Long before he helped the Eagles win Super Bowl LII, quarterback Nick Foles talked about how he had considered quitting football.
After a stellar 2013 season in which he had thrown 27 touchdowns and just two interceptions, Foles’ career had trended downward to the point he was released by the Rams after the 2015 season. It was then that Foles’ joy for the game had vanished and he prayed to God for guidance.
Foles signed with the Chiefs, played well in relief of Alex Smith, then joined Philadelphia again in 2017, took over for the injured Carson Wentz and led the Eagles to their first Super Bowl title.
Earlier this week, Foles was on “Ellen” and he expounded on how his wife was instrumental in his decision to return to the game and why it was important.
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“I knew to make more growth, I had to go back in and face that fear and face my failures,” Foles said. “And I did it. There was never an a-ha moment. It was a tough decision and when I just took a step in that faith, I still was like, ‘This is going to be tough, I don’t know if this is the right decision.’ But I did it.”
That step was signing with the Chiefs.
Foles, who was the Super Bowl MVP, said there was one exact moment at the Chiefs camp in St. Joseph, Mo., when his attitude about football changed.
“It was the fourth day of training camp with the Kansas City Chiefs where all of a sudden like a veil was lifted and the joy came back in my heart,” Foles said. “I remember I broke down one morning. I was journaling and I always read the Bible in the morning and journal.
“I remember just crying because I was like I love the game of football again, but it was a different feel, it was a totally different feel, because of what I had gone through.”
You can see the interview here: