Nick Foles, quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, stands with his hand over his heart during the national anthem before the 2014 Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium Jan. 26. (Photo: Sgt. Kyle Richardson)

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Jan 04, 2019 by Alyssa Duvall

This Bible Verse Pulled Nick Foles Back From The Brink Of Quitting The NFL

Though we know and love him as the phenomenal quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles, Nick Foles describes himself simply as a “believer in Jesus Christ, husband, father, son, brother.” In a heartfelt interview with YouVersion back in 2017, Foles said it was his faith and the discovery of a beloved Bible verse that brought him back from the brink of quitting his NFL career.

“A lot of people don’t know this — I’m going to share this right now, because I think it’s important. After my time with a certain NFL team, I wanted to retire,” Foles said in the video, which you can watch at the end of this article. “This was a year ago. I wanted to retire from the NFL, and I really struggled. I couldn’t pick up a football for about eight months. I had no love for the game, and it was tough.”

“I kept reading scripture, I kept praying, I kept asking God—and so many of us ask God for signs, we ask God, ‘Hey, please just put it on the wall, like, I want to know,’ but that’s not how it works," Foles said, “He’s not always going to do that. He was shaping me. He was bringing me down to my knees..."

It was then that Foles realized that, whether he remained in the NFL or not, God would be with him: "At that moment, through that prayer, He said, ‘Hey, just take a step of faith. You’re either going to stop playing the game of football and you’re going to go onto a different area of your life and I’m going to be with you, I’m going to be the most important thing in your life, or you’re going to step back into football and you’re going to continue to play and I’m going to be with you every step of the way and you’re going to play to glorify me.”

Foles gives quite a bit of credit to 2 Corinthians 12:9, the verse that pulled him back to his career.

“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.’” – 2 Corinthians 12:9

Because of the affirmation he found in God's word, Foles was empowered to make the “greatest decision I ever made because of what I went through," giving him a “completely reinvigorated outlook on the game.”

Since then, Foles has been faithful in giving all the glory to God after each of his team's stunning wins. Watch his powerful interview in the video below!



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