August 21, 2022
Nick Foles is in Indianapolis for now, but he'll forever be associated with the great city of Philadelphia. Backing up Matt Ryan with the Colts, the quarterback went 5/6 while throwing for 56 yards in Indy's 27-26 preseason loss to the Lions on Saturday. That part isn't particularly relevant for Eagles fans, but what Colts head coach (and former Eagles offensive coordinator) Frank Reich said since certainly is:
When asked about Foles vs. Ehlinger, Reich says Nick has a stronger arm today than he had during his Super Bowl MVP run. Foles was dealing with a elbow issue and still brought the Eagles a ring.— Alexa Ross (@AlexaRossTV) August 21, 2022
“I’ve seen him come off the bench and do some really amazing things” #ForTheShoe
Reich shared that most people didn’t know about the elbow injury and that his arm is about 20-30% stronger now #ForTheShoe— Alexa Ross (@AlexaRossTV) August 21, 2022
That feels impossible. Was this a "Rookie of the Year" Henry Rowengartner situation where the injury made him play like the greatest QB of all time for two games? Foles almost washed out of football, sustained an elbow injury and decided to masquerade as Joe Montana in the biggest game in the history of Philly sports?
Eagles fans learned that Alshon Jeffery played through that Super Bowl season with a torn rotator cuff in his shoulder, making his acrobatic, legendary Super Bowl touchdown catch even more incredible. To see that Foles played through a big injury too, turning in as iconic of a playoff performance there can be for Philly fans, blows my mind.
Nick Foles hasn't played a game for the Eagles in 1,316 days, but his legend nevertheless continues to grow.
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