I actually don’t know if I can use the term “Super Bowl.” The NFL has put such strict limits on the use of the title of the game that most commercials leading up to Super Bowl Sunday say “The Big Game.” Anyway, if Commissioner Roger Goodell calls, I’ll change the title.
The question, however, is did God want the Eagles QB, Nick Foles to win the game? I ask this because I’m sure there will be those that will say because last night’s game MVP is a Jesus follower, and has declared he wants to be a pastor following his short NFL career, that God showed favor to the Eagles and wanted them to win.
My answer to this question, is I don’t know. Yes, Nick Foles is a Christ follower, but I’m sure there are several on the Patriots, and frankly, I don’t think God determines winners and losers to games like that. So, sorry for the somewhat misleading blog title.
HOWEVER, I do want to talk about Nick Foles. Nick has had an up and down NFL career, to say the least. He was drafted by the Eagles in 2012, got a chance to play, and eventually won the starting job, only to lose it again to NFL veteran Michael Vick. Early in the 2013 season, Vick got hurt and Foles stepped in and had a very strong season, earning a spot on the Pro Bowl roster as an alternative selection.
Foles got hurt early in 2014 and wouldn’t play again that season. He eventually got traded to the St. Louis Rams, only to be released after the season and was a back-up on the Kansas City Chiefs last season. Finally, he ended back in Philly this season, again as a back-up, only to be thrust into the limelight, late in the season, when starting QB Carson Wentz injured his knee.
Whether you’re a football fan or not, you probably know the rest. He took this opportunity and, even though he struggled during the remainder of the regular season, he thrived in the postseason. His accuracy and team management during the playoffs were unmatched as he led this team to a Super Bowl victory against arguably the greatest QB and head coach of all time.
The big question I have is “How?” How did he do this? If you watched the games you would know it wasn’t luck. He made too many great plays and throws for it to be luck. So how did this guy that wasn’t even supposed to play perform this well? I believe it’s because he used the adversity he had gone through and used it to become a Vibrant Leader.
Here at BreakThru Churches, I have this belief that every great church has to have a strong foundation of four things: A Vibrant Leader, Strong Team, Kingdom Values, and a Bold Plan. Vibrant leaders have the ability to lead a team and organization through obstacles and dysfunction because they never stop expanding as a leader.
When Carson Wentz went down to injury the entire city of Philadelphia freaked out and thought their season was toast. Vegas odds of the Eagles winning the Super Bowl plummeted, and none of the “experts” on tv and radio gave them a chance. I’m sure that even on the team there was a feeling that their chance of winning the title this season has slipped away. Despite a coaching staff that rallied the team, I have no doubt there was frustration, disappointment, and maybe even some team dysfunction in the days following Wentz’s injury.
So, again, HOW did Nick Foles lead this team to victory?
I think it’s because at some point in Nick’s (yes, we’re on a first name basis) journey he decided he was going to face every bit of criticism, disappointment, frustration, and failure. He was going to face those things head on and learn from them.
Nick decided he wasn’t going to blame the coaches, or whine about not being appreciated. He was going to face the truth, and learn. He had been at the peak as a Pro Bowl QB, and in the depths going from one team to the next, to the next that didn’t want him as their starter. He was going to be better because of the good and the tough.
I wonder how many times he questioned if it was worth it to be undervalued?
I wonder how many times he wondered if the coaches and talk radio pundits were right about him?
I wonder what made him decide he wasn’t going to wallow in self-pity, but instead use it to grow into the leader that would excel on the grandest stage in sports?
I think it’s because he became a Vibrant Leader. I don’t know if God wanted the Eagles to win or not. I’m not even sure if God cares. I, however, am inspired by moments of great leadership, and I was certainly inspired by Nick Foles last night. Congrats Nick!