Judging by this recent interview, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy was likely one of those people that Stroud heard from. Purdy, A.K.A. “Mr. Irrelevant,” helped lead his team all the way to the Super Bowl, where they will now face off against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Ahead of the “Big Game,” Purdy was asked during media availability about his faith, and whether or not there was any biblical scripture that had helped him get through this season. It was almost as if Brock had been waiting for someone to ask him that question:
“Yeah, this year for me, its been Psalm 23. ‘The Lord is my Shepherd. I have what I need. He lets me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside quiet waters.’ Then it goes on…”
“Mr. Irrelevant” (we have to drop that nickname if he wins a Super Bowl) went on to say that staying grounded in his faith helps him perform at a high level, and keeps him focused on things that are more important:
“Playing this game, playing this sport, there’s a lot that goes into it. And you can… it’s easy to get wrapped up in wanting to be loved.
Obviously by your teammates and everybody, but like the world. So for me, in that passage, it’s talking about (how) I already have what I need from the Good Shepherd in Jesus.”
Simple as that, really.
Purdy has apparently read Psalm 23 every single day of the season, and says he sees it as the perfect way to start his daily routine:
“So I’ve just been studying Psalm 23 throughout the whole season and then going back to it. It’s what I start off with every single day. I just read off Psalm 23 to myself before I start, start off with some solitude, and then I go about my day.”
After he finished talking about the scripture that has really grounded him throughout this season, Purdy went on to talk about how both he and his father pray extensively during games.
He clarified that he never prays to simply “win,” but instead asks to be blessed with guidance:
“It’s more just to have that peace, that steadfastness in all the chaos. That’s really what it is.”