Eagles QB Nick Foles isn't ready to retire: 'I'm really loving playing this game'

Eagles QB Nick Foles isn't ready to retire: 'I'm really loving playing this game'

It’s a conversation Eagles quarterback Nick Foles has had many times with loved ones.

The backup-turned-starter has pondered retirement before, and with Philadelphia committing again to Carson Wentz as QB1, questions regarding the 29-year-old’s future arose Friday.

But, Foles, who turns 30 on Jan. 20, isn’t ready to step away just yet.

“I’ve never had a set — I want to play until I’m 40, I want to play until I’m this — it’s more so a faith thing,” he said. “If this is where my heart’s led, I’m doing it for the right reasons, I’ll continue to do it. If I can’t find the right reasons to do this game, then I need to pursue something else.

“But right now, I’m really loving playing this game. Being a part of a locker room like this has energized me. I’ve grown this last year as a player more this last year than I ever have. I’m really starting to understand how I want to play this game.”

Foles took over under center in December after Wentz had to sit out the final month-plus with a back injury. Foles led the Eagles to four consecutive wins and the divisional round before a loss to the Saints ended their run.

It’s not the first time Foles had to close out the season. Last year he took over for an injured Wentz and helped the franchise secure their first ever Super Bowl victory. But, even with that success, the Eagles plan to start Wentz in 2019.

“Yes, Carson Wentz is the quarterback going forward,” coach Doug Pederson said earlier in the week. “And in Nick’s case, listen, we’d love to have everybody back throughout the roster but as I’ve said many times, it’s not about one guy, it’s about the team, and we’re going to do what’s best for the team.”

Foles finished the year with a 4-1 regular-season record in five starts and completed 72.3 percent of his passes for 1,413 yards with seven touchdowns and four interceptions. He was 1-1 in the postseason with 467 yards with three touchdowns and four interceptions.