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Nick Foles writes thank you to letter to Philly

Andrew Porter
March 13, 2019 - 10:41 am

Nick Foles is moving on from Philadelphia and heading to Jacksonville, as the Jags signed Foles to a four-year deal worth up to $102 million

Foles will go down as a Philadelphia sports hero thanks to his play in Super Bowl LII and the games leading up to it. 

On Wednesday, Foles wrote a thank you letter to the city of Philadelphia via The Players' Tribune

"I love Philadelphia as a city," Foles wrote while explaining why he chose the Eagles for a second stint as a 28-year-old free-agent.

"I realized that this was much more than an X’s-and-O’s decision. It was a decision about what city our daughter was going to spend her first years in, and have her first memories in, and call her hometown."

After thanking Andy Reid, who drafted Foles, and the Eagles' organization, Foles ended by thanking Philadelphia:

"Because for as much of an honor as it’s been to play for this team and this city…… the truest privilege has been over the last year, in the time since we won the Super Bowl — having Eagles fans share their stories with me. Having them remind me of how we didn’t just win the Super Bowl; we won the Eagles’ first Super Bowl ever. Getting to hear from Philly natives about how their father, or father’s father, or mother, or mother’s mother, cried tears of happiness after the game. Learning about how, for most people, rooting for the Eagles is more than a decision — it’s a birthright.

It’s family.

Philadelphia, thank you for welcoming me into yours.

You will forever be a part of mine.

Love Always,

He even thanked Chip Kelly for trading him: "I even want to thank Chip Kelly for trading me in 2015. Without that challenge in my life, I wouldn’t be the player I am today."

You can read the full letter here.