San Francisco 49ers star quarterback Brock Purdy has said that he credits his Christian faith for his success.
Purdy shocked the league when he took over for injured quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and led his team to victory after victory.
The San Francisco 49ers selected Purdy with the last pick (262nd overall) of the 2022 NFL Draft.
No one wanted him and if he wins one more game he will make history as the first rookie QB to lead his team to the Super Bowl.
He credits his faith for his success.
“It’s been football, man,” he said.
“I don’t try to make it more than it is. I’m a faith-based guy, so that’s how I stay grounded.
“I don’t look at football like it’s literally everything.
“It’s not do-or-die or anything like that.
“It’s a game and it’s my job, for sure, and I take it very seriously, but at the end of the day, I know that I’m not defined by the wins or losses as a person, like, that’s not who I am.
“I’m not just a quarterback,” he said.
“I wasn’t born to just be a quarterback and play football, and that’s it.
“Like, I have a life and everything like that.
“And I remember that, but at the same time, man, I’m a competitor. I love to compete.
“I want to win at all costs and so, I’ve been enjoying that as well, so that’s where I’m at.
“That’s how I stay grounded with it all, but I’m definitely thankful and blessed to be here.
“You go out there, you prepare as best you can, you get better every single day at practice, and once you get your opportunity, it’s ‘What are you going to do with it?’
“For me, I believe in the Lord, and I trust in Him.
“I just go out there, and I just play,” he said.
“It was just a great reminder of where my identity is, where it lies.
“And it’s in Jesus. And I continue to lean on him.”
“Again, the next day I didn’t go out and throw for 500 yards and was this awesome quarterback, but it was just this peace that I had with Him knowing that, ‘Hey, no matter what I’m going to face moving forward during college football, God and Jesus are going to be my identity. And whatever I face, I won’t be shaken from it.’
“I’ve got a great foundation in Him.”
“The bottom line, my identity is in Jesus.”
49ers QB Brock Purdy with poignant words on his faith in Christ from August 2021 pic.twitter.com/PlNtmcngMZ
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He said on Instagram:
“The Lord is my rock and I will not be shaken.
Rev. Franklin Graham, CEO of Samaritan’s Purse and of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, said:
“They’re now just one game away from the Super Bowl!
“In addition to being a super talented football player, I love the fact that Brock Purdy is so open about his faith in Jesus Christ.”