In a stunning and historic victory, Houston Texans quarterback C.J. Stroud was named The Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year at the prestigious 2023 NFL Honors in Las Vegas, marking him as the first Texans signal-caller to take home this prestigious award. This is a monumental achievement, especially considering the franchise’s tumultuous history with drafting quarterbacks.
Let’s not forget that the Texans have had a rough time when it comes to picking the right quarterback. Just look at David Carr, their first-ever pick at the No. 1 slot of the 2002 draft. He was a bust, to say the least. But C.J. Stroud, the No. 2 draft pick in 2023, has risen above the shadow of the past and has become a true leader on and off the field with the stats to back it up.
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— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) February 9, 2024
According to NFL.com, Stroud dominated the voting with an overwhelming 48 of the 50 first-place votes, earning himself 246 points from the esteemed panel of voters. This put him ahead of Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Puka Nacua with 154 points and two first-place votes, as well as Detroit Lions tight end Sam LaPorta, who earned 40 points. It’s clear that Stroud’s performance spoke for itself, and his numbers don’t lie.
The 22-year-old quarterback led the NFL with an impressive 23-5 pass TD-INT ratio, making him the youngest player in NFL history to do so. He also became the first rookie to lead the NFL in interception percentage (1.0) since Paul Governali with the 1946 [Boston] Yanks. That’s an astounding accomplishment for someone in their debut season in the big leagues.
Moreover, Stroud made history by leading the Texans to a division title, a feat not achieved by a rookie QB since the Dallas Cowboys’ Dak Prescott in 2016. He even made history as the only rookie in the modern NFL era to lead a team from worst to first in its division, a monumental achievement that solidifies his place as a rising star in the NFL.
But Stroud’s magic wasn’t just limited to the regular season. In the playoffs, he showed the league that his skills were no fluke. He dismantled a formidable Cleveland Browns defense in a spectacular 45-14 wild-card victory before bowing out to the top-seeded Baltimore Ravens. This just goes to show that Stroud is the real deal, even under the intense pressure of the playoffs.
One thing that sets Stroud apart from many other players in the league is his unwavering faith. In his stirring acceptance speech, the quarterback expressed his gratitude to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, as well as to his family and the organizations in Houston and at Ohio State University.
This isn’t the first time Stroud has publicly acknowledged his faith. After the Texans beat the Indianapolis Colts to secure a playoff spot, he thanked Jesus Christ and displayed the wristband he wears, bearing the words “To the Glory of God” and his favorite Bible verse, Proverbs 3:5-6. He has consistently used his platform to give glory to God and inspire others to trust their goals and dreams.
However, it’s clear that not everyone is excited about Stroud’s open display of faith. After the Texans’ playoff victory over the Browns, NBC edited out Stroud’s references to God during an interview, a move that doesn’t seem unintentional at all. In a society where faith is often viewed as a detriment and secular values are exalted, Stroud’s steadfastness in his faith is nothing short of courageous and should be celebrated.
C.J. Stroud’s remarkable achievements and unyielding faith make him an inspiration on and off the field. His story serves as a reminder that in a world that often seeks to suppress or diminish faith, there are those who courageously stand firm in their beliefs. It’s a testament to his character and dedication, and he deserves all the support and recognition for his remarkable accomplishments.
So, keep shining, C.J. Stroud. Keep breaking records and standing firm in your faith. You are a true role model for aspiring young athletes and a beacon of hope in a world that desperately needs it. And for those who seek to silence your faith, they’ll find that nothing can dim your light.
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