Nick Foles: biography
Nicholas Edward Foles is an American football quarterback. Nick played college football at Arizona and then joined the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles (first stint, 2012; second stint, 2017), the St. Louis Rams (2015) and Kansas City Chiefs (2016). Nick is an author of the motivational book about his life path and success. He has a big list of awards deserved through the saturated football career.
Childhood and youth
Nick Foles was born on January 20, 1989, in Austin, Texas. He was raised by Larry and Melissa Foles. Nick's father is the owner of the restaurant. Nick is not the only child in the family. He has a brother named Marcus.
After the graduation from Westlake High School in 2007, Nick continued studies in the University of Arizona, where he attained a degree in communication. From the childhood Nick took an interest in football and devoted most of his time to it, though, as he later declared in one of the interviews, he had always dreamt of becoming a pastor.
At school, Foles also did well at basketball, but football was closer to his heart. His companions in high school football were Justin Tucker and Kyle Adams.
Primarily Nick Foles belonged to Arizona State University, but later he chose to play for Michigan State for one year and then moved to the University of Arizona. Nick played against Alabama–Birmingham, earning second-team All-Pac 10 honors in 2007.
In Corvallis, Foles brought victory to the Wildcats in a game against Oregon State. The rest of the season Nick kept on a decent outcome.
In 2010 Foles also showed a good start as a redshirt junior: he brought victory to the Wildcats. In the same year, Foles got a trauma in the Washington State game. A knee injury made it impossible for him to play in two games, but Foles managed to show a good score at the end of his junior year with 3,191 yards, 20 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions.
During the 2011 season, Nick took first place in the Pac-12 Conference and fifth place among all NCAA Division I FBS players. One more reward came to Nick when he became second in the Pac-12 and 20th among all FBS players in total passing yardage.
In 2012 the start of his professional career with the Philadelphia Eagles was given. Nick had a four-year contract with the football team. Michael Vick left from the games with an injury, and Foles got a chance to "put his best foot forward". On December 9, he earned his first win as a starter in the Eagles' victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. On December 23, Foles got injured. It happened in a game against the Washington Redskins: he broke his hand and was changed by Vick. On December 26, Nick Foles had to stay in an injured reserve.
The year 2013 was Nick's best year, disregarding his injuries. In the preseason, everyone understood what the beginning of the year prepared for Nick. He had a worthy competitor: Michael Vick, and they had to struggle for the Eagles starting quarterback job in the 2013 season.
On October 6, Foles plays against the New York Giants in the second quarter. The victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers gifted him the best starts of his career. He deserved NFC Offensive Player of the Week award for this game.
On October 15, Foles took the starter place for the Week 7 matchup against the Dallas Cowboys but leaving in the 4th quarter after getting a head injury. A beginner Matt Barkley replaced him.
The critical moment in Nick's career was marked in a game against the Raiders. Foles threw for seven touchdowns, tying a record held by six other quarterbacks. Nick also collected a perfect passer rating (158.3). Foles was awarded his second NFC Offensive Player of the Week Award of the season for his game against the Raiders.
Nick's passer rating has reached a high mark in his sixth game against the Green Bay Packers and became the first quarterback in NFL history to post passer ratings above 149 in consecutive weeks. On November 27, he was nominated the NFC Player of the Month award.
For the seventh time this season, Foles prospered in setting a team record for most passes without an interception (233), thereby breaking Michael Vick's mark of 224 set in 2010. The Eagles triumph at defeating Dallas for the number one spot in the NFC East. There is definitely Nick's merit to bring the Eagles their first NFC East division title in three years by winning over the Cowboys in the regular season finale.
The end of the 2013 regular season brings Foles decent results, and he is beating Tom Brady's 2010 season results. An excellent beginning of 2014 still cannot be compared with previous results. Foles was injured in a game against the Houston Texans and left during the first half. Mark Sanchez replaces Nick at the end of the season. According to the results of 2014, Foles became the owner of the Pro Bowl Offensive MVP award.
St. Louis Rams
On March 10, 2015, Foles was no more in the Eagles. On August 7, 2015, he signed a two-year $24.5 million extension with The Los Angeles Rams. Nick joins the team in the performance against the Seattle Seahawks, giving a head-start to defending NFC Champions. However, in a game against the former divisional competitor, the Washington Redskins, Foles demonstrates an average play.
On November 16, Foles was benched in favor of Case Keenum. He came into the game two weeks later after Keenum left the performance with a trauma. However, Nick didn't produce good results, the team gamed away against Cincinnati Bengals. Foles again appeared on the bench after the Keenum's recovery.
The year 2015 can be described as rough for Nick because he spent enough time as a odd player. Upset that the Rams drafted quarterback Jared Goff with the first overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft, Foles asked for a release and was provided by it on July 27, 2016.
Kansas City Chiefs
On August 3, 2016, Foles signed a contract with the Kansas City Chiefs with the duration of one year. The papers include special arrangements. It had a $1.75 million worth and a second-year option for 2017. Everything depended on Nick's game during the Chiefs' 2016 season. In Week 8 Alex Smith left the game with an injury, so Nick changed him and led the game till the end with the final result of 16/22 completions with 223 yards and two touchdowns. Nick carried off the palm, winning the game over the Jaguars and finished 20–33 with 187 yards and a touchdown.
