Nick Foles speaks, the topic of religion permeates nearly every sound bite.”
He's very public about his faith; not only sharing it in interviews, but also sharing it on social media. In July 2017, Foles retweeted this Bible verse: “He forgave us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us. This he nailed to the cross. Colossians 2:13.”
Foles isn't alone in being a practicing Christian on the Eagles. The Washington Post post wrote that faith is “a binding force in the team locker room.”
Quarterback Carson Wentz is also a follower of Jesus Christ. He's defended his faith in the past when people criticized him for being divisive.
“Appreciate that, but offensive and controversial? Two of the main things I tweet about are Jesus and hunting. That’s what I’m passionate about and that won’t ever change! When you love something, you talk about it! Stay convicted about it and don’t worry what others think!” Wentz tweeted.
According to FaithWire, the Eagles have even baptized one of their players in a hotel pool.
“A photo posted to Twitter shows wide receiver Marcus Johnson being baptized in a hotel pool while surrounded by his teammates,” the site reports. Foles and Wentz were among the group.
The team also holds Bible studies.
According to The Christian Post, the Texas-born Foles thanked God for his performance on the football field.
“It took a lot more faith to come back and play than it would’ve to go in the other direction,” said Foles. “Either way would’ve been fine. Either way, I would’ve trusted in God. I would’ve done something else and glorified God in that instance. I knew as a person that the more growth I’ve had and the more opportunity I would have to glorify God and trust in him would be to go back and play football."
In related news, see Foles and his baby daughter together after his Super Bowl win.