San Francisco 49ers rising star Brock Purdy is about to make history.
The quarterback could become the first rookie to lead his team to a Super Bowl appearance. He is the latest rookie quarterback to lead his team to a conference championship. While Purdy has also won every one of the seven games he started, he’s getting praise for another reason: his faith comes first.
The former Iowa state standout has been open about his religion.
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Rev. Franklin Graham, CEO of Samaritan’s Purse and of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, was the last to congratulate Purdy after his victory over the Dallas Cowboys and noted his openness about his faith in God and Jesus Christ.
“They are now just one game away from the Super Bowl! Besides being a super talented football player, I love that Brock Purdy is so open about his faith in Jesus Christ,” Graham wrote in a Facebook post Monday. adding that he was looking for the 49ers to win the Super Bowl.
In the days leading up to the Cowboys game, Purdy explained to reporters how he was just trying to stay in the moment amid all the attention swirling around him and his team.
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“It’s been football, man,” Purdy said Thursday. “I’m not trying to make it more than it is. I’m a faith-based guy so that’s how I stay grounded. I don’t watch football like it’s literally everything. It’s (not) do or die or anything.
“It’s a game and it’s definitely my job and I take it very seriously, but at the end of the day I know I’m not defined by the wins or losses as a person, like that’s not who I am. I” I’m not just any quarterback. I wasn’t born just to be a quarterback and play football, and that’s it. Like I have a life and stuff.
“And I remember that, but at the same time, man, I’m a competitor. I like to compete. I want to win at all costs and so I enjoyed that too, so that’s where I ate. Stay that way I’m down to earth, but I’m certainly thankful and blessed to be here.”
After being pushed into the 49ers’ game against the Miami Dolphins in December, Purdy said he just trusted God.
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“You go out, you prepare the best you can, you get better every day in training, and once you get the chance, 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 and just play,” he said.
Purdy also opened up to Sports Spectrum about his faith in 2021. He said that in Iowa State, he asked God to forgive him for putting the sport he loved above his relationship with God.
“It was just a great reminder of where my identity is, where it lies,” he said. “And it’s in Jesus. And I keep leaning on Him. Again, the next day I didn’t go out and throw 500 yards and be this great quarterback, but it was just this peace that I had with Him knowing that,” Hey, whatever I’m going to face in college football, God and Jesus will be my identity. And whatever I meet, I won’t shake it off.” I’ve got a great foundation in Him.”
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Now Purdy is one win away from an unlikely appearance in Super Bowl LVII.