For approximately the billionth time in his Philadelphia Eagles career, Nick Foles is featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
Again in 2018, Philly called on its modest (but statistically mind-blowing) backup QB to save the season.— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) January 8, 2019
Nick Foles and the Super Bowl champs are, justifiably, loaded with confidence.
After all, they’ve seen it before (by @GregBishopSI & @Ben_Baskin) https://t.co/IXPogSc8Ih pic.twitter.com/j5xjntEFAi
Honestly, I’ve lost count of the real number by this point. So let’s retrace his steps.
Foles first made the SI cover in the midst of his 27-2 season in 2013:
Nick Foles, SI coverboy, with story written by Michael Bamberger: pic.twitter.com/o1jEs8lMo8— Zach Berman (@ZBerm) December 11, 2013
Then he made the cover for a 2014 season preview:
COVER (1/4) @NFL Preview '14: Where did all the gunslingers go? The NFC, that's where http://t.co/Cz0pNSvhJ0 pic.twitter.com/5sZPPPJqty— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) August 27, 2014
Foles was featured on the Eagles’ edition of a 2018 Super Bowl preview cover:
THIS WEEK'S COVER: And then Nick Foles happened again! The Eagles' backup is now a Super Bowl starter. pic.twitter.com/bco0LuwcCR— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) January 23, 2018
And then again once the Eagles won the Super Bowl:
Nineteen months ago, Nick Foles was fly fishing in the Sierra Nevada mountains after having decided to retire. Now he's done what no QB ever had before— lead the Eagles to a Super Bowl win. This week's @SInow cover story, co-written with @GregBishopSI https://t.co/pMRueW6eps pic.twitter.com/bh9F29PRIw— Ben Baskin (@Ben_Baskin) February 6, 2018
And then another time for a commemorative Super Bowl issue:
So, unless I’m missing some, the latest issue makes his sixth appearance on Sports Illustrated.
That’s a lot of any athlete, let alone one who averages seven games played per season (including playoffs) over a seven-year NFL career.
All of this is just another reminder that Foles’ career has been incredibly unique and wildly unpredictable.
BDN will likely add his to SI cover count if/when he continues to win in the playoffs and get the Eagles back to the Super Bowl for the second year in a row.