Joining the Kansas City Chiefs, Foles was not pleased with his results, completing 65.5 percent of his passes. However, he did play well when starter Alex Smith suffered trauma and had to leave. On March 9, 2017, Kansas City made him a free agent, after declining to take him back for a second season.
Philadelphia Eagles (second stint)
The 2017 season is associated with the Super Bowl MVP. On March 13, 2017, Nick Foles signed a two-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles to support Carson Wentz. Foles took Wentz's place, who was forced to leave the game with an injury during Week 14 against the Los Angeles Rams. The Eagles grabbed their first division title since 2013. Foles showed fair results in a victory over the New York Giants and contributed to the victory of the Eagles over the Oakland Raiders.
On January 13, 2018, the Eagles' gain their first playoff victory in nine seasons. The team prevails over the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Divisional playoff game, with Foles demonstrating remarkable results in the field, as well as in the victory over the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship Game, on January 21, 2018.
The game in Super Bowl LII occurs to be a key moment for Nick: he became the first player to both throw and catch a touchdown pass in a Super Bowl. The Eagles overtook the New England Patriots with the score 41–33 and win their first Super Bowl. Foles takes the title of the Most Valuable Player of the game.
On April 20, 2018, Nick Foles and the Eagles concluded a new agreement. On September 3, 2018, Foles became a starter for the season opener against the Atlanta Falcons. He led the Eagles to a 1–1 record through two games.
On December 12, 2018, Foles successfully started his third of the season in the Week 15 game against the Los Angeles Rams. In Week 16, Foles earned the NFC Offensive Player of the Week award after the performance against the Houston Texans.
On December 30, a new NFL record is taken by Foles. In a Week 17 game with the Washington Redskins, he makes consecutive pass completions with 25 in a row. The Eagles conquer the field in the Wild Card playoff game against the Chicago Bears, after the Nick’s winning touchdown drive.
On January 19, 2019, Nick was promised to receive a $1 million bonus for playing 33 percent of the Eagles' snaps and the team made the playoffs, even though Foles missed the mark by just four plays (32.69 percent).
On February 5, 2019, the Philadelphia Eagles declared that they would take away the $20 million option on Foles' contract. But right away, Foles let the Eagles know about exercising his option of paying the Eagles $2 million to cancel their choice.
Nick married Tori Moore, the younger sister of former NFL player Evan Moore, in 2014, after they have been together at the University of Arizona. The couple had a lot in common, as Evan was into volleyball and went on to work for Nike after graduation. In 2017 they had a baby. The daughter's name is Lily James Foles. The family now lives in a southern New Jersey home in Haddonfield.
Foles is a Christian. At present, Nick is earning his master's degree in divinity at Liberty University. He plans to become a pastor in the future, after his football career. From childhood he believes that it's his destiny.
In 2018, Nick released a motivational book "Believe It: My Journey of Success, Failure, and Overcoming the Odds" that became a New York Times Bestseller. The book provides a look at Nick’s not an easy path to the Super Bowl, the ups and downs that he managed to survive.
Nick starred in the commercial "I'm going to Disney World". He took part in a parade which was held down Main Street, U.S.A. in the Magic Kingdom, after the Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl for the first time. During the parade Foles waved to the jubilant crowd, standing in a float shared with Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and other Disney characters.
Nick has the nickname "St. Nick". It was given to him by Philadelphia Eagles fans as he has been good at taking wins late in the season and the postseason.
Nick Foles is a star of memes on Instagram, Twitter and throughout the Internet. During the 4th quarter of the Eagles’ victory over the Minnesota Vikings, Foles was seen on live TV speaking to somebody on the phone. Nobody knows, who he was talking to (Tom Brady, 911 or Mitch McConnell), but the fans created many comical memes.
Nick's net worth is estimated at $17 million.
- A record with seven touchdown passes in a win over the Oakland Raiders on November 3, 2013. Nick is the first to throw that many TDs and finish the game with a perfect passer rating of 158.3.
- Closing the 2013 season with 27 touchdowns against just two interceptions, for a record 13.5 TD-INT ratio (since broken by Tom Brady); NFL-best 119.2 passer rating, then the third best in history.
- A 92.7 passer rating, tops in team history (in the first four seasons with the Eagles).
- Super Bowl champion (LII)
- Super Bowl MVP (LII)
- Pro Bowl selection (2013)
- Pro Bowl Offensive MVP (2013)
- NFL record postseason passer rating (minimum 125 attempts): 113.2
- NFL Passer rating leader (2013)
- NFL record 7 touchdown passes in a game (tied)
- NFL record highest completion percentage in a game with 7 TD passes: 78.57 (2013)
- NFL record most passing touchdowns (7) with a perfect passer rating (158.3) in a game (2013)
- NFL record best touchdown pass–interception differential in a single game: 7 TDs, 0 INTs (2013) (tied)
- Highest career passer rating in Eagles franchise history: 92.9
- NFL record most consecutive pass completions (25) (tied with Philip Rivers and Ryan Tannehill)
- NFL record most consecutive pass completions (25) in one game (tied with Phillip Rivers)