Dallas Cowboys

The hated Eagles are Super Bowl champs. Jerry Jones' arrogance likely played a role

If not for Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ arrogance, Nick Foles might not be here standing on the top of the world.

Jones didn’t want a jobless Foles before last season.

He liked unproven backup Kellen Moore better, as he said then so eloquently, infamously and now with so much folly.

“We know Foles pretty well,” Jones said. “We like Moore. ... Foles isn’t an option. We wouldn’t get him any snaps. We’ve got four that are going to get the snaps.”

Foles was at a crossroads. He contemplated retirement and becoming a pastor.

He eventually joined the Kansas City Chiefs as a backup in 2016 before signing with the Eagles as a backup this past off-season.

And while Jones was wrong, no one saw this coming for Foles, whose story not only has the making of a Disney movie, but who will be making a trip to Disney World in Orlando on Monday as the MVP of Super Bowl LII.

Foles, who took over for leading MVP candidate Carson Wentz in Week 14 after he suffered a season-ending knee injury, passed for 373 yards and three touchdowns to outduel the great Tom Brady and lead the Eagles to a 41-33 victory in the Super Bowl.

It’s the first Super Bowl title in Eagles history, and the journeyman and formerly unwanted man has become a Philadelphia legend.

“I am speechless,” Foles said. “All the glory to God, first and foremost. To be part of this organization, to be in this moment is something you dream about as a kid. To be right here with the confetti flying with the greatest group of men.”

Going from backup quarterback to a Super Bowl title and Super Bowl MVP has been done before. Doug Williams did it for the Washington Redskins.

But Foles’ run was unlikely and historic because his play toward the end of the season didn’t foster much confidence.

He was awful in a 6-0 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in the season finale.

But the Eagles never gave up on him, especially coach Doug Pederson, who used the bye week to tailor a game plan and an offense to Foles’ strengths.

The former Austin Westlake star — who joined Drew Brees, also from Westlake, as the only Texas high school quarterbacks to win a Super Bowl title — turned it on during the playoffs.

Including the Super Bowl, Foles finished the 2017 postseason with 971 passing yards, six passing touchdowns and just one interception.

“I’m so happy for Nick,” Pederson said. “I believed in him. The staff believed in him. We just needed time. He showed exactly who he is and what he is capable of doing. He deserved to be the MVP.

“We wanted to stay aggressive. That was my mentality coming into the game. We wanted to be aggressive and let him use the playmakers.”

Foles was up to the task as the Eagles converted 10 of 16 third downs in the game. They were also 2 of 2 on fourth downs.

One of the best and now historic plays came late in the first half when the Eagles threw a flea-flicker pass to Foles from tight end Trey Burton after Burton took a handoff from running back Corey Clement.

It was fourth-and-1. The Eagles shunned a field goal and made Foles the first player in history to pass for a touchdown and catch a touchdown throw in the Super Bowl.

“That play we’ve been working on for the past couple of weeks,” Pederson said. “We just needed the right time, the right opportunity. The guys executed it brilliantly.”

It was actually Foles who called his own number on the play.

“It was a play we had been working on. Doug and I had been talking. I just said, ‘Let’s run it.’ It was a good time. The end was a little wider than I thought so I had to sell it. It worked. Trey made an amazing throw. It was on the money. I just had to look it in. I was excited to get to run in the Super Bowl.”

Interestingly enough, it was an easy one for Foles to execute.

It was a play he ran for success in high school at Westlake.

Clarence Hill: 817-390-7760, @clarencehilljr

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