I didn't know what to expect and since he was going head-to-head against Tom Brady and the Patriots, I figured he would probably lose. I just hoped for a good game by this quiet and unassuming player who was a back-up quarterback only about six weeks previous. But anything can happen in football, so I would just have to watch and see. Besides, the party provided good food and fellowship and a few libations to make it a jolly good time.
The back-up turned starter played a very poised game and his team was there to support him. Foles completed a number of long throws which were thrown perfectly and his receivers went the distance to make great catches. And while the defense had some difficulties (who doesn't against Brady and his big tight end Gronkowski), they did make the plays needed in the crunch at the end to seal the deal.
As for Brady, he played his usual outstanding game, but on the few occasions when the Eagles were able to rush him it showed in his timing. But the game could have gone either way and that made it a very memorable game. But there is another factor about the game that I found particularly noteworthy and it's one of those things akin to Paul Harvey's "The Rest of the Story."
You see, the back-up turned starter and in the end Super Bowl champion, was coached by an excellent leader who was also a back-up years ago in the NFL. Doug Pederson served as back-up quarterback to both Brett Favre with the Packers and Dan Marino with the Dolphins. Now that's quite a line-up and since the back-up is usually a strong student of the playmaking up front and personal, he obviously learned very well from two of the best coaches in football, Vince Lombardi and Don Shula. And now Pederson, the former back-up himself, finds himself as the coach of the World Champions. It's a pretty good story line in itself and both of these men worked hard to reach threat momentary time at the pinnacle of the NFL, something that can never be taken away from them.
Does this mean that come late next summer I will be once again enamored by the NFL? No, it doesn't, but I'll continue to hope they come to their senses in he league and support the values and country that I love. But at least last night when it was over, two men who both give great credit to the Lord and Maker, were able to shine their light for all to seen. Foles is an active seminary student who actively shows his devotion to his faith as he looks skyward with his right index pointed high when something has gone well. I think we'll be hearing many more good things about this growing player and his coach. They represent what is good in football.