The Philadelphia Eagles are set to play Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LVII next Sunday in Glendale, Ariz.
It was just five years ago when the Eagles last won a Super Bowl, and it was a unique situation, as their starting quarterback, Carson Wentz, went down in Week 14 that year with a torn ACL.
Backup Nick Foles took over and finished the job by leading Philly to the world championship over Tom Brady and the New England Patriots exactly five years ago today.
Five years ago today… what a special time… excited for Philly! Fly Eagles Fly! pic.twitter.com/PnuhYXY32l
— Nick Foles (@NickFoles) February 4, 2023
It was one of the more impressive Cinderella stories in recent NFL history, as Foles hadn’t really been thought of as a championship-caliber signal-caller prior to 2017.
He spent the first three years of his career with the Eagles and did fairly well, making the Pro Bowl in 2013 while appearing in his first postseason after he beat out previous starter Michael Vick for the QB1 role.
In 2017, he rejoined the Eagles, and after they won the Super Bowl, he began the 2018 season as their starter while Wentz continued his rehab from his torn ACL.
Foles ended up starting five games that year, and he moved on from the Eagles afterward, playing a year with the Jacksonville Jaguars and two with the Chicago Bears before joining the Indianapolis Colts for this season.
After Matt Ryan underperformed throughout the season, Foles became the starter for the last two games of the schedule.
But he will always have a special place in the hearts of Philly sports fans for leading the Eagles to their first-ever Super Bowl victory.