Friday, February 12, 2016

Foles: I'm still the same guy, but married

Nick Foles didn't become a big media celebrity after his breakthrough year. The highlight of his offseason was his marriage to Tori Moore.

Foles: I'm still the same guy, but married

Eagles quarterback Nick Foles. (Michael Perez/AP)
Eagles quarterback Nick Foles. (Michael Perez/AP)

There are no diamonds on Nick Foles' neck, to borrow a phrase from a rapper we used to know.

"It's great coming in here in the offseason, being the starting quarterback," Foles allowed on a rainy Wednesday at NovaCare, in his first extended remarks to reporters since he was named offensive MVP of the Pro Bowl, three months ago. "But we have great quarterbacks here. We've all been working together to push the guys or work on things together, get the new players acclimated to what we do here."

Does he feel more pressure, in the wake of having put up 27 touchdown passes against just two interceptions last season? What's it like, having a measure of endorsement opportunities and fame, for a relatively unheralded 2012 third-round pick?

"I just feel like me," Foles said. "I feel like I (felt) last year when I was playing. I feel like I just need to keep getting better. I've always felt, there's never a time to relax when you play this game, because there's always something to work on ... Mindset and everything hasn't changed. I still am the same guy y'all talked to when I arrived here my rookie year. Like you said, with all that, there's opportunities that arise, but you also have to learn to say no to different things ... my most important thing's my faith and my family ... that's what I worry about the most. If things are taking time away from my family, I gotta say no ... and obviously, I've got to be the best football player I can be to provide for them."

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Foles did some promotional appearances in New York during Super Bowl week, then went home to Austin, Texas. He married longtime girlfriend Tori Moore, a former Arizona classmate and volleyball player, who worked for Nike in Oregon but has relocated to Philadelphia.

"She's an athlete as well, so she knows how it goes," Foles said. "She pushes me to make me better, which is great."

Foles fielded several queations about the impact on the offense of losing DeSean Jackson, who was released last month and signed with the Redskins.

"We'll have guys step up," Foles said. "We have 'Mac' (Jeremy Maclin) back, which is exciting. We'll see what happens in the draft coming up. We also have guys coming in that, they've got to step up and make plays," such as Arrelious Benn, coming back from ACL surgery, as is Maclin. "We'll see what happens. DeSean's a great receiver, he's very talented. He's unique in how he's so fast, he can get open, things like that. He's a hard guy to replace, but we'll have someone step in and do a great job in their own way."

Foles will play this season for about $615,000. After 2014, he will be eligible for a restructuring that could see him making 20 or 30 times as much money. That's one of the factors the Eagles cite when they explain having at least $20 million in unused cap space right now. Foles said striking it rich isn't something he thinks about. (For one thing, his father, Larry, is independently wealthy. But Nick genuinely seems to not be motivated by money.)

"If that's what changed my mindset, I'd be in trouble. If that's what changed my heart, I'd be in trouble," Foles said. "If it was a dollar figure (that motivated him), I don't think I could do that. I know who I am. I enjoy playing this game, whatever my contract is, or not. I don't even know how much I make this next year, I just love playing this game with my teammates. And obviously, now is the point when we do make a living doing it. But at the same time, if I'm focused on the money part of it, how am I going to be the best player, and how am I going to show my teammates my heart, when I go do what I do?"

Foles said he isn't following the Colin Kaepernick contract saga, doesn't watch ESPn, prefers crime shows.

"I don't ever want to worry about it," he said. "I want to help this team win, in any way possible. At the end of the day, it'll take care of itself."





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