Kupp caught a pair of touchdown passes from quarterback Matthew Stafford, including the game-winning score with 1:25 left to play in the game. The one-yard score capped a spectacular year for Kupp, who was named the NFL’s offensive player of the year earlier this week…
Kupp caught eight passes for 92 yards over the course of the game and he also ran for a key first down on a fourth down on the final drive of the game. The only blemish was a poor throw to Stafford on a Philly Special-type play on a third down in the third quarter, but he came up big late in the fourth quarter with Odell Beckham injured and the Rams in need of that kind of performance.
Kupp has been open about his faith throughout this season.
“I think the thing that He has taught me is that you will find that you are most fulfilled, you will find the most joy, when you are rooted in your purpose, and specifically rooted in His purpose for you. That, to me, has been one of the best things about this year,” Kupp told Sports Spectrum.
“My motivation coming in every single day is to run the race in such a way as to honor God and the passions and the talents that He’s given me,” Kupp said. “When I’m rooted in that, I am in a great place. I am able to play freely.”
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When asked about the pressure of performing in the NFL from fans and coaches, Kupp pointed to his faith in God.
“Today, the verse that was on my mind was, ‘The heart of man chooses his path but the Lord establishes his steps’,” Kupp told reporters, quoting bits of Proverbs 16. “It just gave me so much freedom to go out there and play free, give everything I had and know the results rested in Him.
“It really came down to playing free, playing this game. We have this passion, this belief, this gift that we’ve been given and I just feel like as a group of guys going out there, we were able to play free,” he continued.
Kupp said he relies on his faith in both success and hardship. In 2018, Kupp suffered a torn ACL which sidelined the wide receiver for the season.
“I needed God,” Kupp told CBN in 2019. “I needed to trust in what my faith was. Just my wife and son, being able to push me through this, teammates, the coaching staff, training staff, strength staff. I just had a team around me that encouraged me. It really showed me how important it was to have the people that God has really placed in my life.”
Kupp said that while he is grateful for the support from others, his ultimate source of hope and strength comes from God.
“At the very basic levels of my life – as a husband, as a father, as a football player, knowing how much of a failure I am at these things, if it wasn’t for my faith, if it wasn’t for knowing that Christ has told me who I am in His eyes and know that how far short, I fall in all these things, that He’s bridged every gap and that He’s called me to even greater things,” he said.
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