Ultimate redemption: Back-up QB who took down Brady
ONE of the greatest redemption stories in sports history is complete.
Back-up quarterback Nick Foles has led the Philadelphia Eagles to their first title since 1960.
Going into the game, Foles was seen as the obstacle that Philly would have to overcome if they wanted to lift the Lombardi Trophy.
Instead, he was the reason for their win; awarded Super Bowl LII MVP.
Throwing for 373 yards, three touchdowns, and on the receiving end of a trick play touchdown pass from tight end Trey Burton; Foles defied all the odds to put up 41 points on the Patriots defence in the David vs. Goliath matchup.
Up against arguably the greatest quarterback of all time, Foles kept pace with Tom Brady; eventually outlasting his unlikely foe.
Foles became the first quarterback to start the season as a back-up and lead a team to a Super Bowl win since Brady did it himself in 2001.
In 2013, Nick Foles threw for 27 touchdowns and just two interceptions for a Philadelphia Eagles side that topped the NFC East with a 10-6 record.
Having led the Eagles to the playoffs, Foles was named to the Pro Bowl, and everything looked to be on the up for the breakout star.
Fast forward a couple years, and Foles had just been released by the then-St Louis Rams after a seven-touchdown, 10 interception season.
His fall from grace was complete.
A free agent for the first time in his career, a disillusioned Foles contemplated retirement.
Instead of calling it quits, he chose to join the Kansas City Chiefs as a back-up to Alex Smith.
And in 2017, Foles secured a return to the Eagles to deputise for rising star Carson Wentz.
Wentz - the new hope of Philly football - suffered a season-ending injury in Week 14; and the Eagles were almost automatically ruled out of Super Bowl contention by fans and pundits alike.
Conventional wisdom suggested the Eagles would struggle to get out of the ultra-competitive NFC, but Foles led Philly into the big dance.
And today, Nick Foles, starting quarterback, becomes a Super Bowl champion for the Philadelphia Eagles.