Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles on Almost Quitting Football

In his first TV interview since winning the Super Bowl, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles sat down with Ellen to talk about the big game and how two years ago he almost quit football!
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Congratulations. first of all, i was. rooting for you,. so i was very. excited that you won. i always root for the underdog. so i was like this. is so, what a game. i mean the entire. game was incredible. and the gutsy moves. every play you all did. was gutsy and brave. and especially that one,. and you called that, right . it's just sort of a gut feeling. coach pederson and i. had talked about it. and, we had talked about. it a couple of days. before when we wanted. to do it, second half,. different situations. but fourth and one. in the super bowl,. you're going against. the patriots,. you're going to have to. do some stuff that is. sort of risky to win this game. and the philly. special came to mind. and went over there. and asked him. and coach pederson. being the great coach. he is, he's like all. right, let's do it. it worked!. so, the whole thing, is it. a blur or do you remember . do you remember that. feeling when that happened . yeah the feeling of playing. in the super bowl, that's. a question you asked, friends. ask you, and it's just,. it is surreal. it was a dream as a. kid and to do something. like that in the super bowl. we were so fortunate. to be a part of it. and just to be the. underdogs, like you said. everything that happened,. it's been unreal,. and i've really had time. the last couple of days. of just getting away, resting to. sort of reflect with my family. and to sit there and just. be like, what just happened,. this is unbelievable. so that night, because. you play the super bowl,. first of all, the night before,. can you sleep the night before . you know i sleep really. well before games. and then that night,. can you sleep after . i mean that. no. no, did not sleep. for three days. i was too excited. i was too excited. wow and your daughter was. just listening to music. the whole time,. didn't even care. she had more interesting. things to listen to. she doesn't care. to be able to share. and have that picture. to show her when. she grows up to say,. you were part of dad. won the super bowl. i mean that's--. there she is. all alone on the. field you left her. she's somewhere. and then you did these. interviews afterwards. and you talked about failures. which i loved that you did that. and people would say,. why, but explain why. i think just i spoke. from the heart. i spoke from my experience. i was going to stop playing. the game two years ago. there was different things. going on in my life. my wife and i and. in my career as well. to where i'd lost. the joy of the game. and i can't do something. unless my heart's in it. especially the game of football,. that's a seven day a week job. you got everyone depending on. you when you play quarterback. you're in the huddle,. you're doing everything,. it was like if i don't love. this, and it's not in my heart,. i can't do it. i didn't touch a. football for a long time. and then i had my family. there, the support of my wife. there support me through it all. and my wife wrote me a. letter and in the letter. she just talked about wanting. me to go back and play. but not to be out there and. play, but because she knew i. wasn't finished yet. she knew that i had so. much going on in my heart. that i had to face. my fear, basically. because it was almost. paralyzing to go back and play. and i prayed about. it, and i realized. that the tougher decision,. the thing i was more afraid of. was to go back and play. i would've been fine going. in a different way in life. and i would have done whatever. and helped people in any. which way possible. but i knew to make. more growth, i. had to go back in. and face that fear. and face my failures,. and i did it. there was never an 'aha' moment. it was a tough decision and when. i 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 and 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. i remember i broke down one. morning, i was journaling,. and i always read the bible. in the morning and journal. and 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'd gone through. and it was those failures. and as athletes, we have an. opportunity to speak about it. because i feel like athletes. we try to be perfect. and we're not, we fail. just like anyone else,. we have issues. like everyone else. we have life, life happens. it's ok to share. those things because i. think that's what. makes us strong. is overcoming those failures. yeah i agree. we're going to take a break. i know that drew brees texted. you right before the game. what a great guy he is, right . i know you love drew. as you should, as you should. he is a good man. we have that,. there's his jersey. i mean, that really got me. into the game of football. because i hadn't really been. paying attention till they. made it to the super bowl. and now i'm obsessed. but that's why i was just. so impressed with you. and how you played in the game. and i agree with you, i. think failure, it's cliche,. but builds character. in a way that you don't. have unless you have failed. if people just. succeed and succeed,. you have to have failure so. .
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