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Nick Foles of the Philadelphia Eagles has won the award for Best Championship Performance at the 2018 ESPYs. Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors, George Springer of the Houston Astros and Donte DiVincenzo, who formerly played for the Villanova Wildcats, were also up for the award.
Nick Foles wasn’t supposed to be the quarterback under center when the Philadelphia Eagles competed in Super Bowl LII with a chance at winning their first championship in franchise history. During the Eagles’ Week 14 game against the Los Angeles Rams, Carson Wentz suffered a torn ACL. Before Wentz went down with the season-ending injury, the 11-2 Eagles seemed like the favorites coming out of the NFC. But then, the rest of their promising season became dependent on the right arm of Foles, who once contemplated retiring from the game of football before returning to the Eagles.
"After my time with a certain NFL team, I wanted to retire. This was a year ago. I wanted to retire from the NFL, and I really struggled,” Foles said, per CBS Sports. “I couldn't pick up a football for about eight months. I had no love for the game, and it was tough." In his first start replacing Wentz, Foles threw for 237 yards with four touchdowns and zero interceptions in the Eagles’ 34-29 victory over the New York Giants. The faith of Philadelphians may not have been fully restored from that showing, but it was definitely a sign of good things to come.
Following two masterful performances in the playoff games leading up to the Super Bowl, Foles proved that he wasn’t overwhelmed by the pressure of playing against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. On 4th and Goal with only 38 seconds remaining in the second quarter, Foles was called upon to catch a potential touchdown pass. He rose to the occasion, and made history in the process.
Foles became the first player ever to throw and catch a touchdown in a Super Bowl. It's an accomplishment truly worthy of being recognized as Best Championship Performance at this year's ESPYs.
In other ESPY-related news, the Best Coach Award was given posthumously to Aaron Feis, Scott Beigel and Chris Hixon, three Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School coaches who died during the school shooting that took place there earlier this year.
This year's Best Coach Award is posthumously given to Aaron Feis, Scott Beigel and Chris Hixon - the 3 coaches who died protecting students from gunfire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. https://t.co/T3gtmmd6PF #ESPYS pic.twitter.com/MzPhYxXZpQ— Good Morning America (@GMA) July 19, 2018