Nick Foles writes a letter to Philadelphia Eagles fans

Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) /

Former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles wrote a farewell letter to the city of Philadelphia as he’s getting ready to leave.

Just two days ago, the departure of Nick Foles became a reality. We knew it was coming, but it was still shocking to see it all unfold. Two years ago, Nick Foles inked a deal to join the Philadelphia Eagles for the second time in his career. At 28-years-old, it seemed as though Nick Foles used up all of his opportunities to be a starter in the NFL. He was proceeding to move forward playing football but understood his role was no more than a backup at the time.

Little did Foles know, he would have the opportunity to help lead the Eagles to Super Bowl LII, where he defeated the defending world champions, the New England Patriots. As Foles hoisted the Vince Lombardi trophy for the first time, he would eventually hear his name called while at the podium so he could be crowned the MVP. And just like that, Foles became a Philadelphia legend.

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. Foles knew that he wasn’t going to take over as a starter in Philly. With the Eagles putting a major investment into Carson Wentz, it was far from a secret that Foles would eventually have to find another team if he really wanted to start. Therefore, the Eagles finally allowed Foles to walk and test the Free Agency market. Although his market wasn’t as crowded as he expected, the Jacksonville Jaguars will be the next team to give Foles his third, and possibly, final chance to become a full-time starting quarterback.

Nick Foles says goodbye for the final time

"“The second time I signed with the Eagles, I picked them. I was a 28-year-old free agent, and I had a few good options. Some interesting offers. But the truth is, once they showed interest….. it was always going to be Philly. The reason that I signed ultimately wasn’t a football one. It was that Tori and I were expecting our first child — our daughter, Lily. And as much as I admire the Eagles as a franchise? I love Philadelphia as a city. I realized that this was much more than an X’s-and-O’s decision. It was a decision about what city our daughter was going to spend her first years in, and have her first memories in, and call her hometown. And there’s just something about it….. but my heart said Philly. I’m pretty sure a piece of it always will.”"

Foles became the latest NFL player to write a piece in the Players’ Tribune this week, where he reflected on his memories with the Eagles and the city of Philadelphia. Although his letter was brief, it truly meant a lot. As the city of Philadelphia has gotten a ton of bad rep for their crazy fans, Foles, who is one of the most humble and honest players in the game put those assumptions to rest. The city of Philadelphia is undoubtedly grateful for having Foles these past few years.

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