San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey credited his faith in Jesus and the Bible for getting him through the ups and downs in life.
In his first full season as a 49er, McCaffrey ran for 1,459 yards and scored a total of 21 touchdowns, breaking NFL Hall of Famer Jerry Rice’s record for most single-season touchdowns in franchise history. McCaffrey also tied Hall of Famer Lenny Moore’s record of scoring a touchdown in 17 consecutive games—a record that Moore has held since the 1963-64 season.
McCaffrey helped lead the 49ers to the Super Bowl to face the Kansas City Chiefs with wins over the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions.
McCaffrey told Sports Spectrum during opening night at Super Bowl LVIII that his faith “means everything to” him.
“I think my faith has gotten me where I am in life and through all the ups and downs when I rely on God. Anytime I’m having a tough day or having a bad time in my life, I just get back to getting into the Word and it’s got all the answers,” he said. “So it’s the most important thing in my life and it’s something that I know I’ll always have to lean back on and to make a priority.”
Growing up, the star running back attended a Christian school in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, where he led his team to State Championships.
One of McCaffrey’s former teachers told Sports Spectrum that he appreciates seeing McCaffrey “achieve success on the field, but more importantly, I love seeing him continue to pursue and grow in his faith, use his gifts and abilities to honor our Creator, and develop into the fine young man and soon-to-be husband that he is today.
“To me personally, that’s more meaningful than any accolade or championship he’s a part of,” he added.
During McCaffrey’s touchdown streak this season, the All-Pro running back shared that he prays a lot while he’s on the field.
“My faith is very important to me, and that’s why I’m praying all the time,” he said. “When you have a bunch of people chanting your name, it’s important that you give the honor and glory back to the person, God, that’s allowing me to do this.”
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