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Women in Nick Foles' life 'kick his butt' athletically

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Women in Nick Foles' life 'kick his butt' athletically

This story initially ran in a similar form in July 2014. Some updates have been made.

It was just a day or two after the Eagles lost to the Saints in Nick Foles' first career playoff game after the 2013 season.
 
After going non-stop since late July, Foles was finally back home in Austin, ready for some rest, relaxation and rejuvenation. His body ached, his mind was exhausted, and he just wanted to shut down.
 
Then, before the sun even rose, his mom said it was time to go to the gym.
 
"First day back in Austin, right after the season, I was probably up at 6 a.m. working out with her," Foles said with a laugh. "And that's hard, to get up at 6 a.m. after a season, but it was just one of those times where I knew that I needed to.
 
"I don't get home that much. [Wife] Tori's from California, so we try to spend time there with her family, and when I'm home I really try to take advantage of it."
 
Turns out Nick isn't the only athlete in the family.
 
Melissa Foles is quite the workout warrior.
 
And her 29-year-old son knows that if he can get through his mom's workouts, he can get through anything.
 
"Whether it's workout classes, cardio, kickboxing, half weights, half whatever, just crazy stuff," Foles said. "It's funny, but there's a lot of women in the class, but it's honestly, very, very hard, and I've seen guys go in there, full-grown men that work out all the time, go into that class and leave throwing up. And they never come back.
 
"So it sort of made sense to me. 'All right, now I know why I don't go.' Because all these women are absolutely crazy when they work out. Screaming, music … but it's fun for me. It's very humbling."

Foles thought he was a hotshot college athlete who could handle anything in the gym or on the track.

Until the first time his mom took him to the gym. Turns out he wasn't as tough as he thought.
 
"The first class I ever did with her, 'OK, I'm a college football player, our workouts are ridiculous,'" he said. "Halfway through I was gassed. Because it's different. It's not like sprinting right ahead, you're always moving, jumping up on things — it's doing everything. So it was very humbling, but at the same time, I realized I need to mix this into my training because it really helps. I really enjoyed it because it kicked my butt.
 
"I didn't throw up. I made it through the class. … I wasn't one of the ones that left the class. I was like, 'I'm going to make it through this class if I die out there.'"
 
Foles posted the third-highest passer rating in the NFL in 2013, set an NFL record for best touchdown-to-interception ratio (27 to 2) and tied a record for touchdown passes in a game (seven). He went 8-2 after replacing an injured Michael Vick, led the Eagles to the playoffs and was named Pro Bowl MVP. Four seasons later, he would lead the Eagles to their first Super Bowl win.
 
But he's no match for his mom, who was a gymnast and cheerleader in high school and is still in better shape than her son. At least, according to Nick.
 
"My mom, she can still kick my butt in anything," Foles said. "When you have your mom kick your butt, you can't help but stay humble."
 
Mom isn't the only female athlete in the family who can kick Nick's butt.
 
Tori played college volleyball and can give Nick a run for his money in the gym as well.
 
The two met the first few days of Foles' freshman year at Arizona but didn't date until both had graduated.
 
"My wife, she's very, very athletic," Foles said. "She played volleyball in college and then after it, she really got into running. I'd have talks with her, 'I can't run eight miles with you. I can go two, but you have to do sprints with me or striders because I can't do that.'
 
"But it's been fun. She's my best friend and we really get along great. She's seriously my best friend. Sometimes when I come home, she wants to go swimming right away, so it's good to have those women in your life that are very special, and I respect them both, and they both can kick my butt."

What would it even take to make a Nick Foles trade worthwhile?

What would it even take to make a Nick Foles trade worthwhile?

Believe it or not, there are a few negatives when it comes to winning a Super Bowl. One is having your assistant coaches poached from your talons. And the feeding frenzy is well in effect for the Eagles as they have already lost their offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. It happens.

The other slight downside is where you will be selecting in the draft.

The Eagles hold the 32nd overall pick (last) in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft. That’s the price of hoisting the Lombardi Trophy and having Mayor Kelce be the keynote speaker at the parade. Where this gets a little more worrisome is the fact that the Birds do not own a second-round pick. That went to Cleveland as part of the Carson Wentz deal — a trade-off I think any Eagle fan would take. Oh, by the way, they also don’t have a third-rounder. That went to Buffalo in the Ronald Darby trade.

So if you’re scoring at home, that’s the last pick in the first round and nothing again until the fourth? Not exactly ideal. However, they do have a “backup” quarterback who led them to a championship and won Super Bowl MVP. He will never have more value than he does right now. Let’s make a deal you say? I wouldn’t be so quick to pull that trigger.

Wentz tore his ACL and injured his LCL on Dec. 10. The Eagles' first regular-season game projects to be right around nine months from the injury. That’s assuming no setbacks. It could also mean a compromised football workload while he rehabs the knee — OTAs, the early portion of training camp, etc. There is no doubt Wentz will go above and beyond when it comes to making it back for the start of next season. But sometimes the mind will lose out to the body. There is no guarantee he will be ready to start the season. Wentz also plays a very aggressive style of football. I, for one, have no problem with the way he plays. I thought he did a good job for the most part of avoiding the unnecessary big blows. The play he got hurt on was a good football play, trying to score a touchdown. But because of his athleticism and strength, he is going to get hit more than most QBs.

