Texans CJ Stroud After Strong Rookie Season: ‘Nothing I Can Do to Repay What the Lord Has Done in My Life’

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Houston Texans quarterback C.J. Stroud reflected on his strong rookie season during a press conference on Monday in which he credited God for his accomplishments.

Stroud first recalled the many players who came up to him during and after games to thank him for publicly speaking of Jesus and God.

“It’s not me,” said Stroud. “It’s him. There’s nothing I can do to ever repay what the Lord has done in my life. I don’t want to. I just want to act in what he’s called me to do. I’m not perfect. I make mistakes. Everyday. But at the same time, I know the God that I serve is a forgiving and graceful God.”

Stroud added that there’s “a lot of us out here, too, that love the Lord.”


Stroud’s comments come shortly after he opened up about his faith following his team’s playoff loss to the Baltimore Ravens over the weekend.

During a postgame press conference, Stroud said he leans on God through “thick and thin.”

“It’s what I lean on through thick and thin,” Stroud told reporters. “I know I’m upset right now, but I’m really just blessed looking back on this year, this opportunity we had today to play in front of millions of people. I’m just really grateful to God on all the opportunities He’s blessed me with.

“I’m just gonna lean on Him, and I know that this isn’t the end for me,” he continued. “It’s a lot of more football for me to play, and I’m just excited for that. And I’m super blessed with the guys who I lined up with every week this year. And I’m just really thankful to God on how much he’s brought me from – I can go all the way to when I was a kid to college to Week 1 to now. I’ve grown as a person and as a man of God in a lot of different ways. I’m just really blessed for that.”

Stroud has been open about his faith in God since last year when his name was floated as MVP.

Stroud of the Houston Texans celebrates after a score against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at NRG Stadium on November 5, 2023 in...

C.J. Stroud #7 of the Houston Texans celebrates after a score against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at NRG Stadium on November 5, 2023, in Houston, Texas. (Cooper Neill/Getty Images)

“For me, it’s a lot of prayer,” Stroud said. “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,” he added.

Stroud also previously told Fox News in February last year that God gave him a foundation through his ups and downs.

“It’s what’s kept me grounded even through my season,” he said. “Football has a lot of ups and downs, it has a lot of twists and turns, but at the end of the day, it’s all about your foundation. And something that’s set my foundation is my faith.”

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