NFL Draft 2021: 49ers Draft North Dakota’s Trey Lance with Number Three Pick

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Cleveland, OH – After two decades since the Joe Montana and Steve Young era, the San Francisco 49ers have found their generational talent at the quarterback position when they drafted Trey Lance from North Dakota State University with the 3rd overall pick in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft.

Minutes before Lance was selected the leadership of the San Francisco 49ers called him to inform him he would be selected with the 3rd pick.

Concerning Lance’s football accomplishments and awards during the 2019 season Sports Illustrated Greg Bishop noted, “Lance stepped from that gridiron internship into the starting lineup in 2019. The Bison opened against Butler, at Target Field in Minneapolis, and their new starter scored six times (four passing, two rushing), portending the year ahead. NDSU would play 16 games and win them all, national title tilt included. Lance would complete 66.9% of his passes while throwing for 2,786 yards and 28 touchdowns—he didn’t throw an interception on the season. He ran for an additional 1,100 yards and 14 scores. His yardage total set a school record, and his 287 attempts without a pick exceeded any tally at all levels of college football. He became the first FCS-level player to win the Walter Payton Award—the FCS version of the Heisman—and the Jerry Rice Award, given to the top freshman, in the same year. The Bison became the first team to win 16 games and lose none at any level since Yale’s famed 1894 squad.”

While NFL pundits have raved about his physical size and limitless abilities and upside, what Lance possesses on the inside is far more important and the very reason he was drafted as the 3rd overall pick in the Draft.

Trey Lance has a solid fellowship and relationship with his Savior Jesus Christ.

It is because of his faith in God Lance can become an all-time NFL great. At 20 years of age he displays an extremely rare spiritual maturity as evidenced by his leading virtual bible studies and numerous posts on social media.


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How Trey Lance has been impacted by his relationship with Jesus can be heard after a Saturday game when Lance humbly deflected praise and told Yahoo Sports, “I don’t think it’s about me. I struggle with everyone calling this a showcase game. That was never the intention of our coaching staff. That’s not what they’re about, and not what I’m about.”

In high school, Lance was a leader in his local chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

“[Lance’s] identity is not being a football player,” Southwest Minn. FCA staff member Robin Knudson told Yahoo. “It comes from something greater. That helps him stay grounded.”

So what does Trey Lance and his promotion to the 3rd pick of the draft and soon to follow multi-million dollar contract tell fellow adults and young people alike? It tells us that promotion comes from the Lord and our promotion to a consecrated, blessed, long life with riches and honor is directly tied to our obedience to God and His Word.

Trey’s journey continues. Many times when we say this we say someone’s journey is just beginning. But that’s not the case with Lance. His journey is continuing because he made the mature decision to honor God with his life and now everyone is seeing the fruit that he is reaping. Lance is blessed because he has fully submitted his life to God. Let’s all pray for him. Let’s all pray for one another. Let’s all put God first place in our lives.

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