There's no doubting that Nick Foles was forever enshrined as a legend in the City of Brotherly Love the moment he hoisted the Lombardi Trophy in 2017, and deservedly so. His narrative was nothing short of remarkable: he went from being traded and ultimately benched to saving the Eagles season and being awarded the prestigious Super Bowl MVP feat. What we didn't know, however, is that the vet quarterback was contemplating retirement before that season. Here's longtime Philly defensive end Brandon Graham revealing the shocking and protracted disclosure:
Brandon Graham on Nick Foles telling him prior to 2017 season that he was planning to retire at end of year. pic.twitter.com/zMWPkfKBHK— Tim McManus (@Tim_McManus) August 13, 2019
There's no doubting that Foles has combated elbow soreness throughout his seven-year career, but we never really considered how serious the lingering ailment was.
The now-Jaguars gun-slinger was forced to miss time over the last three offseasons and struggled to get on the field last preseason.
Brandon Graham revealed today that Nick Foles was planning to retire following 2017 season due to lingering elbow injuries.— Tim McManus (@Tim_McManus) August 13, 2019
This news shouldn't trouble the Jacksonville faithful, well, until they have a reason to be troubled. All reports out of camp suggest that the Arizona Wildcats product is spinning the ball with extreme confidence.
The elbow issues might not yet be behind Foles, but it's reassuring to hear that its lingering persistence is no longer hindering his ability to perform on the field.