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'Nick is the real deal': The Christian faith of Super Bowl MVP quarterback Nick Foles

By: Lori Johnston The Washington Post
February 7, 2018 Updated: February 7, 2018 at 1:20 pm
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Philadelphia Eagles' Nick Foles holds up the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the NFL Super Bowl 52 football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Eagles won 41-33. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Nick Foles might need to put his post-football plans on hold.

The Super Bowl LII MVP said in the week leading up to the game that he would like to be a pastor to high school students after his football career. He's even taken online graduate classes at Liberty University's Rawlings School of Divinity.

"It's on my heart," the Philadelphia Eagles' quarterback told the Associated Press. "I took a leap of faith last year and signed up to take classes at seminary. I wanted to continue to learn and challenge my faith. It's a challenge because you are writing papers that are biblically correct. You want to impact people's hearts."

He led the Eagles to their first Super Bowl victory last Sunday with a 41-33 win over the New England Patriots.

"Unbelievable. All glory to God," Foles said during the trophy presentation and MVP ceremony, while holding his baby daughter, Lily.

Foles is among several Eagles players and coaches who are Christians.

"Nick is the real deal - an authentic Christian who has a contagious love for Christ and for others," Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich told The Washington Post in a text message.

Foles' up-and-down career in the NFL, which included him considering retirement, has prepared him to discuss adversity and character building for a Christian audience. In a video on the YouVersion Bible app, he slipped into preacher mode by reading and explaining 2 Corinthians 12:9.

"This verse has brought so much meaning to my heart and in my life," he says, later adding, "Everyone feels weak at some time in our lives, but we have to realize when we're going through that, God's shaping our hearts and allowing us to grow to become who he created us truly to be."

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