Nick Foles, the NFL quarterback who took the Philadelphia Eagles to a Superbowl victory in 2018 and who is also training to be a pastor, had a sad announcement for his fans recently. Foles announced he and his wife, Tori, lost a baby to miscarriage over the Memorial Day weekend.
“As several of you knew, we were about 15 weeks pregnant with our 2nd baby. Early Sunday morning after a rough couple days fighting a ‘virus’ of some sort, I went into sudden labor and knew something was wrong,” Tori wrote in a post on Instagram.
Tori Foles Speaks Candidly of Pain on Instagram
Tori wrote about how she had to go through labor and deliver the baby she had just miscarried. “To fully labor and deliver and even see our baby boy was a pretty devastating process,” she said. After a trip to the hospital, Tori found out she had contracted an infection of pneumonia in the blood, which doctors believe caused the miscarriage.
The couple relied on support from friends who happened to be visiting from Pennsylvania. Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach Press Taylor and his wife, Brooklyn, were with the Foles family when the miscarriage took place. Tori expressed her thanks to the Taylors by saying, “God knew we needed you.”
Foles will be playing for the Jacksonville Jaguars this upcoming season. Yahoo Sports reports that Foles missed the voluntary off-season training the Jaguars had scheduled this week in order to take care of Tori. He cited personal reasons for missing the training, but must have told coach Doug Marrone more, since the coach announced the team’s “thoughts and prayers” were with the Foles family.
Tori and Nick Rely on Faith
The Foles have one young daughter and were looking forward to being parents to another child, but they are able to see God’s hand in this loss. Tori wrote, “Emotions go back and forth from immense and overwhelming sadness, confusion and anger to a firm belief that God has this fully in his hands and will use this for good.”
Tori explained the experience has instilled a new sense of compassion in them for other couples who have endured miscarriages.
We’ve endured some unique challenges as a couple so far, but never quite knew what something like this felt like and now we do. We have so much compassion and sensitivity to those who have gone through a miscarriage at any point and in any circumstance. We know they all happen very differently.
Foles wrote about the incident on Twitter, pointing people to the story on Tori’s Instagram account. “We are grateful for all the love, support and prayers,” he wrote. He also included a Scripture reference: 2 Corinthians 12:9.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
The pain of miscarriage can be devastating, and understandably, some couples choose not to talk about it. The Foles both have a wide following of fans, though, and they are not shy about their faith in God. Perhaps they saw an opportunity to point grieving couples to the hope of Christ and communicate that there is nothing wrong with expressing grief.