Arizona Football

Foles first Arizona quarterback to start in Super Bowl and earn MVP

Nick Foles earned the trifecta and more within the last year:

Super Bowl starting quarterback.

Super Bowl winner.

Super Bowl MVP.

He also became a father for the first time in June when his wife Tori, a former Arizona volleyball standout, gave birth to their daughter Lily.

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Foles out-dueled the venerable one, Tom Brady, the guy who is a five-time Super Bowl champ playing in the grandest game for the eighth time.

Foles completed 28 of 43 attempts for 373 yards with three touchdowns and an interception in Philadelphia’s 41-33 win over New England in Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis.

“We’ve played this game since we were little kids and we dreamed about this moment,” Foles said on the podium after receiving his MVP award. “There’s plenty of kids watching this game right now dreaming about this moment that someday they’ll be here. To be here with my daughter, my wife, my family, my teammates, this city … I’m very blessed.”

Nick Foles with his 7-month daughter Lily celebrating a Super Bowl title and MVP honor (NBC-TV capture)

Foles also became the first quarterback to catch a touchdown pass in the Super Bowl when he scored on a 1-yard trick play on fourth down in which tight end Trey Burton completed the pass off a double-reverse with 38 seconds left in the first half.

Foles’ 11-yard touchdown pass to Zach Ertz with 2:21 left put the Eagles ahead for good, 38-33.

He also completed a completed a 34-yard scoring pass to Alshon Jeffery in the second quarter and a 22-yard strike to Corey Clement in the third quarter.

Former Arizona teammate Rob Gronkowski caught two touchdown passes for New England and Marquis Flowers, another Wildcat teammate of Foles, had a tackle for loss in the game for the Patriots.

Quite a game for Foles. Quite a game for Arizona.

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