How Proverbs 16 Guides LA Rams Breakout Star Cooper Kupp
By Movieguide® Staff
Breakout receiver for the Los Angeles Rams, Cooper Kupp, revealed that his motivation comes from loyalty to his teammates and faith in God.
Drafted in 2017 by the Rams, Kupp already became the first player in the team’s history to reach 100 yards and a touchdown in just the first two games of the season.
The team defeated the Indianapolis Colts 27-24 off Kupp’s 163 yards and two touchdowns.
“I have a belief in myself and what I can do. I trust in what coach believes in me, what the guys in the receiving room trust that I’ll be able to do,” he said in a post-game press conference. “They’re trusting me to be able to play for them and make sure that I’m executing my job. I want to execute my job to the best of my ability and just prepare myself to be able to do that.”
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.
Sitting on a 2-0 start, Kupp and the Rams look to continue their hot streak in their next game against the defending Super Bowl champs, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.