Coming off a historic Super Bowl win, the Philadelphia Eagles showed humility in victory by giving glory to God.
Just minutes after the Eagles won their first Super Bowl title, head coach Doug Pederson deflected adulation: “I can only give the praise to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for giving me this opportunity.”
Pederson then huddled with his team in the locker room to say the Lord’s Prayer, emerging afterward to address the media.
“It’s all about the faith, it’s all about our family, and it’s all about the Philadelphia Eagles—and it is in that order,” Pederson said. “My faith keeps me grounded every single day.”
The next day, newly crowned Super Bowl MVP quarterback Nick Foles reflected on his path from nearly retiring to Eagles backup to Philadelphia royalty. He told NBC Sports Philadelphia he cherishes his faith, insisting the times he’s failed led him where he is today.
“I’m not Superman,” he added. “I might be in the NFL, I might have just won a Super Bowl, but, hey, we still have daily struggles, I still have daily struggles. And that’s where my faith comes in, that’s where my family comes in.”
Foles’ postseason performance placed him in the record books and reignited his football career. But success on the field is not what drives him. The 29-year-old is taking online graduate classes at Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity. When he does retire from the NFL, Foles wants to work as a youth pastor. —Evan Wilt