CJ Stroud led Ohio State to a college football playoff appearance and a Rose Bowl victory in the last two years as a college athlete before deciding to turn pro.

Stroud had an incredible two years as the team’s full-time starting quarterback. He had 8,123 passing yards, 85 touchdown passes and just 12 interceptions. He decided to enter the NFL Draft last month and is projected to be a top pick at the upcoming spring show.

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CJ Stroud attends SiriusXM’s Super Bowl LVII on February 10, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM)

In addition to being one of the best young quarterbacks in the nation, Stroud has managed to stay in the moment with the chaos that comes with being an NFL prospect. He told Fox News Digital that putting his faith first helped him do that.

«It’s what has kept me grounded even during my season,» he said. «Football has a lot of ups and downs, it has a lot of twists and turns, but at the end of the day, it’s about your foundation. And one thing that has laid my foundation is my faith. It’s something I’m not perfect at.» in, but I try to work every day to be better, and I definitely think that’s what saved me. If it helps encourage someone to help their lives, no matter what they’re going through, then I’m all for it.»

Stroud was one of the best players to navigate uncharted waters due to the prevalence of name, image and likeness in the NCAA.

CJ Stroud, #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes, reacts after a sack during the fourth quarter against the Georgia Bulldogs at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 31, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia.

CJ Stroud, #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes, reacts after a sack during the fourth quarter against the Georgia Bulldogs at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 31, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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The quarterback had NIL deals with Designer Shoe Warehouse and Value City Furniture, among others, according to On3 Sports. He offered some advice to those who will be going through the same thing once they reach the next level of their sports careers.

«I would just say, be yourself,» Stroud said. «Go through the process and don’t apologize. Really try to work as hard as you can and trust your parents, get good grades. And work as hard as you can and be the best player and person you can be.» off the field».

Stroud partnered with AutoTrader prior to his career turn and hopes to make his family members’ dreams of a new car come true.

Ohio State Buckeyes number 7 CJ Stroud warms up before the start of the third quarter against the Georgia Bulldogs at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 31, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Ohio State Buckeyes number 7 CJ Stroud warms up before the start of the third quarter against the Georgia Bulldogs at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 31, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

«There’s been a transition from college to the NFL, from being a college student to being a rookie,» Stroud explained to Fox News Digital. «I’m lucky to be in a position where I can try to get my mom or sister a car and just help them out.»

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Stroud said she’d like to buy her mum a Range Rover, but «I think she’ll be good with anything, anything that has four wheels and rolls.»