Even taking Wentz's knee injury out of the equation for a moment, ask yourself how many backups in the NFL could have stepped in and accomplished what Nick Foles did during that magical run? I did and the answer was none. He’s the best backup in the league. Foles went toe-to-toe with the G.O.A.T. and The Hoodie on the biggest stage and dropped 41. Truly remarkable. Is a late first- or second-rounder worth that?

There is no doubt that if say, the Cardinals, offered you the 15th overall pick, that could be a game-changer. There are offers that are too good to refuse. But a mid-second-rounder for the value that Foles gives you? The smart play could be to hold on to the known quantity. The NFL is littered with backups who can’t play. The types of guys who bring an end to your season no matter how good you are in other areas. Howie Roseman has shown himself to be very deft at making deals and acquiring draft picks, so the cupboard may be thin right now, but some groceries could be added with some wheeling and dealing.  

The Eagles have the ultimate insurance policy. It might be wise to keep making the payments just in case.

10 more crazy Nick Foles playoff stats

10 more crazy Nick Foles playoff stats

Nick Foles is a Super Bowl MVP. He's also a human stats machine.

Four years ago, Foles had one of the greatest regular seasons in NFL history. This year, he had one of the greatest postseasons in NFL history.

He's a stat lover's dream.

With that said, here are our 10 best Nick Foles stats in this week's edition of 10 Mind-Boggling Nick Foles Stats.

1. We start with the single most mind-boggling Nick Foles stat ever: In the second half of his four career playoff games, Foles has thrown a combined 14 incomplete passes. He's 48-for-62 in the second half in his postseason career, which is an insane 77.4 percent (Kurt Warner is second all-time at 68.0 percent). He's thrown for 544 yards with five TDs and no interceptions, good for an astronomical 130.4 passer rating. That's highest in NFL history for the second half, far ahead of second-place Drew Brees (111.9), giving Westlake High in Austin the top two spots.

2. Foles now has four career playoff games with a passer rating of 100 or more. Only 13 quarterbacks in NFL history have had more. Six of them are in the Hall of Fame, and four are Hall of Fame locks. Among quarterbacks in their 20s, only Troy Aikman (8), Joe Flacco (6), Russell Wilson (6), Tom Brady (5), Brett Favre (5) and Aaron Rodgers (5) have had more.  

3. Foles is now atop the all-time NFL lists in postseason completion percentage at 71.9 percent and passer rating 113.2 (minimum of 100 attempts).

4. There were eight touchdown passes of 30 yards or more in the entire postseason this year, and three of them were by Foles. In 16 playoff games with the Eagles, Donovan McNabb threw only two more TDs of 30 yards or more than Foles has thrown in four games.

5. Foles' streak of four straight postseason games with a passer rating of 100 or more is fourth-longest in NFL history, behind only Joe Montana (8 games), Matt Ryan (5) and Joe Flacco (5). Troy Aikman and Bart Starr also had four-game streaks.

6. Foles has more playoff wins before his 30th birthday than 26 of 32 modern-era quarterbacks in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. His three playoff wins are second-most among active quarterbacks currently in their 20s, behind only Wilson's eight.

7. Foles' passer rating of 115.7 for the entire postseason is ninth-highest in NFL history, and his 72.6 percent accuracy is third-highest, behind only Montana in 1989 (78.3 percent) and Troy Aikman in 1993 (74.4 percent). Foles is only the third quarterback to win a Super Bowl after completing 65 percent or more of his passes with one or fewer interceptions in each postseason game. The others are Brady and Montana.

8. Foles became the fourth quarterback in history to throw for 350 yards with one or fewer interception and 65 percent accuracy in a Super Bowl. Only Foles and Brady have done that in a Super Bowl win.

9. We know Nick Foles is the first quarterback to catch a touchdown pass in a Super Bowl. But he's also the only the third player in NFL history — in the regular season or postseason — with three touchdown passes and a touchdown catch in the same game. Frank Ryan of the Rams did it against the Lions in 1960 and former Eagle Jim McMahon of the Bears did it in 1985 against the Redskins. Foles is the only Eagles quarterback to ever catch a touchdown pass in any game.

10. And this: Foles' game-winning touchdown pass to Zach Ertz with 2:21 left was the third-latest go-ahead, game-winning TD pass in Super Bowl history. The only later game-winning TDs were Eli Manning's 13-yarder to Plaxico Burress with 35 seconds left in Super Bowl XLII, which turned a 14-10 deficit into a 17-14 win over the Patriots, and Ben Roethlisberger's six-yard TD to Santonio Holmes, also with 35 seconds left, in Super Bowl XLIII against the Cards, turning a 23-20 deficit into a 27-23 win.