NFL rookie sensation C.J. Stroud is performing at an MVP level, and after another comeback win against the Cincinnati Bengals, he’s entering the NFL MVP conversation. However, instead of discussing his MVP candidacy, Stroud wants to focus on something else: G.O.D.
“For me, it’s a lot of prayer,” Stroud explained. “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. So I think that’s where it comes from. I think God made me like that.
“I’ve been through a lot. Not only in football but things that made me kind of chill when everything is going crazy. And I thank God for putting that (in) me because that’s something that you need playing in this position — is lead. That defense over there, they didn’t blink even though they were giving up big plays. They knew it would come down to the wire — we knew that too.”
Stroud informed head coach DeMeco Ryans that he was determined to secure a victory in the game, and the coach had faith in him to deliver.
The Ohio State standout is open about the role of his religion and faith in his life. He leans on his faith to cope with the absence of his father, who is currently incarcerated with a lengthy sentence. Stroud finds solace in prayers as he navigates the challenges of his father not being present at his games.
Despite his father’s current situation, Stroud maintains hope that, one day, his dad will have the opportunity to witness him play.
Wishing Stroud continued success in his outstanding rookie season, and may his faith guide him to even greater achievements.