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Nick Foles’ first season in Chicago isn’t exactly going as planned.

But as the NFL’s regular season approaches amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Eagles legend is trying to keep a level head with some of his trademark perspective.

Foles spoke to the Chicago media in a virtual press scrum on Friday, after reporting to his first training camp with the Bears this week.

He of course talked about the ways he stayed in shape this offseason, how he feels about being part of the Bears quarterback competition, and other (relatively) normal football stuff.

But two quotes from Foles, talking more about life than about football, really stuck out as poignant messages.

First, here’s how he responded when asked about his reactions to things like athletes opting out of seasons and leagues cancelling games over positive tests:

I don’t know what the future holds, as far as it pertains to a month from now, but I do know that today, after this, I have a meeting. And in that meeting we’re going to go through our installation today, and that’s all I’m focused on, and we’ll see what happens.

But I do want to say that I know everyone’s been affected, and just that our prayers and our thoughts are with everyone, because it has been a really tough 2020 for every single person.

And here’s how Foles discussed the way he’s dealing with distractions, and trying to maintain focus in such an unusual time:

I’m human just like everyone else, where all those distractions do affect me. You can ask my wife. There’s times where I’m like, ‘Oh my gosh, I’m freaking out,’ and then she’s like, ‘Alright,’ and I’ll take a breath, and we’ll have a conversation. I’m like, ‘Alright, I know how to hone back in, I know how to eliminate the clutter. I spend time eliminating things that shouldn’t be in my mind, that I shouldn’t focus on, and I hone back into the moment. 

And I say that to say – because there’s people that will see this interview, kids that are going through that – to say, hey, we as professional athletes do that. We might not talk about it all the time. Well, I’m talking about it. You’ve got to handle it. You’ve got to eliminate the clutter and focus on the simple things.

Both answers are such classic examples of Foles’ perspective, even in the face of a challenge like a global pandemic. 

The fact that Foles decided to take time to address children and teenagers struggling with new distractions is remarkable. He’s busy parenting his children, dealing with a new city and new job, trying to perform well enough to earn the Bears’ starting job, and the man still wants to use a few minutes to send positive messages to anyone who happens to be listening.

It’s just a great message, from a great guy.

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