Quarterback Nick Foles never received the customary handshake from Tom Brady after the Philadelphia Eagles won their first Super Bowl title in team history last year, a 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots.
And Foles said this week he hasn't heard from Brady since that game, either, per Tim McManus of ESPN.com. But the Super Bowl MVP maintained it isn't a big deal:
"It will happen when it happens. We practiced with the Patriots several years ago, and I got to stand there and talk to Tom for quite a bit. He's a great guy. I have all the respect in the world for him.
"I think everyone's making a really big deal out of this and it's not a big deal at all. I've already talked to him before, he's a guy I've always looked up to. You've got to admire someone who is probably the greatest ever and still going strong. I mean, even at his age he seems to get better and better. I've already had a conversation with him before when we practiced, so if we have one in the future, we'll have one and it will be cool."
Brady and Foles engaged in a battle for the ages in the Super Bowl, with Brady going 28-of-48 for 505 passing yards, three touchdowns and one infamous dropped pass. Foles was fantastic himself, going 28-of-43 for 373 yards, three touchdowns, one interception and a touchdown reception on the now-legendary "Philly Special" trick play.
After the contest, Brady left the field before shaking hands with Foles, though he did shake the hands of at least two other Eagles players, including defensive tackle Fletcher Cox. So it's possible that in the chaos on the field after the game ended, Brady simply couldn't find Foles and didn't intentionally snub him.
Either way, Foles doesn't seem too bothered ahead of the Eagles and Patriots facing off in a preseason matchup Thursday night.
"This is a new season, new people, new players," he said. "Obviously we wear the same logos as last year but we both have a new identity. This is the time of year where we grow together as teams, so that's all I'm really focusing on."
Foles, 29, will enter the season as Philadelphia's backup on the depth chart behind Carson Wentz, though it's unclear if Wentz will be ready for Week 1 as he recovers from a torn ACL last season. For the Eagles, having a Super Bowl MVP to handle the position until Wentz is ready for action is an excellent contingency plan.