San Francisco 49ers rising star Brock Purdy is on the verge of making history.
The quarterback could become the first rookie to lead his team to a Super Bowl appearance. He is the latest rookie quarterback to guide his team to a conference championship. And while Purdy has won each of the seven games he’s started, he’s being praised for another reason — putting faith first.
The former Iowa State standout has been open about his religion.
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Rev. Franklin Graham, executive director of Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, was the latest to congratulate Purdy after his win over the Dallas Cowboys, noting 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 the fact that Brock Purdy is so open about his faith in Jesus Christ,” Graham wrote Monday in a Facebook post. added that he was looking for the 49ers to win the Super Bowl.
In the days leading up to the game against the Cowboys, 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 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 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 I’m not defined by wins or losses as a person, like, that’s not who I am. I’m not just a quarterback. I wasn’t born to just be a quarterback and play football and that’s it. Like, I have a life and all that stuff.
“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 I’ve also enjoyed it, so that’s where I’m at. That’s how I stay ground me with it all, but I’m definitely grateful and blessed to be here.”
After being pushed into the 49ers’ matchup against the Miami Dolphins in December, Purdy said he just trusted God.
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“You go out there, you prepare the 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.
Purdy also opened up to Sports Spectrum in 2021 about his faith. He said that while at Iowa State, he asked God to forgive him for putting the sport he loved ahead of his relationship with God.
“It was just a good reminder of where my identity is, where it lies,” he said. “And that’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 be this great quarterback, but it was just this peace that I had with him when I knew, “Hey, whatever I’m going to face going forward during college football, God and Jesus will be my identity. And no matter what I face, I will not be shaken from it.” I have a great foundation in him.”
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Now, Purdy is one win away from an improbable appearance at Super Bowl LVII.