Many forget, however, that Brady didn't go up to Foles to shake hands following the game, a common gesture by quarterbacks after every contest. But as the two Super Bowl MVPs prepare to meet again in Thursday's preseason game, Foles holds no bitter feelings against Brady.
"I think everybody is making a really big deal out of this, and it's not a really big deal at all. I've already talked to him before," Foles said, via Zack Rosenblatt of NJ.com. "He's a guy I've always looked up to. You've got to admire someone who's probably the greatest ever and is still going strong. At his age, he gets better and better."
Brady is a five-time Super Bowl champion, and he was greeted with handshakes from Russell Wilson and Matt Ryan following New England's victories in Super Bowls 49 and 51, respectively. Though Brady is among the most respected athletes in the world, he came under fire for not displaying sportsmanship with Foles.
On top of that, Brady did not meet with New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning following the Pats' losses in Super Bowls 42 and 46. That, coupled with his snub of Foles, sent Twitter into a frenzy, if it wasn't in one already.
But Brady has often displayed great class and sportsmanship throughout his career, so it may be unfair to judge him for a few losses based on some handshake snubs. It's not as if every other quarterback to play against Brady went up to shake his hand after a game, either.
As such, it's a classy gesture on Foles' end to remind everybody how kind of a person Brady really is, and how he looks up to the five-time Super Bowl champion. So when he and Brady briefly meet again in preseason action on Thursday, nobody should make a big deal if there isn't handshake at any point.