Eagles quarterback Nick Foles became a Philadelphia legend overnight following his MVP performance in the Super Bowl. Though Foles was well known around Philly before this season, his celebrity status has sky rocketed in the past two weeks.
The Super Bowl MVP has been doing the rounds on all the big talk shows in the US, and on Thursday night he appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live, discussing everything from the game itself to Matthew McConaughey and Philly fans.
Foles told Kimmel that he can’t even go to his “safe space” (Whole Foods) without being recognized anymore.
The 29-year-old said: “Yeah, it’s a little bit different. You know, my safe spot to always go was Whole Foods. No one cared, no one recognized, but I can’t go into Whole Foods now, and we love going there. I knew when I went in there things have changed when I started getting recognized.”
Whole Foods quickly picked up on his comments though, offering a familiar solution to the problem in the form of the now infamous 'underdog' masks that embodied the Eagles' playoff run.
Kimmel then asked Foles if he's come across many Eagles this week whilst he's been in Los Angeles and what they do when they see him, drawing another amusing response:
"Everywhere we've been there's been a ton of Philly fans, which is awesome." Foles said. "Most of the time it's ... cry. It starts off as a normal conversation, then it turns into tears."
The backup, turned Super Bowl MVP, is clearly revered around the city now but his status going into next season is murky as of this moment. Given his outstanding play throughout the playoffs, Foles' trade value will never be higher and a flurry of QB needy teams could pursue him this offseason.
But, with Carson Wentz still recovering from an ACL injury, could he stay in Philly throughout 2018?
Kimmel probed him on the rather unusual circumstances, noting that he surely couldn't be a backup again after his heroics in the Super Bowl.
"We love Philly," Foles said in response. "You know, that stuff's out of my control. My agents, they handle all that. But we love Philly, we love the situation. And we'll worry about it when that time comes."
On Tom Brady
The subject of Foles' opposing QB in the Super Bowl, Tom Brady, then came up and the Eagles signal caller revealed he hasn't heard from Brady yet:
"I know he's busy, I know he's got a lot going on...Yeah, I mean, I didn't hear from him, but I will say this: "As soon as the game's over, you can't move," Foles said.
"You can't even express emotions. There's so many cameras. You have to have a blocker in front of you."
Whilst the Eagles QB hasn't heard from Brady, he certainly liked Kimmel's suggestion that the Patriots star could send him some UGG's.
The footwear company are a longtime sponsor of Brady and Foles seems to be a fan. "I do like Uggs," Foles noted in a light hearted manner. "I do like Uggs."
On Matthew McConaughey
The conversation then turned to Foles' native state and city, Austin, Texas. In honour of his success, fellow Texan and renowned actor Matthew McConaughey took out a page advertisement in the Austin American-Statesman.
The ad reads: 'From one local to another, congratulations Nick Foles. Just keep living, Matthew McConaughey.'
A classy touch from the Academy Award winner, especially considering he is a fan of the Eagles division rival Washington Redskins, and one that Kimmel had to ask Foles about.
"You're from Austin, Texas, right? That's your hometown." Kimmel said. "You got, besides the MVP, you had another honor in the local newspaper...Matthew McConaughey took out a full page ad to congratulate you.
"Do you know Matthew?" he asked.
Foles replied: "Matthew goes to church where my family goes, and I actually met him once when I was coming out for the draft. I was able to say hi. Obviously, I'm a huge fan of all his work, everything he's ever done, so it was really cool."
It's safe to say that Foles' life will never be the same after delivering a Super Bowl to the passionate fanbase in Philadelphia. Whether we see him in Eagles uniform again remains to be seen though.
Whatever happens, Nick Foles won't ever be able to return to his 'safe space' Whole Foods without being recognised as a Philly hero.
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