It is commonly said that a sportsman is only as good as his last game. This time-honoured cliché certainly proves true in the case of Nick Foles. The athlete once held sway as one of the most prolific quarterbacks in the NFL; setting records and winning the super bowl. He has however witnessed a sharp decline in fortunes in recent times and this has turned fans against him. So, what really happened to Foles and how did he go from grace to grass? All these and more questions are answered below.
Nick Foles’ Humble Beginnings
Nicholas Edwards Foles was born on the 20th of January 1989 in Austin, Texas. His father’s name is Larry while his mother’s name is Melissa. The quarterback also has two sisters named Katie and Lacey. Foles grew up in Austin and attended Westlake High School where he played both football and basketball and equally excelled at the two. He thus received both football and basketball scholarships but choose to focus on football. Foles spent one-year playing college football at the Michigan State University. He subsequently transferred to the University of Arizona where he played for three more seasons. In four years of college football, Foles completed 938 of 1,404 passes for 10,068 yards, 67 TDs, and 33 INTs. He achieved top conference rankings in his senior year and also completed his degree in communications.
His Impressive Pro Career and Super Bowl Run
Nick Foles was picked by the Philadelphia Eagles with the 88th overall pick during the 2012 NFL Draft. He subsequently penned a four-year deal with the franchise but would only spend three years with the team. The climax of these three years came in the 2013 season when the Austin native completed 203 of 317 passes for 2,891 yards, 27 TDs, and 2 INTs. He led the Eagles to the NFC East Divisional title. He also set several records, including best TD-INT ratio in NFL history (27-2) and the third-best passer rating in NFL history. Following his three-year stint with the Philadelphia Eagles, Foles moved on to teams such as St. Louis Rams (2015) and the Kansas City Chiefs (2016).
He subsequently returned to the Philadelphia Eagles in March 2017. During this second coming, Foles started out as the backup quarterback but was upgraded to the first string after an injury to Carson Wentz. He repaid the confidence reposed on him by leading the team to 10 victories in 13 matches. The Eagles made it all the way to Super Bowl LII and defeated the New England Patriots to clinch the coveted trophy. Foles personally completed 28 of 43 passes for 373 yards, 3 TDs, and 1 INT and was named the super bowl MVP. He also made history as the first quarterback to throw and receive a touchdown pass in a super bowl.
Subsequent Fall From Grace
Following his 2017 super bowl heroics, Nick Foles spent one extra season with the Eagles before buying himself out of the remainder of his contract. He subsequently joined the Jacksonville Jaguars in March 2019 in a deal worth $88 million. In shelling out such a huge sum, the Jaguars had high hopes that Foles would lead them to championship glory. That dream was however shattered after the quarterback suffered a clavicle injury in the very first game of the season. Foles had to spend the next ten weeks recuperating before making a comeback in November 2019. His return has however been disastrous as he has suffered a consistent dip in form. The Jaguars lost the first two games he started and in the third game, he committed several costly blunders as his team fell 25 – 0 at halftime. This dismal performance led to boos from his own fans. It also made the team coach to bench him before the second half. Foles has since stated that he would continue giving his best in order to ensure a turnaround. The truth, however, remains that his playing days may be over if a miracle doesn’t happen.
His Marriage to a Fellow Athlete
Foles not only hails from a happy family but has also been able to establish his own stable family unit. The quarterback is married to a former volleyball player, Tori Foles nee Moore. Tori is a native of California and was born on the 6th of June 1990. She hails from a family of five. It comprises of her dad, Daniel, mom – Rosina, and siblings, Evan and Ryan. Evan is a former NFL tight end and now works as a sports analyst. Tori was a standout volleyball player in high school. She also played all throughout college before subsequently retiring. So, how did this love story start? Well. Foles first met his wife while they were both students of the University of Arizona.
They bonded over their mutual Christian faith, as well as shared passion for sports. The pair, however, refrained from anything romantic until they left college in 2011. Foles and Tori dated for three years before tying the knot in April 2014. The couple has been together ever since then and welcomed a daughter, Lily James, in June 2017. It must be noted that Foles and his wife have not had it all easy. Tori suffers from Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) which causes profound dizziness, fatigue, pain, and elevated heartbeats. Additionally, in May 2019, the lady shared a heartfelt Instagram post in which she disclosed that they had suffered a miscarriage at 15 weeks. She, however, reaffirmed that they would hold on to their faith in God.