Foles on Brady handshake: 'Not a big deal at all'

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles told reporters Wednesday he's not worried about the fact that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady didn't shake his hand following Super Bowl LII.

Asked if he's heard from Brady since the game in February, Foles said he hasn't, but made it clear that he doesn't see any unresolved issue between the two.

"We both have a lot going on in our lives so, you know, in time," said Foles, whose Eagles visit Foxborough for a preseason game Thursday night. "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.

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"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'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."

By custom, opposing quarterbacks usually shake hands after games, but Brady and Foles never did after the Eagles clinched their first Lombardi Trophy in Minneapolis. Brady has not been asked publicly about the lack of a handshake, and there's no indication as to whether it was intentional or simply prevented by postgame chaos.

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: The Philadelphia Eagles celebrate after defeating the New England Patriots 41-33 in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates with his daughter Lily Foles after his 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New England Patriots 41-33. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates with his daughter Lily Foles after his 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New England Patriots 41-33. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Foles was named MVP of the game after throwing for 373 yards, three touchdowns -- including the game-winner -- and an interception, while Brady set a playoff record with 505 passing yards, in addition to three touchdowns and a lost fumble that helped the Eagles secure the win in the fourth quarter.

While the memories of last season remain fresh, Foles isn't focused on comparing the two sides.

"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."

--Field Level Media

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