On Monday morning, after his stunning MVP performance in the Super Bowl Sunday night, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles spoke with NBC News’ Reuben Frank, and offered compelling evidence that he is one of those special athletes who is a genuine role model, minimizing his accomplishments while acknowledging that the failures he had experienced before his triumph were a vital part of building character and growing.
I think the big thing is don't be afraid to fail. I think in our society today, Instagram, Twitter, it's a highlight reel. It's all the good things. And then when you look at it, when you think like, wow, when you have a rough day, “My life's not as good as that,” (you think) you're failing. Failure is a part of life. It's a part of building character and growing. Without failure, who would you be? I wouldn't be up here if I hadn't fallen thousands of times. Made mistakes.
We all are human; we all have weaknesses, and I think throughout this, (it's been important) to be able to share that and be transparent. I know when I listen to people speak and they share their weaknesses, I'm listening. Because (it) resonates.
So I'm not perfect. I'm not Superman. I might be in the NFL; I might have just won a Super Bowl, but, hey, we still have daily struggles, I still have daily struggles. And that's where my faith comes in; that's where my family comes in.
I think when you look at a struggle in your life, just know that's just an opportunity for your character to grow. And that's just been the message. Simple. If something's going on in your life and you're struggling? Embrace it. Because you're growing.
Foles' MVP performance wasn't restricted to the Super Bowl.