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March 11, 2019
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From the bottom of all the hearts in Philadelphia, Thank You Nick Foles!
Posted on March 11, 2019
Philadelphia says, “Thank you Nick Foles!”
Foles’s time with the Eagles was initially cut short in 2015 when Chip Kelly traded him to the Rams in exchange for Sam Bradford. I remember sitting and thinking, “Nick Foles might not be Philadelphia’s answer, but I know for sure it’s not Sam Bradford.” As it turns out, Foles was the answer for Philly. After a rough season with the Rams, contemplating retirement, and serving as a backup in Kansas City, Foles returned to his NFL home city and delivered the ultimate reward to the fans. As his time as an Eagle has officially come to an end and he signs with the Jaguars, let’s take a look back at some of his highlights as we say, thank you Foles!
Draft day in 2012
In 2012, the Eagles selected Foles with the 88th pick in the draft. In his book, “Believe It”, Foles talks about the night he was drafted. He was watching the draft with his family in Texas. As they were getting around to the Eagles pick, the power in his home went out and in the midst of trying to get it back on, he lost his cell phone. He found the phone as it was ringing with a Philadelphia phone number on the front. When he answered, Andy Reid was on the other line.
Before the draft, the Philadelphia Eagles, and more specifically, Doug Pederson, were the only team to work out Foles.
His first few years with the Birds
In 2012, Reid’s last year as head coach, the Birds didn’t provide much excitement. The team went 4-12 in a huge letdown season. One positive, however? Nick Foles. In a late-season game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Foles stepped in for an injured Michael Vick. In the final minutes, he led a game-winning drive to give the Eagles a W.
In 2013, Kelly’s first year, he held an open QB competition. Ultimately, the starting role went to Vick. However, Vick went down early with an injury, and Foles stepped in. In 2013, he had 27 touchdowns and two interceptions. In there as well, he had a seven-touchdown game which ties an NFL record.
The most important thank you to Foles
When Carson Wentz tore his ACL in 2017, it looked like the high hopes for the postseason ended. However, Foles had other ideas. After a strong closeout to the Rams game, Foles led the Eagles to two more regular season wins, clinching the number one seed, a first-round bye, and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
After a shaky start in the divisional-round, Foles picked it up in the second half against the Falcons and never looked back. He led the Eagles to a win that night and another sensational performance over the Minnesota Vikings. We as fans didn’t think Foles could perform better than he did on Championship Sunday. However, we were wrong.
Two weeks later was the biggest test of Nick Foles’s career. And he rose to the occasion. On February 4, 2018, Nick Foles went 28/43 for 373 yards and three passing touchdowns. Foles also secured a receiving touchdown as well, that will forever be the most infamous play in Philadelphia Eagles history. That catch made him the first NFL QB to throw and catch a touchdown in a Super Bowl. The almost-retired at one point Foles led the Philadelphia Eagles to their first Super Bowl titl and was named Super Bowl MVP.
The farewell tour for Foles
Foles got the first two starts of the season before Wentz returned from injury. When Wentz, unfortunately, went down once again, it truly seemed like the Eagles were done. There were small hopes for making playoffs. Once again, Foles stepped in and did the unthinkable. He led the Eagles to 3-straight wins to close out the season against the Rams, the Texans, and the Redskins. The first two games were absolute battles that came down to the final plays. But in the end, BDN got the job done.
In the playoffs, unfortunately, the result wasn’t the same as 2017-18. However, it was still one hell of a ride. Somehow Foles led the Eagles down the field for a game-winning drive against the number one defense of the Chicago Bears. And they put up a good fight before it came to an end against the Saints.
One final Thank You
From the bottom of every heart in Philadelphia, thank you Foles. Without the way you stepped in in 2017, we wouldn’t have gotten the chance to see our team hoist the Lombardi Trophy. No other backup quarterback could have stepped up in the same fashion. There are no words to truly describe the amount of gratitude we have for your play in this city. Thank you for not retiring, and thank you for choosing to return to Philadelphia.
We wish you the best of luck in Jacksonville. Thank you, Super Bowl MVP. Once an Eagle, always an Eagle. Fly Eagles Fly.