Nick Foles of the Philadelphia Eagles is playing in the Super Bowl this weekend, but he has a bigger goal on his mind for when he retires.
Foles told reporters today that he plans to become a pastor once he stops playing and has even enrolled in seminary already.
I want to be a pastor in a high school. … It’s on my heart. I took a leap of faith last year and signed up to take classes at seminary. I wanted to continue to learn and challenge my faith. It’s a challenge because you are writing papers that are biblically correct. You want to impact people’s hearts.
Foles is aware that high school is a pivotal time for people and thinks he could do a lot of good in some young people’s life there.
When I speak to (students), that’s such a time of young men and young women’s lives that there’s a lot of things that are thrown at them. So much temptation in this world, so much going on with social media and the internet that you want to talk to them and address it and share all the weaknesses I have because I’ve fallen many times. It’s something I want to do. I can’t play football forever. I’ve been blessed with an amazing platform and it’s just a door God has opened, but I still have a lot of school left and a long journey.
Foles also talked about how coming back to play football after his 2013 season with the Rams was a faith-based decision and following through on it has been great for glorifying God through his platform.
The reason I decided to come back is I’ve loved the game of football since I was a kid, I loved playing sports, I loved being part of a team, and I knew as a person that the more growth I’ve had and the more opportunity I would have to glorify God and trust in him would be to go back and play football.
The Eagles, as a whole, have a strong contingency of Christian players, who pray together, do Bible study and share devotionals with each other.