CJ Stroud is easily one of the best stories out of the NFL this season. The rookie quarterback could do the unthinkable and win Rookie of the Year and NFL MVP if he is able to keep up his strong play for the rest of the Texans’ season.
Stroud undoubtedly has a chip on his shoulder after he fell in the NFL Draft because of low “Wonderlic” scores, which set out to measure the cognitive ability and intelligence of potential NFL QBs. That deterred some teams from drafting the Ohio State product, though I’m sure those teams are regretting that decision now (looking at you Carolina Panthers).
Throughout his football playing career, Stroud has always been open about his feelings, and open about his faith. He has recently used his platform to speak out about prison reform (his father is incarcerated), and in the past two weeks, Stroud has consistently and confidently spoken openly about his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Immediately after a huge win for the Texans over the Cincinnati Bengals, Stroud was asked how they managed to pull off the win in the final moments, and he responded by saying this:
“I just think we’re resilient, and all glory and praise have to go to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ…
Wins in the NFL don’t come easy, and by the glory of God, we came out and we got the dub.”
NFL Quarterback CJ Stroud after his dominating win today: “All glory and praise have to go to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
Pretty mature stuff right there from a 22-year-old franchise quarterback…
And once Stroud got to his press conference, that theme of praising God continued. A reporter asked about his faith and his relationship with God and how it has helped him in football, and Stroud poignantly replied:
“For me, it’s a lot of prayer, a lot of knowing that God wouldn’t put anything on me that I can’t handle. I don’t deserve His grace and His mercy, but he still gives it to me and I love Him for that.
It’s not about me, it’s about Him and His glory. I think that’s where it comes from, I think God made me like that.”
This is powerful: #Texans QB CJ Stroud talks about his relationship with God and how it has helped him on the football field and in life:
“It’s not about me, it’s about Him and His glory. So that’s where it comes from, God made me like that.” pic.twitter.com/nrbmRYsvEK
And just to drive the point home that this is a pattern (and lifestyle) from the leader of the Houston Texans, when asked a question about how good he has been after a close game last week, he immediately kicked off his answer proclaiming his faith:
“First and foremost man, I’ve gotta give all glory and praise to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
These last couple of weeks have been up and down, I’ve been going through a lot on and off the field, but when you give your life to the Lord, He gives you opportunities.”
It’s probably safe to say that CJ Stroud is quickly becoming a fan favorite for NFL fans, and Houston Texans have to be feeling good knowing that they have a talented and well-put-together QB leading the way.
Meanwhile Megan Rapinoe has managed to make herself a fan… what’s the opposite of favorite?
I am so happy that Megan Rapinoe who MOCKED GOD after her injury is no longer representing TEAM USA!!!