Nick Foles: From pondering retirement to Super Bowl MVP

Story highlights

  • Foles, in his second stint with the Eagles, debated retirement in 2016
  • He's the first player in NFL history to throw for and catch a touchdown in the Super Bowl

Minneapolis (CNN)Nick Foles winning Super Bowl LII MVP honors felt unthinkable on July 27, 2016.

That's when Foles, having been released by the Rams, seriously considered hanging up the cleats.
"I think as people, we deal with struggles," Foles said Sunday night. "And that was a moment in my life where I thought about it, and I prayed about it. I'm grateful that I made the decision to come back and play."
    Indeed.
    Foles, the first backup quarterback to win a Super Bowl since Tom Brady did it in the 2001 season, wasn't fazed by the spotlight. He was 28 of 43 passing for 373 yards and three scores as the Philadelphia Eagles upended the New England Patriots, 41-33.