Nick Foles realizes the value of a Godly mien…

Well, well, well, what can you say? After witnessing too much of the downright shady side of the National Felons’ League for the past few years, along comes a bit of Super Bowl ‘Light Entertainment’ (a little play on words there as to who the ‘Light’ is) with a nail-biting flourish at the end courtesy of the God-driven Philadelphia Eagles, who can now legitimately lay claim to being God’s new team.

And how well they deserve it.

Yes folks, once upon a time in an era when NFL football coaches sported trilby hats, business attire, and neck ties, God’s team (the self-appointed Dallas Cowboys) played in a state-of-the-art stadium with a hole in the roof so God could keep tabs on their progress.

In a mere matter of hours, the phrase ‘bending the knee’ took on an entirely different dimension from the ‘dalliance of the damned’ disrespecting the Stars and Stripes, to the true nature of the entire Eagles football staff in bending a knee to God where it rightly belongs. As the headlines had it “Philadelphia Eagles Take a Knee and give God the Glory”. Inspirational!

And here’s where it all started – In the dressing room. Take a look and listen …

At a time in the nation when having an expressive show of faith is intentionally hidden from public view, this team of champions bravely advocates their strong beliefs as a source of success with no one afraid to say so daily.

In fact, the day before the Super Bowl in true Christian fashion, New England’s Matthew Slater, a fellow believer, even lauded the witness of his opponents.

“I really appreciate Carson’s boldness for the Gospel, how he represents Christ day in and day out,” he said to a reporter about Carson Wentz, the Eagles’ injured starting quarterback. “And it’s not only him. You know, Nick does that as well. Chris Maragos. Brother Burton. I mean, there are a lot of brothers over there that stand firm for what they believe in, they represent the Gospel in a tremendous fashion. Ultimately, I know, to them and myself, that’s what’s going to matter for eternity beyond the game of football.”

The real fact of the matter is that this has nothing to do with the Super Bowl or religion, but everything to do with relationship, and everyone can share what the Eagles are sharing. We call it fellowship. Fellowship with each other and a relationship with Jesus Christ. You don’t need to be religious to have a relationship. It becomes all-encompassing.

Just as Christ himself declared “I and my father are one” (John 10:30), so are we believers one in him, and ultimately as one with the father and the Holy Spirit. In other words, we believers are all one within the Triune Godhead.

Take another look and listen as Nick Foles explains…

It’s been refreshing to see so many high-profile athletes and coaches publicly proclaim their faith in Jesus Christ. Bear in mind, by the way, that up until this past December when he took over from injured QB Carson Wentz, and led the Eagles to Super Bowl fame and glory, it’s only a couple of years ago that Nick Foles was about ready to quit the NFL, having been cut by the Eagles, and then Kansas City. Eagles’ Coach Pederson re-signed Foles to essentially a two-year contract worth $11 million – and the rest will go down in Eagles’ history books.

An ACL tear in December cut short Carson Wentz’s stellar season, before Foles took the reins of the offense and steered the team to a Super Bowl appearance, throwing for 352 yards and three touchdowns in the NFC Championship Game.

The moral to this fairy tale story? As Sir Winston Churchill famously stated: “Never give in. Never, never, never, never – in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in, except to convictions of honor and good sense.”

And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. ~ Joshua 24:15


See: Nick Foles reveals how close he came to giving up on the NFL

Plus: Foles, Eagles Outshoot Patriots in First Championship Win 41-33

And: Eagles QB Has a Dream Bigger than football: I Want to be a Pastor


Face of Jesus by Richard Hook

Soli Deo Gloria!