(Lessons from Nick Foles)
Before the Superbowl, you may not have known who Nick Foles was…especially if you don’t follow football. He is an amazing example of someone who went on a roller coaster ride for a career, and then fate literally handed him the ball.
Sometimes life comes full circle. He first played for Philly back in 2012 and started when Michael Vick got injured. He was eventually cut and went to play for the Rams and the Chiefs. Finally, as his road to destiny unfolded, he returned to Philly as the backup quarterback for Carson Wentz. Wentz got injured during the 2017 season and Nick’s number got called again.
When Nick started with Philly this time, there was a sense of destiny about him. I watched him play the final games to the playoffs and knew that Philly was going to be a contender. He was not just a QB. He was a leader. He went on to lead Philly to their first Superbowl and beat one of the greatest QBs on the planet…Tom Brady. Tom already had 5 Superbowl rings and this game was going to be just another ring on his finger. That is…until he met Nick Foles and the Eagles.
The coaching was brilliant. The calls were executed with flare, and the team moved up and down the field like a well-oiled machine. It was a thing of beauty to watch. None of the odds-makers gave Philly a chance. Most said it would not be a contest and had as much as a 7 point spread. The odds-makers underestimated Nick Foles and what he brought to the game.
Lessons from Nick:
- Do what you love and do it with passion.
- Don’t give up on your dreams despite the setbacks you have had.
- Listen to people who believe in you. Ignore the nay-sayers.
- Even if your role is to warm the bench, always be prepared to get in the game.
- Don’t let the size of the giant facing you fill you with fear.
- When you believe in yourself, others are more likely to follow you.
- When you do get your chance, give it all you’ve got.
Congrats to Nick Foles and the Philadelphia Eagles. I am a die-hard Cowboy fan, but I now have a great respect for a team that has always been one of our greatest rivals. Great game! Thanks for making this one of the greatest victories in Superbowl history.