Former Superbowl MVP Nick Foles has once again spoken out about his faith, this time how it helped him cope after suffering a broken clavicle during the week one game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Now gearing up his big return, the Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback spoke candidly to reporters about how his trust in God never wanes, even through periods of suffering and disappointment.
“Right when I felt this thing break and I was going into the locker room I just realized, ‘God this wasn’t exactly what I was thinking when I came to Jacksonville.'” Foles explained.
“But at the end of the day, I said, ‘God if this is the journey you want me to go on, I’m going to glorify you in every action, good or bad.’ You know, I still can have joy in injury. People hear that and say that’s crazy, but it’s like when you believe in Jesus and you go out there and you play, that changes your heart.”
The star player went on to say that even as he was crowned Superbowl champion, his joy was placed firmly in Jesus. “You only understand it when you get that purpose in your life, just like when I hoisted the Lombardi trophy… the reason I’m smiling is my faith was in Christ,” he said.
“In that moment, I realized I didn’t need that trophy to find who I was, because I was already in Christ. And that’s my message when I play, same thing happens when I get injured… we tend to this so much about us, as human beings, we tend to make it about us, as athletes, it’s not about us. It really isn’t,” he added. “If you make it about yourself, you’re probably gonna go home at night, lay your head on your pillow and be very alone, and very sad.”
“I feel like I’m in a better situation here as a person than I was before, because of the trial I just went under… I know that’s a sermon in itself,” Foles added. “That’s how I go through life — the good Lord has always been there.”
Foles will take his place in the Jaguar’s starting lineup Sunday in their game against the Indianapolis Colts.