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Super Bowl Champ Nick Foles Believes Winning Isn’t Everything

He’s the backup quarterback that led the Philadelphia Eagles to Super Bowl glory. Nick Foles looks back at his MVP performance and shares why sports immortality isn’t the pinnacle of his existence. Read Transcript


- [Narrator] The NFL career of Nick Foles

has become a storied passage,

from starter to back up,

to the most recent Superbowl MVP.

Only fitting that onewho's passed through,

been passed over, andhas now brought the pass

carries the title ofChampionship Quarterback.

- Pretty intense during Superbowl week.

What was your prayer?

- The two weeks leading upto it are some of the most

intense weeks of footballI've ever been a part of.

Just from a distraction standpoint,

from a preparation standpoint.

And I don't want to pray for victory.

I don't want to put that on a pedestal.

And then, if we are able to win,

that you keep me humble.

We'll see what the scoreboard says.

No matter what, I justwant to play without fear

and that's a win.

- You still wowed by the 2017 season?

- Yeah, absolutely.

Having the opportunity tobe a part of a great team

to win the Superbowl.

Doesn't seem real that you'reholding a Superbowl ring.

But it's not everything.

Like, I'm not wearing it.

I actually forgot my wedding ring today.

I was up so early.

I do have a wedding ring.

- You're gonna hear about it when (laughs)

- Oh, I know, I know.

- Achievement for people is everything.

There's work that goesinto it and it's a reward.

Is it everything it's cracked up to be?

- It is not.

When you achieve something,you go after something,

and be successful, isit solely for yourself?

I mean, you're gonna be soempty at the end of the journey.

You've heard many people win awards,

or even win the Superbowl,

that say I feel like there should be more,

but there's not.

And I'm holding my daughter.

Then I go hoist the trophy,

just thinking my greatest achievement

was giving my life to Christ,my relationship with Christ.

This isn't gonna fulfill me.

I've already beenfulfilled because of that.

- [Interviewer] You were forewarned

by your first Eagles coach

how you come to Philly thick-skinned,

and you better know who you are.

- You know, I think in Philly,

it was the most unique fan base

I have ever been a part of, ever seen.

And the reason is is'cause it's not a fan base.

It's more of a family.

When Andy Reid said that to me,

he basically said this cityhas torn grown men apart.

The Eagles fans want us togo out there and play well,

we want to play well.

Though 2017 and the Superbowlare something we will always

remember, that we'llalways be grateful for,

and it will live forever inPhiladelphia Eagle history,

life goes on.

And that's just sorta how the sport is.

It's a humbling sport.

- Rocky Steps and Statue inthe very city you play in,

do you identify with that underdog?

- I think the whole city does.

I think that's why the wholestory resonated so well

at Philly.

It's an underdog city.

A lot of the players on ourteam are underdog players.

But I think that Rocky'salways been the theme

of the city.

As though you get knockeddown, you're not down.

You just keep getting back up.

You keep fighting,grinding, throwing punches

and eventually you'regonna start landing them.

And we landed the final punch.

- Superbowl MVP Quarterbackto backup quarterback.

How do you separateyourself from the labels

to your own personalidentity of who you are?

- It's going through the struggles,

going through the failures,

going through St. Louisto experience that.

It sort of relinquishedthe title of football.

And I wasn't holding on to it anymore.

I wasn't holding on to the NFL.

If you get to the top and you're alone,

it's a lonely place.

Life's meant to be lived in fellowship.

To be lived in one another.

For me, a relationship with Christ,

that's a relationship.

It's not a religion.

It's not rules.

It's living in the moment andyou're just grateful for it.

- [Interviewer] What'smost self destructive

about accomplishment?

- The pride that comes along with it.

And I'm just as guilty as everyone.

There's times whereeveryone's complimenting you,

patting you on the back,

and you sort of forget your roots.

What am I rooting?

Well every morning, I get in the word,

I read devotionals, I pray,

and there's times when all of a sudden

you get pulled in every which direction

where it starts to becomemore about you naturally

because you're not humbling yourself

by stating the word and gettingyour perspective straight.

- They see you then enter into this season

with Carson Wentz returning,

and you going into a backup role.

When do you find yourselfbeing most challenged

with humility in that?

- I think the biggestchallenge this off season

with going through that was honestly

a month after theSuperbowl when the Eagles

came out and basicallyput me on the trade box,

said hey if you guys offerup two first strung picks

we'll be open to trading Nick.

And then you think,

all right, well, allright, I can be a starter,

I got proven that.

And then you get sorta distracted.

But that's where likestaying rooted in Christ,

going through it, trusting him,

but struggling.

There's times I struggle.

And then just being ready,

getting the heart readyto go back to Philly,

to be a backup.

- What does weakness bring Nick Foles?

- I think in society strengthis the most appealing thing.

I think it always has been.

Showing weakness hasalways been frowned upon.

But is that sharing your struggles?

And most people say yeah that's weakness.

To me, that's actually strength,

'cause it takes youbeing sure of yourself,

who you are, to be able toshare what's really going on

inside you.

I think that's why thisbook was so purposeful

and what Tori and I have gonethrough with her illness,

postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome.

Everyday she continuesto excel and get better,

but we've grown so muchcloser to each other,

we've grown closer to God.

And there's been so manyblessings that happened

out of this.

God always has a plan,you just gotta trust it.

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