Foles looking to keep feet on the ground
Despite the enormity of what lies ahead of him, Philadelphia Eagles stand-in quarterback Nick Foles is aiming to maintain an even keel ahead of next Sunday’s Super Bowl. Check out our Super Bowl free bets here.
Foles, 29, has been excellent since taking over from Carson Wentz, who was ruled out of the the season after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee during the Week 14 victory over the Los Angeles Rams.
Five victories later and the Eagles are now just one win away from their first Super Bowl since 1960, but Foles is adamant on not getting too far ahead of himself, saying: "The big thing is just staying in the moment. In the moment. The second you start looking at everything that’s going to happen in the next two weeks? It can be overwhelming for anyone."
Foles’ rise to a Super Bowl quarterback has been one of the stories of the season, taking over from almost certainly the MVP of the league in Wentz and keeping the ship steady en route to the showpiece event in Minneapolis. The 2012 3rd round draft pick is keeping focused on the smaller details.
"This is a big moment," he said. "It’s the Super Bowl. It’s something you dream about as a kid. But at the same time, it’s a game.
"Once I step on the gridiron, I’m playing against the Patriots and that’s where it comes down to trusting your preparation, working every single day and living in that moment and doing what you have to do daily, and then once the game comes you know you did everything in your power.
"You’ve eliminated the distractions that are there because there’s going to be. This is a big stage. There’s a lot going on. This [interview] room just keeps increasing with cameras and people in it and it’s just going to keep going. So you just focus on the little things and what’s important, and what’s important is our preparation and what we do as a team.
"Going out there and playing together Super Bowl night, that’s really what my focus is."