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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) holds his daughter, Lily James, after winning the NFL Super Bowl 52 football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Eagles won 41-33. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

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BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — The text message Saints legend Drew Brees sent to Eagles quarterback Nick Foles before Super Bowl LII boiled down to a simple truth. 

As big as the game is, once the ball is snapped, the task is actually pretty small. 

Brees, who went to Westlake High in Austin, Texas a decade before Foles, reached out to his fellow Chaparral on Sunday, offering some encouragement as Foles got ready to take on Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.

"A lot of the message I'll keep to myself, but the big thing was going into this game, he just reminded me that it's just football," Foles said. "There's a lot of things going on, pregame, a longer pregame, a big halftime show, but at the end of the day when you're out there, the game will settle down and it'll just be football."

Foles never looked like somebody who was lost in the moment. 

Aggressive, escaping the pocket and tossing perfect touch passes off of play-action, Foles threw for 373 yards, three touchdowns, one flukish interception and caught a touchdown pass on fourth-and-goal at the end of the first half. 

"He was right," Foles said. "You don't really know. I've never played in a Super Bowl. It's the biggest stage there is in this game, something you dream about as a kid, so when you're out there, you don't know how your body's going to react, you don't know how your mind's going to react. I was able to settle down."

Foles, like a lot of kids who've come through Westlake, appreciated the gesture from a legend he's known for a long time. 

"A guy I've always looked up to and still do," Foles said. "He just does it the right way. Obviously, he's one of the greatest of all time."

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