San Francisco 49ers rising star Brock Purdy is on the verge of making history.
The quarterback could be the first starter to lead the team to a Super Bowl appearance. He is the latest starting quarterback to lead a team to a conference championship. Purdy has won all seven of his starts, but he’s getting praise for another reason — putting faith first.
The former Iowa State standout is clear about his religion.
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Rev. Franklin Graham, CEO of Samaritan’s Purse and Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, was the latest to congratulate Purdy after a win over the Dallas Cowboys and express his faith in God and Jesus Christ.
“Just one game away from the Super Bowl! I love the fact that in addition to being an extremely talented football player, Brock Purdy is very open about his faith in Jesus Christ,” Graham wrote on Facebook. Adding that he is rooting for the 49ers to win the Super Bowl.
In the days leading up to the Cowboys game, Purdy explained to reporters how he’s trying to stay present during the spotlight on him and the team.
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“It was football, man,” Purdy said Thursday. “I don’t try to make it more than that. I’m a person of faith, so I’m going to continue on that basis. I don’t see football as literally everything. Something like that.
“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 that I’m not defined as a person by winning or losing, it’s not who I am. I’m not just a quarterback. I wasn’t just born to be a quarterback and play football, and That’s it, like I have a life and all 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 enjoy that too, so that’s where I’m at. That’s how it all depends, but being here. I’m definitely thankful and blessed.”
After being pushed during the 49ers’ game against the Miami Dolphins in December, Purdy said he trusted in God.
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“You go out there, you prepare as much as you can, you get better every day in practice, and once you get your chance, you think, ‘What are you going to do?’ “For me, I believe in the Lord and I believe in him, I’m going to go out there and play,” he said.
Purdy also opened the sports spectrum in 2021 about his faith. At Iowa State, he said he asked God to forgive him for putting his love of sports ahead of his relationship with God.
“It was just a big reminder of where my identity was, where it was,” he said. “And it’s in Jesus. And I continued to lean on Him. Again, the next day I didn’t run for 500 yards and I was this amazing quarterback, but I had this peace with Him knowing that. “Hey, whatever I do to move forward during college football, God And Jesus will be my label. And I will not be shaken by anything that happens to me.” I have a great foundation in Him.
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Now, Purdy is one more victory away from an unthinkable shot at Super Bowl LVI.