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Super Bowl MVP Foles explains why he stayed with Eagles in the backup role
Jason Kelce, Nick Foles and Fletcher Cox in the Super Bowl of the Eagles.
Martin Frank / The News Journal
PHILADELPHIA – Nick Foles said he never wanted to leave the Eagles, even if that meant moving from the Super Bowl MVP to a backup role once Carson Wentz recovers from suffering two broken ligaments in his knee.
That's why Foles said on Tuesday he never cared about the rumors of change, despite his desire to return as a starting quarterback. Executive vice president of football operations for the Eagles, Howie Roseman, did not necessarily deny those rumors of change last month.
Foles agreed to restructure his contract last week, which gave him an increase of $ 2 million and incentives that could take his contract for this season to $ 14 million depending on the number of starts, and so on.
"You have to look at the time and place where you are," said Foles. "I've seen both sides, the grass is not always greener on the other side, do I want an opportunity to lead a team again? Absolutely.
" But am I trying to escape and do it right? now? I'm grateful to be here … I'm not hitting the table at all. I'm very grateful to be in this moment. "
Foles told a radio station in Austin, Texas earlier this month, that he wanted to start over, Foles said he could not believe that it would become a big problem.
"I can not believe I had to leave and say I want to start again," said Foles. "I've always believed that your actions speak louder than words. I should not have to go out and say I should be a starter again, because if I say that, there are many guys who say they should not be starters. The key is to go out on the field and lead your team and show people that, hey, this guy is a good guy in the locker room, he can lead a team, he did it in the field, and he has shown it. For me, that's what I've always had to do. "
Foles said he did not demand an exchange, and that the restructuring of the contract was a mutual decision because of" the unique situation we're in. " Autoplay
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The contract, however, gives Foles and the Eagles a mutual option for 2019. Therefore, this season may be Foles "They last with the Eagles.
"It was kind of a mutual thing, just because of the situation we were in," Foles said. "The contract, if you really analyze it, is a really good contract, it benefits me, it also benefits the team. choice over me, we create something that benefits me, benefits the team, it's a unique situation we're in now. "
And Foles said he wants that to continue, whether the season starts as a starting quarterback or Wentz returns in time for Week 1.
"It's just living in the moment," Foles said of the season "My time now is to help this team … while Carson is recovering, every time he recovers and returns, and I'm excited for him, I want him to recover, come back and come back with Carson Wentz
" it excites me. "
But Foles admits that there are things that have changed after winning the Super Bowl, he goes beyond being taken to Disney World hours after the game after being named MVP.
" I'm still the same kind. I just can not go to many places, "he said laughing.
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But he has tried not to let him change it as a person.
The same is true for the other Eagles who made themselves available to the media on Tuesday, both for center Jason Kelce and for defensive tackle Fletcher Cox.
"They take more pictures when he goes out for breakfast, "Kelce said with a smile." It has not changed much. "
Meanwhile, Cox said there was a parade in his honor in his hometown of Yazoo City, Mississippi, and that a street received His name, which is now called "Fletcher Cox." Road. "
" They called the longest street in the city of Yazoo after me, "said Cox.
Kelce, who gained instant fame for his speech at the parade four days after the Super Bowl on February 8, was thrilled when asked what the speech meant to him.
Kelce dressed in a Mummer costume for the parade, then, in his speech on the steps of the Art Museum, listed all the doubts that experts and fans had about him and his teammates, head coach Doug Pederson and Roseman.
He said that the impetus "came from the heart".
start thinking about all these points in your life where you have to overcome things, "said Kelce." I found myself, literally [after] the game of the Vikings in the shower (stopped to hold back the tears).
"You become very emotional, you're crying, then I'm running on the field after the Super Bowl and I can not believe this happened, it hits you all at once." That was the whole speech, it was not just me. They were all these stories I'm thinking about at night, I can not sleep, then you start thinking about how the others came and how the city got there.
"There I began to analyze what I was going to say."
And that was one of the reasons why Foles decided to stay.
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