Nick Foles indirectly trolls Tom Brady in retirement message
Nick Foles unfortunately won’t be remembered for being one of the greatest quarterbacks of NFL history. However, following Tom Brady’s retirement yesterday, he will be remembered as the last QB to beat him in the Super Bowl. Foles, of course, led the Eagles to a 41-33 victory in Super Bowl 52, winning MVP and cementing himself in Philadelphia history.
After knocking down the Patriots, Foles tried to find Brady to do the traditional “good game” handshake, but Brady was nowhere to be found. The former QB tried to claim he couldn’t find him amongst the commotion, but it was clearly the act of a sore loser.
In 2020, the two faced off again, this time with Foles in Chicago and Brady in Tampa Bay. The Bears upset the Buccaneers and Foles again went to find Brady, who again couldn’t be found. Ahead of their Wild Card game against the Eagles this postseason, Brady was asked about these incidents and deflected all blame from himself.
“I’ve shaken Nick’s hand plenty of times, though. I’ve got a lot of respect for Nick… I try to be a good sport as best as I can. I know it doesn’t always look like that because sometimes I get a little pissed out there, but for the most part, I try to be a good sport.”
During the flurry of social media posts yesterday, Foles posted his own tribute to Brady, selecting a photo of him of course, shaking Brady’s hand.
The former Eagles quarterback is a class act, and this is almost certainly a genuine post congratulating Brady. However, knowing the history between the two this is a hilarious unintentional jab. Foles himself spoke on the situation a few years back and didn’t make it out to be a big deal at all.
“We both have a lot going on in our lives, in time,” Foles said in 2018. “We practiced with the Patriots a few years ago and I got to chat with Tom and he’s a great guy. Everyone makes a really big deal about it but it’s not really a big deal at all. I’ve talked to him before. He’s a guy I have always looked up to. You have to admire someone who’s one of the greatest ever and still going strong.”
Some of Foles’ former teammates did take intentional jabs at Brady when the news broke. Defensive end Brandon Graham shared a photo of his iconic strip sack that helped to secure the Eagles Super Bowl victory.
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