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Nick Foles’ Cinderella Story

Eagles quarterback, Nick Foles, played the game of his daydreams on Sunday. He was the backup quarterback to Carson Wentz until Wentz suffered an injury that put him out of the playoff games. So Foles, who’s had a somewhat stalled career in the NFL, stepped up to lead the Eagles to their first SuperBowl victory.

Yesterday, Foles reflected on his career and his amazing game on Sunday. Pay attention everybody:

“I think the big thing is don’t be afraid to fail,” Foles said. “In our society today, with Instagram and Twitter, it’s a highlight. It’s all the good things. When you look at it, you have a bad day, you think your life isn’t as good, you’re failing. Failure is a part of life. It’s a part of building character and growing. Without failure, who would you be? I wouldn’t be up here if I hadn’t fallen thousands of times, made mistakes. We all are human. We all have weaknesses. Just being able to share that and be transparent.

“I know when people speak and share they’re weaknesses, I listen. Because I can (relate). I’m not perfect. I’m not Superman. We might be in the NFL and we might have just won the Super Bowl, but we all have daily struggles. That’s where my faith comes in. That’s where my family comes in. I think when you look at a struggle in your life, just know that it’s an opportunity for your character to grow.”

The only caveat to this is that character doesn’t grow with too much deprivation and disappointment. You’ve got to occasionally get praise and rewards. So, make sure you praise and reward people for what they do or just because they’re sweet and kind. But his point is well taken. Don’t be afraid to fail.