Christian McCaffrey has become one of the NFL’s most prominent superstars.
A 3x First-Team ALL-Pro and the NFL record holder for most consecutive games with a touchdown (17), the 49ers star is a household name.
While many know the RB for his mind-blowing athleticism, explosive power, and cat-like agility, it’s his Christian faith that has played the biggest role in his career so far.
Christian McCaffrey on surrendering to God
In an interview with Church Leaders, McCaffrey said:
“My faith is very important to me, and that’s why I’m praying all the time.
“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.”
The pressures that come with being the face of an NFL franchise are undoubtedly huge.
In an interview with QC News, the 27-year-old explained how his faith brings peace when facing trials:
“When you have a ‘why,’ you can endure everything.
“I think when your faith is strong, when you understand what’s going on in your life … you just turn to God and surrender” he said.
“For me, that was the biggest weight off my back was that word — just keep telling myself, ‘Surrender.’ You’re not in control as much as you think you are, and that’s a gift.”
Christian McCaffrey’s touchdown celebration meaning
McCaffrey has one of the most iconic touchdown celebrations in the NFL.
After every score, the superstar RB beats his chest five times and points to the sky.
In a 2017 Q&A with the Carolina Panthers, he revealed why:
“I beat my chest five times and I point up to God. That’s what I stand on.
“That’s kind of what I started doing my sophomore season. All praise goes to Him.
“That’s just the kind of person I am. I’m a religious person. Every touchdown I score and before and after every single game, I just give it up to Him.”
You can watch McCaffrey’s touchdown celebration in action here:
Christian McCaffrey’s believing teammates
Being a Christian isn’t a solo journey and that’s no different in the NFL.
McCaffrey has been fortunate enough to play in teams alongside other believing stars.
None more so than 49ers QB Brock Purdy, who in an interview with Sports Spectrum talked about the importance of having solid believers alongside you as a Christian.
Purdy said: “I didn’t know what to expect going into a professional locker room, who’s a believer, who’s not or any of that stuff.
“I was very fortunate and blessed to have guys like Charlie Woerner, Christian McCaffrey, pastor Earl Smith, Oren Burks, these guys who are solid believers.
Purdy continued: “We’d meet before road games and just have our little Bible studies.
“But the biggest thing for me was, man, having fellowship.
“You’re in a crazy business, you’re on the road, you’re going to different places.
“But to have guys that believe in the Lord and can help you and pour into you with their experiences and everything, I found that huge.”
Christian McCaffrey’s faith-filled relationship
McCaffrey announed his engagement to former Miss Universe Olivia Culpo in April 2023.
It’s a relationship that’s “rooted in God”, as revealed by McCaffrey’s fiance in an interview with Fox News:
She said: “The foundation of our relationship has always been God.
“I feel like when things are hard or when you’re both overwhelmed [and] there’s not a ton that you can give to each other, you can always rely on God.
“So I feel like if the foundation is there, if there’s a foundation of that in any relationship, it is incredibly helpful.
“Sometimes you just need help with any relationship… That’s not only like with friendships. It’s with everything. I think it’s important to be faith-based, truly.”
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Christian McCaffrey’s faith on the world stage
Ahead of McCaffrey’s first ever Super Bowl appearance in 2024, the 49ers star was asked about why his faith in Christ is important to him.
The reigning offensive player of the year used his platform on the world stage to share his love for Jesus.
McCaffrey said: “It means everything to me.
“I think my faith has gotten me where I am in life and through the ups and downs I rely on God and any time I’m having a tough day, or having a bad time in my life, I just get back to getting in the word and it’s got all the answers.
“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 make a priority.”
McCaffrey also revealed his faith to the world after winning the 2023/24 NFL Offensive Player of the Year award.
The explosive RB started his acceptance speech by giving glory to god:
“First and foremost, I want to thank God, I feel so blessed to be standing up here right now.”
You can watch McCaffrey’s speech in full below:
Christian McCaffrey’s faith on social media
McCaffrey’s social media is filled with pointers to his faith.
In the majority of his Instagram posts, the All-Pro RB shares a bible verse with his 2m+ followers.
Recent examples include:
Job 42:2: “I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted”
Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.”
2 Timothy 1:7: “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control”
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