The football world was buzzing about Tom Brady throwing for 500 yards while starring for New England in yet another Super Bowl--and losing.
People were talking about the catch rule the NFL needs to fix and more to the point, the replay review system that needs to return to its original intent of correcting only obvious officiating mistakes. Philadelphia is still going nuts about its Eagles--who last lost back on Dec. 3 to the Seahawks in Seattle, by the way--being league champions for the first time since 1960. And that they did it with a backup quarterback.
Yet the best moment from Sunday’s scintillating Super Bowl came the day after it.
That champion backup QB is Eagles Super hero Nick Foles. The formerly benched, given-up-on, about-to-retire backup who beat the legendary Brady in Super Bowl 52 had a press conference Monday on his way out of Minneapolis. It was for him becoming maybe the most unlikely Super Bowl most valuable player.
In it, Foles delivered perhaps the best advice to ever come out of the over-hyped NFL championship. His sublime message is already going to my teenagers.
The 29-year-old quarterback was asked: “You’ve had kind of a unique journey (to get here). What would you like people to take from your journey the last few years (and) be inspired by?”
“I think the big thing is don’t be afraid to fail,” Foles said. “I think in our society today — Instagram and Twitter — it’s a highlight reel. It’s all the good things. And then when you look at it, you think, like, ‘Wow,’ when you have a rough day or your life’s not as good as that, you’re failing. Failure’s a part of life. That’s a part of building character and growing. Like, without failure, who would you be? I wouldn’t be up here if I hadn’t fallen thousands of times, made mistakes. We all are human. We all have weaknesses.
“And I think throughout this, just being able to share that and be transparent, I know when I listen to people speak and they share their weaknesses, I’m listening, because (it) resonates. So I’m not perfect. I’m not Superman. I might be in the NFL, and we might’ve just won the Super Bowl, but, hey, we still have daily struggles. I still have daily struggles. But that’s where my faith comes in. That’s where my family comes in.
“And I think when you look at a struggle in your life, just know that that’s just an opportunity for your character to grow.”
Foles’ contract ends after 2018. Carson Wentz will return. The Eagles’ franchise quarterback seemed on his way to winning the league’s MVP award instead of Brady until he had a season-ending knee injury in mid-December. Wentz’s eventual return will put Foles’ playing status in question. Again.
His valuable perspective will carry on long past his Monday trip with his family to Disney World. Way past this fantastic Super Bowl and his playing status with the Eagles, or anyone else.