Quarterback Brock Purdy has led the 49ers to the team’s sixth appearance in the Super Bowl. He’s turning heads for his incredible success on the field in such a short amount of time—and for his outspoken and deep faith in God.
“Holy Spirit, take over and lead me here in this moment,” Purdy often prays during the chaos on the football field.
Brock Purdy Relies on Psalm 23 and Prayer—But Not in the Way You Might Think
In the 2022 NFL Draft, Purdy was chosen last—giving him the nickname of “Mr. Irrelevant.” But that didn’t stop this young athlete from quickly proving himself and his incredible ability on the field.
Purdy shared, “Getting drafted last, people overlook you…and then all you need is an opportunity and watch and see what [God] does. I put my faith and trust in him, and he’s gotten me where I’m at.”
In the 2022-23 season, Purdy served as the third-string quarterback and started five games after Trey Lance and Jimmy Garoppolo were both injured.
The 49ers staff quickly made some changes and listed Purdy as the starting quarterback for the 2023-24 season. Purdy took his team through an incredible 12-5 season and through to the final round of playoffs.
In a recent interview with Sports Spectrum, Purdy spoke about meaningful Scriptures that have helped guide him this year.
Purdy mentioned “Psalm 23” and briefly paraphrased the passage: “The Lord is my Shepherd. I have what I need. He lets me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside quiet waters.”
As Purdy has studied the same passage throughout a successful football season, he’s taken the time to reflect on truths. “Playing this game, playing this sport—there’s a lot that goes into it,” the NFL player said.
“It’s easy to get wrapped up in wanting to be loved by your teammates and everybody,” Purdy said, further explaining the temptation, as a successful NFL player, to be loved by “the world.”
The passage is meaningful to Purdy because it reminds him of foundational truths. He shared, “I already have what I need from the Good Shepherd in Jesus.”