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I'm really loving playing this game - Eagles QB Foles not ready to retire

19 Jan 2019, 04:58 IST
Nick Foles

Nick Foles' time with the Philadelphia Eagles could be coming to an end soon, but he is not ready to finish his NFL career just yet.

The MVP of last year's Super Bowl has pondered retirement before and he appears to have no future with Philadelphia after head coach Doug Pederson reiterated that Carson Wentz will be their starting quarterback once he returns to fitness.

Foles, who turns 30 later this month, would be an attractive option for quarterback-needy teams if he hits free agency and he insists his run with the Eagles has re-energised him.

"I've never had a set — I want to play until I'm 40, I want to play until I'm this — it's more so a faith thing," he said.

"If this is where my heart's led, I'm doing it for the right reasons, I'll continue to do it. If I can't find the right reasons to do this game, then I need to pursue something else.

"But right now, I'm really loving playing this game. Being a part of a locker room like this has energised me. I've grown this last year as a player more this last year than I ever have. I'm really starting to understand how I want to play this game."

Foles was handed Philadelphia's starting role in December after Wentz was forced to miss games with a back injury. Foles led the Eagles to four consecutive wins and the divisional round before a loss to the New Orleans Saints ended their run.

It is not the first time Foles had to close out the season. Last year he took over for an injured Wentz and helped the franchise secure their first ever Super Bowl victory. But, even with that success, the Eagles plan to start Wentz in 2019.

Foles finished the year with a 4-1 regular-season record in five starts and completed 72.3 percent of his passes for 1,413 yards with seven touchdowns and four interceptions. He was 1-1 in the postseason with 467 yards with three touchdowns and four interceptions.

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