Nick Foles will go down as a legend in the world of Philadelphia sports. The Super Bowl 52 MVP bid the City goodbye this offseason as he made a move he deemed best for his family and his career, signing a contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars. But his legacy as an Eagle will live on forever.
As if it wasn’t possible to love Foles any more than you already do, he spoke with Derrick Gunn of NBC Sports ahead of the Eagles vs Jaguars preseason game and had something very warming to say.
Nick Foles changed his jersey number because ‘9 stays in Philadelphia.’
RETIRE. IT. NOW. EAGLES.
Nobody will ever view the number 9 in the same way in Philadelphia. From a third-round pick backup QB, and being an outcast who was sent to the Rams, watching his career fading, to the MVP of Super Bowl 52 and a quarterback who may, just may, have been able to send the Eagles back into contention to defend that very crown, his story embodies everything Philadelphia stands for.
There will be other backup quarterbacks in the future, there may even be others who don that number for a while. But there will never be a Nick Foles. There will never be another legend of that magnitude, that will echo through generations as one of the greatest stories ever told in the world of sports. There will never be a man as humble and as loved as Foles, or a scenario where he opts to willingly go back into the shadows to help the team and push Carson Wentz to his best through ACL recovery.
There will never be another Nick Foles.
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