Summer 2019 is behind us and you know what, I didn’t do a darn thing. I didn’t visit one beach, pool or amusement park this year. My “Hot Girl Summer” consisted of going to work, going to church going to brunch a few times. All of my adventures and drama came from reading. That’s a good and bad thing at the same time. Ice could have been covering the ground and it would not have made much of a difference to me. I’m going to share and review what I read this summer.
My last Hot Girl Summer book review is “Believe It” by NFL quarterback Nick Foles. I ran across this book while I was working my part time library job. My first reaction to the book was I couldn’t imagine anything more boring than an autobiography of Nick Foles.
But then I remembered his practical and heartfelt MVP speech after winning Superbowl LII. It touched my heart. A lot of the victory speeches that people give at events such as the Oscars are sugary sweet nonsense that sets people up for failure. I don’t believe that most celebrities tell the entire truth about how they become successful.
I checked “Believe It” out and indeed some parts were boring but overall I enjoyed the book. I am not an Eagles fan so I skipped over the parts of the book where Nick Foles detailed the Playoff season. I remember that Playoff season but I am not an Eagles fan and I was following other teams. All of the teams that I cared about had been eliminated by the end so I gave my support to the Eagles simply because they were playing the heavily favored Patriots which get on my nerves along with most of the rest of America.
In case you don’t know here is the backstory. Nick Foles is the NFL quarterback that led the Philadelphia Eagles to their first Superbowl victory in 2018. Nick was a back up quarterback at the beginning of the season to Carson Wentz who was sensational. Carson Wentz got hurt at the end of the regular season and couldn’t continue to play. Nick had to step in at a critical juncture of the season and not let his team mates and the city of Philadelphia down.
Nick Foles is kind of like a live action version of Charlie Brown that won the Superbowl. His life isn’t very dramatic but nothing came easy for him. He was picked 88th in the NFL draft. I didn’t realize the numbers went that high. He played second string to superstar quarterbacks Mike Vick and Carson Wentz. He also played back up to one of my favs Alex Smith.
He was a starting quarterback on the St. Louis Rams which was a struggling franchise at the time. He was in that lead position briefly and was fired. After his winning Superbowl season Nick played with the Eagles briefly and then became a free agent. He started the current NFL season as the starting quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars but his collarbone was broken in the first game against my Kansas City Chiefs.
Nick told other anecdotes of being awkward and things just not going quite right. I think many of us can relate to this book even if we are not athletic or particularly competitive. Prior to the Superbowl reporters covering the event confused Nick with a different player. That’s easy to believe because he is a pretty plain looking guy.
He went into a restaurant in Philadelphia and went unnoticed by fans that loudly expressed their lack of faith that Nick could bring the championship home. The woman that he fell in love with on sight and later married was dating someone else when they first met. The proposal that he planned was a comedy of errors. A lot of celebrities try to be relatable and it comes across as very phony and condescending. But I think everyone can gain something from Nick’s encouraging MVP speech. Please watch.
I recommend “Believe It” even if you don’t enjoy football. I enjoy the game and I skipped parts of it because I still interested in the Eagles Superbowl run and I don’t need to read about it in detail. But Nick is a likeable and sympathetic character. Everyone loves an underdog and he was the lead underdog on a team of underdogs. It would be hard not to like “Believe It”.