(CNSNews.com) -- While commenting on his collarbone injury, which has kept him off the field since the season began, Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Nick Foles said that he "can have joy in an injury" because he is going to "glorify" God "in every action, good or bad."
He added that "people hear that and say, 'That's crazy.' But when you believe in Jesus, and you go out there and you play, that changes your heart. And you only understand it when that purpose is in your life."
At a Nov. 13 press conference, Foles, who led the Philadelphia Eagles to the Super Bowl LII win in 2017, was asked if he ever has doubts about joining the Jaguars given his injury, which is expected to fully heal.
"When I felt this thing [collarbone] break and I was going into the locker room, I just realized, ‘God, this wasn’t exactly what I was thinking when I came to Jacksonville,'" said Foles. "When you come here, you want to create a culture and impact people."
"But at the end of the day, as I got this -- this is the journey You want me to go on, I’m going to glorify You in every action, good or bad," said Foles, the first NFL quarterback to throw seven touchdown passes in one game.
"I still can have joy in an injury," he said. "People hear that and say, 'That's crazy.' But when you believe in Jesus, and you go out there and you play, that changes your heart. And you only understand it when that purpose is in your life."
"Just like when I hoisted the Lombardi trophy, the reason I'm smiling is my faith was in Christ," said Foles. "In that moment, I realized I didn't need that trophy to define who I was, because it was already in Christ."
“That’s my message when I play," he said. "The same thing happens when I get injured. We tend to make this so much about us as human beings, we tend to make it about us as athletes. It’s not about us. It really isn't."
"If you make it about yourself, you’re probably going to go home at night and lay your head on your pillow and be very alone and very sad," he said. "Then, hopefully someday you can find that purpose in your life because my purpose isn't football."
"It's impacting people, and my ministry happens to be in the locker room," said Foles, 30, who is married and has a two-year-old daughter.
Foles is also the author of Believe It: My Journey of Success, Failure, and Overcoming the Odds, a New York Times best seller in 2018.