Jets could turn to Nick Foles as long-term solution at quarterback

Doug Pederson Nick Foles enjoying Super Bowl moment won't look ahead

Foles started three games for the Eagles after Carson Wentz went down with a season-ending knee injury against the Los Angeles Rams in December. While this has been a source of pride for many athletes over the years, several of this year's winning team, the Philadelphia Eagles, have already committed to not attending the honorary visit - including defensive end Chris Long, who has had a longstanding commitment to social justice. He could have told us how he deserved to be on this stage, and that he never lost belief in himself, or doubted his abilities. In offseasons where football mortality is contemplated even more, it's no small thing surrendering maximum earning capacity in a way that allows the Patriots to invest in the defense.

Instead, Foles reminded us that as recently as a couple of years ago, he nearly gave up on football.

"About a couple of years ago, there was a time where I was thinking about hanging up the cleats", he said. I have wonderful teammates, fantastic coaches around me.

In these few sentences, Foles captured much of what great leadership is all about.

There were so many times he had fallen short of his goals, so many times he had failed to meet expectations, so many times when he wasn't sure where his path would lead.

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That setback thrust Foles into the starting role and after a shaky start, he improved steadily before producing a dazzling performance in the NFC Championship win over Minnesota and then leading the Eagles to glory in Minneapolis. "You have to stand out in front", Jenkins said. But politics were still present at the big game, from the outrage over Dodge using a Martin Luther King Jr. speech to sell trucks to Breitbart's decision to mark the occasion with a racist tweet. "You know what? We're just going to enjoy this moment". That's what inspires others to follow because they want to, not because they have to.

Foles held his daughter tightly as he wept and cheered, soaking up the glory during the post-game celebrations. And despite the fact that Brady won the NFL's MVP award and threw for a record 505 yards in Super Bowl LII, Kellerman, of course, believes this is the start of "the cliff".

An estimated 103.4 million people watched the Philadelphia Eagles beat the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl, the smallest audience for television's biggest yearly event since 2009.

Foles recognized all of this.

Who knows what will happen next for the Patriots?

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