Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles savoured a victory which had been a long time coming on Sunday after steering his team to a fairytale first Super Bowl crown.
The 29-year-old Texan’s composure proved crucial as the Eagles stunned Tom Brady and the Patriots to seal a 41-33 win at the US Bank Stadium.
“I’m speechless,” said Foles, a back-up who was thrust into the starting position when Carson Wentz suffered a season-ending injury in December.
“To be a part of this organisation, to be in this moment is something you dream about as a kid. To be right here with the confetti flying with the greatest group of men.
“We have been wanting this for a long time, and I am just blessed to have be a part of it. We have such a great city to play for and I am proud to be a Philadelphia Eagle.”
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) February 5, 2018
Foles said he had been relaxed about the prospect of facing Patriots star Brady, who was chasing a record sixth Super Bowl.
Foles had only just turned 13 when Brady was winning his first Super Bowl with the Patriots in 2002.
“I felt calm,” said Foles. “We have such a great group of guys, such a great coaching staff. We felt confident coming in and we just went out there and played football.
“We’ve played this game since we were little kids. We dreamed about this moment. There’s plenty of kids watching this game right now dreaming about this moment.”
Foles faces an uncertain future. If he remains with the Eagles next season, he will likely revert to being a back-up.
Alternatively, he may now seek a move.
Team-mates however lavished praise on their devoutly religious team-mate who hopes to become a pastor after his NFL career.
“He’s amazing,” said tight end Zach Ertz. “The past three weeks, he’s been playing out of his mind. People panicked when Carson went down.
“Nick, we had all the confidence in the world in him. He’s a fantastic human, fantastic player.”
Defensive end Brandon Graham, who forced the decisive fumble in the fourth quarter, said the Eagles offense had carried the team.
“I will say that our offense carried us today,” Graham said. “But no matter how ugly it was, we came out with the win.
“I’m thankful for the offense. Nick Foles was hot and he deserved everything that came to him.”
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