Pressure is a Privilege

Nov 26, 2023

CJ Stroud is one of the most promising young quarterbacks in the NFL this season. He has shown remarkable poise and confidence in leading his team to several big victories this season, which is a huge accomplishment for a starting rookie QB. On top of that, the Houston Texans took on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in week 9 and Stroud made history. Stroud had an incredible game where he shattered the previous rookie record for passing yards. CJ finished the game with 470 passing yards, 5 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions!! That is crazy when you think about it! Even better, he joined five other quarterbacks to throw 5 touchdown passes in a game. He is on track to break even more rookie records this season. It is safe to say that he is having a historical rookie season in the NFL.

With all of that success and record breaking comes....pressure. Think about it, when you are breaking records, riding a win streak, or killing stat lines, pressure starts building up. Pressure to continue winning, pressure to break another record, pressure to improve your stats. Adding to the pressure are expectations that you have for yourself, and expectations that others (parents, coaches, teammates, fans) have for you. It can be a lot to manage. We all deal with pressure in our sport regardless of what level we are competing at. 

In a recent press conference, Stroud was asked about playing with pressure, here was his response:

“I think people are depending on me, and I love that responsibility,” Stroud said in his postgame press conference on Sunday. “‘E’ (Everet Greelings-Texans Football Communications Manager) was just talking to me about how pressure is a privilege. A lot of people don’t get to live the life I do. It’s hard. Don’t get me wrong, it’s hard, but it’s a privilege. I’m blessed enough to wake up every day to walk, to talk, to smell, to interact with people, to play football.”

"Pressure is a privilege". Think about that quote for a minute. Pressure is scary, it can be unmanageable at times, yet Stroud is saying that it is a "privilege". Stroud goes on to say that he focuses on "fighting" for his team, trusting his team and in turn his team trusting him to get the job done. He enjoys feeling the pressure because he sees it as a privilege, an opportunity to rise to the occasion.

So, the next time you can feel the pressure mounting, or expectations are high for yourself, think about how it's a privilege to be in that position. Instead of looking at it negatively, look at it positively and go out there and do what you need to do! Rise to the occasion, embrace the pressure!


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