Super Bowl champion Nick Foles has a very strange perspective on his returning from an injury that only people of faith can understand. After playing a total of 10 snaps in the first game of the season, Foles suffered a broken collarbone, and hasn’t seen the field since.
Now, he’s back, and he’s giving all glory to God, but not just for his returning to the field… He’s giving glory to God for the entire ordeal:
“Right when I felt this thing break, and I was going into the locker room, I just realized, God, this wasn’t what I was thinking when I came to Jacksonville… but at the end of the day, God, if this is the journey you want me to go on I’m going to glorify you in every action, good or bad.”
“I still can have joy in an injury.”
Foles acknowledges that most people would say “that’s crazy”, but he explains that there’s a purpose behind his decision to have joy. “When you believe in Jesus, and you go out there and play, that changes your heart. And you only understand when you have that purpose in your life.”
Foles goes on to say that his faith in Christ is what brings him joy, and no amount of football success could compare to the joy he feels every day.
“Just like when I hoisted the Lombardi Trophy,” he says. “The reason I”m smiling is that my faith is in Christ, and i realized i didn’t need that trophy to define who I was because it was already in Christ. That’s my message when I play, and that’s my same message when I get injured.”
“If you make it about yourself, you’re probably gonna go home at night, lay your head on your pillow and be very alone and sad, and then hopefully someday you can find that purpose in your life.
Our purpose isn’t football, it’s impacting people and my ministry happens to be the locker room, and I’ve been able still to get to know people, get to know these guys through an injury, though I may not be playing, that is difficult from a fleshly perspective but from a spiritual perspective, from my heart, I’ve been able to grow as a human being to where, I feel like I’m in a better situation here as a person than I was before.”
This might be one of the best quotes I’ve ever heard:
“Our purpose isn’t football, it’s impacting people and my ministry happens to be the locker room.”
Here’s the entire video: