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Nick Foles gives awesome answer about perspective during COVID-19 pandemic

Nick Foles gives awesome answer about perspective during COVID-19 pandemic

Nick Foles' first season in Chicago isn't exactly going as planned.

But as the NFL's regular season approaches amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Eagles legend is trying to keep a level head with some of his trademark perspective.

Foles spoke to the Chicago media in a virtual press scrum on Friday, after reporting to his first training camp with the Bears this week.

He of course talked about the ways he stayed in shape this offseason, how he feels about being part of the Bears quarterback competition, and other (relatively) normal football stuff.

But two quotes from Foles, talking more about life than about football, really stuck out as poignant messages.

First, here's how he responded when asked about his reactions to things like athletes opting out of seasons and leagues cancelling games over positive tests:

I don't know what the future holds, as far as it pertains to a month from now, but I do know that today, after this, I have a meeting. And in that meeting we're going to go through our installation today, and that's all I'm focused on, and we'll see what happens.

But I do want to say that I know everyone's been affected, and just that our prayers and our thoughts are with everyone, because it has been a really tough 2020 for every single person.

And here's how Foles discussed the way he's dealing with distractions, and trying to maintain focus in such an unusual time:

I'm human just like everyone else, where all those distractions do affect me. You can ask my wife. There's times where I'm like, 'Oh my gosh, I'm freaking out,' and then she's like, 'Alright,' and I'll take a breath, and we'll have a conversation. I'm like, 'Alright, I know how to hone back in, I know how to eliminate the clutter. I spend time eliminating things that shouldn't be in my mind, that I shouldn't focus on, and I hone back into the moment. 

And I say that to say - because there's people that will see this interview, kids that are going through that - to say, hey, we as professional athletes do that. We might not talk about it all the time. Well, I'm talking about it. You've got to handle it. You've got to eliminate the clutter and focus on the simple things.

Both answers are such classic examples of Foles' perspective, even in the face of a challenge like a global pandemic. 

The fact that Foles decided to take time to address children and teenagers struggling with new distractions is remarkable. He's busy parenting his children, dealing with a new city and new job, trying to perform well enough to earn the Bears' starting job, and the man still wants to use a few minutes to send positive messages to anyone who happens to be listening.

It's just a great message, from a great guy.

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On the latest Eagle Eye podcast, Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro get together after the NFL’s opt-out period is over. 

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Is it really a good year to be an undrafted free agent? Plus, takeaways from interviews with Rodney McLeod, Jalen Mills and Fletcher Cox. 

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  • (42:48) — Shady signs with Tampa Bay.

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Deadline passes with only 1 Eagle known to be opting out

Deadline passes with only 1 Eagle known to be opting out

The NFL’s opt-out deadline passed Thursday afternoon with no word of any additional Eagles electing to skip the 2020 season because of COVID-19 concerns.

As of 4 p.m. EST, only wide receiver Marquis Goodwin had announced he’s opting out. 

The Eagles acquired Goodwin in a draft-day trade with the 49ers, and while he wasn’t expected to be a starter his 140 career receptions are second-most among the Eagles’ healthy receivers.

League-wide, it appears 66 players opted out. 

With most teams carrying 80 players on the roster, that represents about 2 1/2 percent of NFL players.

In the NFC East, the Giants and Cowboys lost three apiece and Washington lost two. 

Teams losing the most players are the Patriots [8], Browns [5] and the Chiefs, Colts, Cowboys, Giants, Jaguars, Jets, Lions and Raiders [3 each].

Three teams appear to have no opt-outs: The Chargers, Falcons and Steelers. The Eagles are among nine teams to lose one player. Ten teams had two opt-outs.

Players who opt out who have been determined by the NFL to be at risk because of a specific pre-existing condition receive a $350,000 stipend from the league and receive a year of pension credit toward free agency and benefits. 

Those who are considered not at risk receive $150,000 that is essentially an advance on their 2021 salary and they do not accrue a year of pension credit. If players in this category don’t make a roster next year, they must return the money.

Goodwin, who is considered not at risk, had 962 yards for the 49ers in 2017 but has just 35 catches for 581 yards the last two years. 

Several Eagles starters who were made available to the Philly media over the past week said they talked about opting out with family members before electing not to.

I think everyone in the back of their mind was wondering, ‘What does this look like for me safety-wise, what does this look like for my family safety-wise?’ Carson Wentz said. “And I was no different. I think, definitely, the health and safety of my family definitely is different than I think a lot of guys that are maybe single and don’t have wives or kids and those things, and you definitely have to take all those factors in. You never know how this is going to fully unfold, but I feel safe here and it was something that my wife and I talked a lot about and prayed a lot about, and we feel good with our decision but at the same time completely respect the guys that did decide to opt out for personal reasons, family reasons, health reasons. Like Marquis Goodwin, I fully respect his decision. Obviously I’m bummed I’m not going to be able to play with him but fully respect those guys’ decisions.

Rodney McLeod echoed Wentz: “It was a conversation I had with my wife, but I think looking at all the protocols that were put into place here we felt confident that this is probably one of the safer environments you could be in between these walls. Marquis Goodwin had to do what was best for his family and I understand that and we support him fully for that decision.”

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