Quarterback Nick Foles will lead the Philadelphia Eagles against New England in Super Bowl LII. Here are some notes on Foles’ unlikely journey:
▪ Only quarterback in NFL history to have 100-plus passer rating in each of his first three career postseason starts (minimum 20 attempts per game).
▪ Fourth quarterback in the Super Bowl era to win two postseason games after making three or fewer starts in the regular season, joining Doug Williams (1987 Redskins), Jeff Hostetler (1990 Giants) and Frank Reich (1992 Bills)
▪ Foles is in his sixth NFL season. He was originally a third-round draft pick by the Eagles. He was traded to the St. Louis Rams in 2015 and then signed a free agent deal with Kansas City in 2016 before re-signing with the Eagles this season.
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▪ Foles and his wife, Tori, have a daughter named Lily. Tori played volleyball at Arizona and is the sister of former Eagles tight end Evan Moore. Foles was a roommate of Brent Celek’s brother, Garrett, as a freshman at Michigan State.
▪ Foles graduated from Austin Westlake High School, breaking school passing records previously held by Drew Brees, the New Orleans Saints superstar quarterback. Foles was also a high school teammate of Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker.
▪ Foles and Brees are the second quarterback duo from the same high school to play in a Super Bowl. Peyton and Eli Manning, who attended Isadore Newman High School in New Orleans, were the first.
▪ Speaking of high school ball, Foles led Westlake to the Class 5A state finals in 2006 at the Alamodome in San Antonio. The game was tied 29-29 in the fourth quarter before Carroll pulled away for a 43-29 win. Foles completed 24 of 43 passes for 299 yards without an interception in the state title game. He had an incredible 33 touchdown passes with only four interceptions in his senior season.
▪ Foles signed with Michigan State out of high school then transferred to Arizona, where he played three seasons and developed into an NFL Draft prospect.
▪ He has hoop skills. Foles was a three-year starter and two-time team MVP for Westlake’s basketball team. He averaged 15 points and 11 rebounds in during the 2005-’06 season while earning all-district honors. He also led the district in rebounding as a sophomore.