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Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback Nick Foles went from backup quarterback to Super Bowl MVP by beating the favored New England Patriots this past weekend. However, what you might not know is that Foles, a six year jorneyman player, almost gave up the game a few years back, contemplating quitting altogether.

Foles was forced into action late in the year when starter Carson Wentz went down with a knee injury. Foles took advantage of the opportunity and never looked back.

In high school, college, or professional sports, as a substitute player you are only one play away from becoming a starter. Whether it’s an injury to a player, a coaching decision, or a new coach with a different philosophy, you must stay physically and mentally ready to play when you get your chance.

The next time you find yourself sitting on the bench or not playing as much as you would like, think about Nick Foles. Quitting will get you no where, but continuing to work hard for your opportunity and staying ready for your chance might end up very rewarding!

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