Nick Foles went from backup quarterback to Super Bowl MVP in the blink of an eye. It’s no surprise other NFL backups want to emulate the Eagles star.
Winning the Super Bowl MVP made Nick Foles a hero for lots of Eagles fans. They aren’t the only ones trying to emulate the Philadelphia quarterback, though. Other backup signal-callers in the NFL are also anxious to try to follow in Foles’ footsteps.
Steelers backup Landry Jones makes no secret of his jealousy for his peer. He openly admits that what Foles achieved last season is “the goal.” Jones quickly added that he doesn’t wish for anything bad to happen to current Pittsburgh starter Ben Roethlisberger, but still thinks going on a run like Foles would be pretty special.
It might be wise for Jones, in particular, to dial his dreams down a bit. The Steelers drafted Mason Rudolph in the third round of this year’s draft. There’s no clear indication of where he’ll be on the depth chart when the regular season begins, but it’s distinctly possible that he can push Jones down to the No. 3 spot on the depth chart.
Jones certainly isn’t the only NFL backup dreaming of a Foles scenario though. A certain part of every QB2 has to secretly wish for the opportunity to take over for their team’s current starter and lead them to glory. Backup quarterbacks, after all, are often intense competitors too. Just because they don’t currently occupy the top spot on their team’s depth chart doesn’t mean they don’t have intense passion for the game.
The chances of another Nick Foles scenario playing out are pretty small. There’s a reason the story captivated the attention of football fans everywhere. That doesn’t mean that other backups aren’t secretly hoping for lightning to strike twice. They’d love to feel what it’s like to be a Super Bowl MVP too.