Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles has revealed that he wants to become a pastor when he is done with his sports career and that he has already signed up for seminary classes during the offseason.
Speaking to the media three days before the Eagles faced off with the New England Patriots for Super Bowl LII this Feb. 4, Foles said he wants to be a high school pastor because he feels that this age group is battling a lot of temptation in their lives. He also said he is set to take seminary classes in the offseason as part of his bid to grow in his Christian faith, CBS Local relayed.
"I took a leap of faith last year and signed up to take classes at seminary, and do that in the offseason, because in the offseason there's a lot of down time, so I wanted to be productive, I wanted to continue to learn and challenge my faith," Foles told the media.
"When I speak to high schoolers, when I speak to middle schoolers, that's such a time of young men and young women's lives that there's a lot of things that are thrown at them, so much temptation in this world," Foles added.
In addition, Foles shared how he had previously considered retiring from the NFL but prayer had led him back to his playing career. The Eagles quarterback said he still would have done something that would glorify God even if he never came back, but added that he loves the game so much and trusts the Lord in his journey to continue his football career.
Last month, NBC Philadelphia reported how Foles first spoke with his wife Tori and prayed to God before deciding to do away with his initial decision of retiring from the NFL. After saying a prayer, he said his heart told him to go back to playing football.
Although his 2015 season with the Rams was disappointing, his comeback with the Eagles took off. He said all those difficulties and injuries he encountered prior to his return only served to mold him into a better player, and he is grateful that he had his faith and his wife to lean on during those trying times.