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Brock Purdy of the San Francisco 49ers is trying to make history by becoming the first rookie quarterback to lead his team to the Super Bowl, but he’s not letting this quest distract him from his strong Christian faith. Unlike many athletes, Purdy is putting his faith first no matter what, and he’s now being praised for that in a big way.

Purdy Puts God First

In the days leading up to his team’s victory over the Dallas Cowboys last weekend, Purdy was open about how much his faith means to him.

“It’s been football, man,” Purdy told reporters last Thursday, according to Fox News. “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,” he added. “I’m not just a quarterback. I wasn’t born to just to be a quarterback and play football, and that’s it. Like, I have a life and everything like that.”

Purdy Still Wants To Win

Just because Purdy puts his faith first, however, does not mean he doesn’t want to win. 

“And I remember that, but at the same time, man, I’m a competitor,” he explained. “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?’” Purdy continued. “For me, I believe in the Lord, and I trust in Him. I just go out there, and I just play.” 

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Franklin Graham Praises Purdy

Rev. Franklin Graham, CEO of Samaritan’s Purse and of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, spoke out to praise Purdy after his team came out victorious over the Cowboys. 

“Congratulations to QB Brock Purdy and the San Francisco 49ers on their win last night over the Dallas Cowboys!” Graham wrote on Facebook. “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,” he continued. “I haven’t rooted for the 49ers since Joe Montana, but I’m sure pulling for them now!”

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Purdy Asks God For Forgiveness

In a 2021 interview with Sports Spectrum, Purdy revealed that during his time playing football for Iowa State, he asked God to forgive him for putting the sport ahead of his relationship with the Lord.

“It was just a great reminder of where my identity is, where it lies,” he said at the time. “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.’” he continued. “I’ve got a great foundation in Him.”

Purdy is clearly a Godly young man who has a good head on his shoulders. With God on his side, the sky is the limit, so we would not be surprised if Purdy fulfills his goal of leading the 49ers to Super Bowl victory! 

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