The win secured the Eagles' place in the Super Bowl, but for quarterback Nick Foles, it was a moment that almost didn't take place.
After becoming a starter early in his career before being benched, traded and reduced to a backup role, the quarterback was uncertain if the NFL was the right place for him
“A lot of people don't know this,” he said in a YouTube video in August 2017. “After my time with a certain NFL team, I wanted to retire. This was a year ago.”
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He added that he “couldn't pick up a football,” and for eight months he “had no love for the game.” In this trying time, he turned to his faith. He read Scripture, prayed and asked God to “just put it on the wall.”
However, he knew “that's not how it works," and in reflection, realized God was "shaping" him and "bringing [him] down to [his] knees.”
The Super Bowl-bound quarterback said in a moment of prayer, God spoke to him. Foles says he was told to “take a step of faith.”
No matter if he continued playing football or went in another direction, he said God reminded him, “I'm going to be with you.” If he didn't play, he said the Lord would be the “most important” thing in his life, and if he did play, he said God told him, “You're going to play to glorify me.”
He explained that when he read 2 Corinthians, he was overcome with a calming sensation and shared the specific verse that gave him the power to make his decision. Foles read:
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.’"
The quarterback is far from the only Eagles player to put his faith in God. The team routinely hosts Bible studies, both for the players and their spouses, and has even established a chapel at its facilities so the team doesn't have to miss church on Sundays.