For the first time, the Eagles are Super Bowl champions, knocking off the New England Patriots 41-33 at US Bank Stadium.
It was an improbable run for the Eagles — especially for their quarterback, Nick Foles. He was named Super Bowl MVP after completing 28 of 43 passes for 373 yards and three touchdowns and become a folk hero in a city that has desperately waited for a championship since 1960.
Foles has a calling far greater than throwing touchdown passes.In fact, Foles is so religious that he has a different career calling in mind after his football career is over.
But that won’t define Foles in the big picture. He has more important plans for his future.
“I want to be a pastor in a high school,” according to FOX29.
“It’s on my heart. I took a leap of faith last year and signed up to take classes at seminary. I wanted to continue to learn and challenge my faith. It’s a challenge because you are writing papers that are biblically correct. You want to impact people’s hearts.”
Foles is part of a team that has a strong Christian brotherhood and is passionate about helping students find their way and plans to use his experiences to inspire and encourage them.
“When I speak to (students), that’s such a time of young men and young women’s lives that there’s a lot of things that are thrown at them. So much temptation in this world, so much going on with social media and the internet that you want to talk to them and address it and share all the weaknesses I have because I’ve fallen many times,” Foles said. “It’s something I want to do. I can’t play football forever. I’ve been blessed with an amazing platform and it’s just a door God has opened, but I still have a lot of school left and a long journey.”
According to The Christian Post, the Texas-born Foles thanked God for his performance on the football field.
“It took a lot more faith to come back and play than it would’ve to go in the other direction,” Foles told the AP. “Either way would’ve been fine. Either way, I would’ve trusted in God. I would’ve done something else and glorified God in that instance. I knew as a person that the more growth I’ve had and the more opportunity I would have to glorify God and trust in him would be to go back and play football,” he added.