A rookie NFL quarterback, who is also a devout Christian, is looking to become the first rookie to lead his team to the Super Bowl.

Brock Purdy, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback, started seven games during the 2022 season and won all of them. He was selected as the last pick of the 2022 NFL draft, yet he has become an instrumental player for the 49ers. The team started the 2022 season with Trey Lance as their quarterback, but he was injured and unable to play for the rest of the season. After Lance's injury, Jimmy Garoppolo who had previously led the team to Super Bowl in 2020 took over, but he too was injured in a game against the Miami Dolphins on December 4th, which led to Purdy taking over as the starting quarterback.

After the 49ers defeated the Dallas Cowboys last Sunday, Rev. Franklin Graham wrote on Facebook, "The 49ers are now just one game away from the Super Bowl! In addition to being a highly talented football player, I appreciate that Brock Purdy is openly vocal about his faith in Jesus Christ."

“It’s been football, man,” Purdy said before their game against the San Francisco 49ers. “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,” the Iowa State graduate continued. “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. 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.”

In 2019, when he was the quarterback for Iowa State as a sophomore, Purdy stated in an interview with Sports Spectrum that his goal is for "others to see God through my actions."

“Every time I step on the field I want to bring Him glory. Even when we lose, I point to God and thank him for the opportunity. Everything happens for a reason; it’s all a lesson from the Lord. It’s a game, it’s not my life. It took me a long time to realize this; I used to put football in front of the Lord. I would pray for him to keep me safe and give me a good game, but it isn’t about that. Now I pray that I would make the most of the opportunity he’s given me and, win or lose, that I would put him first,” Purdy said.

In a 2021 interview on the Sports Spectrum Podcast, Purdy reminisced about his experience when he first began playing football at Iowa State and the changes he underwent after a difficult first week of fall camp. He remembered the moment when he got on his knees and asked God to forgive him for allowing football to take precedence over his relationship with Jesus Christ.

“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,’” he said.

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