Foles talks Ea­gles, fame

The Citizens' Voice - - Sports - BY ROB TORNOE PHILLY.COM

Of course Nick Foles wants to be a starter again.

The reign­ing Su­per Bowl MVP con­firmed what Ea­gles fans sus­pected dur­ing an in­ter­view over the week­end with sports­caster Mike Barnes of KVUE in Austin, Texas while sport­ing a Phillies cap.

“I know there was some stuff go­ing around, a pos­si­ble trade, and I would love the op­por­tu­nity to be a starter again. I know my spot in Philly. I think I’ve shown what I can do.” Foles said. “I’m signed for one more year and I love the team, I love the city. I’m ex­cited for Car­son (Wentz) to get back on his feet. I’ll be ready to go when­ever they need me. But we’ll see.”

Howie Rose­man, Ea­gles ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent, con­firmed to Philly.com last month that there was in­ter­est around the league for Foles, but that he wouldn’t give away his prized quar­ter­back with­out get­ting value in re­turn.

“We know what we have. And that al­lows us the abil­ity to feel very good about the most im­por­tant po­si­tion in sports,” Rose­man said dur­ing the NFL’S an­nual meet­ings. “For us to get rid of some­thing like that, that’s go­ing to be a high price tag.”

Foles, who was sched­uled to re­turn to Ea­gles train­ing camp Mon­day, opened up about a num­ber of dif­fer­ent top­ics, in­clud­ing how his Chris­tian faith helped him get through a par­tic­u­larly rough patch at the end of the sea­son.

“I’m get­ting cri­tiqued like crazy. My wife and I feel it. I’m hav­ing to do press con­fer­ences and hav­ing to an­swer the ques­tions that are tough be­cause I wasn’t play­ing well the last cou­ple of games,” Foles said. “I was fo­cused too much on pre­vi­ously just fit­ting in the of­fense and run­ning the of­fense. Well, you get lost in that. You’ve got to let your tal­ents shine and play and trust the guys you play with.”

Foles also joked about be­ing rec­og­nized more read­ily on the street be­cause of his new­found fame, lead­ing the Ea­gles quar­ter­back to wear glasses in pub­lic to dis­guise him­self.

“Though I’m do­ing an in­ter­view with them on, so I might be ru­in­ing my dis­guise now,” Foles joked.

Foles grew up in Austin, Texas, watch­ing Barnes on the lo­cal ABC af­fil­i­ate, and the long­time sports­caster be­gan in­ter­view­ing the fu­ture NFL quar­ter­back dur­ing his play­ing days at West­lake High School.

“I think the big thing with Philly is I have such a great re­la­tion­ship with all the per­son­nel de­ci­sion mak­ers that if there ever does come a day where I am traded or some­thing does hap­pen, it’s go­ing to be an open con­ver­sa­tion,” Foles said. “We’re ex­cited to go back to Philly. I don’t know what my ca­reer holds from here on out.”

One ques­tion Barnes failed to ask was whether Pa­tri­ots quar­ter­back Tom Brady has con­grat­u­lated Foles yet on his Su­per Bowl vic­tory. “I haven’t heard from him yet,” Foles said in an in­ter­view on Jimmy Kim­mel Live! back in Fe­bru­ary. “I know he’s busy. I know he’s got a lot go­ing on.”

Foles has kept busy this off­sea­son, writ­ing a mem­oir ti­tled Be­lieve It: My Jour­ney of Suc­cess, Fail­ure and Over­com­ing the Odds. The book is sched­uled to be re­leased June 26.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS FILE

Su­per Bowl MVP Nick Foles re­cently penned a mem­oir that will be re­leased June 26.

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