There’s a story in today’ Philadelphia Daily News–a story that I dig.
Nick Foles father, a self-made millionaire via the restaurant business, believes his son is ready to take the reigns in Philadelphia and lead this team to big things. While any father would probably say that just days before his son’s first career NFL start, the story of Larry Foles’ success provides context to the seemingly strong mental makeup of the Eagles’ newest starting quarterback.
Foles sold a total of 11 restaurants last year for a cool $59 million, putting his family in, well, let’s say a “strong” financial situation for the future. And while Nick Foles likely benefited coming from an affluent home, the value of hard work and grinding it out wasn’t lost upon him.
Larry, who didn’t earn a high school diploma, at times worked 80 to 100 hours per week to make his money. And his son drew inspiration from that.
From Les Bowen’s piece:
Nick said his parents, Larry and Melissa, who retain extensive restaurant holdings, have “always been my inspiration. They’ve given me this opportunity.”
And because of this keen sense of appreciation, Larry Foles expects his son to deliver.
Larry Foles said Wednesday he feels his 23-year-old son is “ready for any challenge.”
“He’s one of the most earnest, humble, good people in the world,” Larry Foles said. “He understands adversity, and he understands the patience to get through it. He really understands, we talk about it all the time, the Philly fans. He said, ‘Dad, they’re tough. They’re going to let you have it. But, boy I tell you, if you do well, they’re going to cheer you on like crazy.’ I said, ‘are you ready?’ He said, ‘I’m ready for it, I really am. I love fans like that.’
This might not exactly be an underdog story, a narrative that Eagles fans typically draw themselves too, but it’s a nice one that will surely be told numerous times should Foles deliver on his dad’s expecations.