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Nick Foles fielded a standard question for a player at Super Bowl Opening Night. And with his answer, he revealed a special quality that he has in common with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

Ask him who his hero and his role model is, and he’ll tell you his dad.

For the uninitiated, Larry Foles is a self-made multimillionaire and founder/owner of Eddie V’s Restaurants, Inc. He started as an assistant manager and worked his way up to starting his own businesses. But before that, his own parents divorced when he was 13 and he helped raise his siblings mostly on his own.

That kind of life would inspire anybody. So it’s no surprise that Larry’s hard-earned success has inspired his son Nick as well.

“Hearing from people that grew up with him, his type of mentality, who he was, how he cared for every single person he helped raise, his two sisters and his brother and … he sacrificed everything,” said Foles. “And knowing that, and he’s been successful in his own career, and to just see that perseverance.

“Even my mom, very similar. So my parents have always been my role models and heroes.”

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As you probably remember, Brady gave a shorter but similarly heartfelt comment about his father, Tom Sr., during the week at last year’s Super Bowl. Asked by a young fan who his hero was, Brady got caught in a rare moment. He got choked up.

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Brady had a lot on his mind when it came to his family at Super Bowl LI, considering his mother Galynn was battling cancer at the time. But she completed her cancer treatment last summer, and now the Brady family is happy and healthy and right back at the Super Bowl one year later.

It’s common for athletes – anyone, really – to cite their parents as their heroes or role models. Even Bill Belichick honored his dad on Monday. But it’s also a strong parallel to draw between the two starting quarterbacks of Super Bowl LII, knowing that they’ll each take the field wanting to make the same people in their lives proud.

— By Matt Dolloff,

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