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Jags QB Gardner Minshew’s Motivation: Kept Plowing, Kept My Faith in God, Kept My Faith in My Family

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Michael Morris
By Michael Morris | September 20, 2019 | 11:38 AM EDT

Jacksonville Jaguars Quarterback Gardner Minshew (Screenshots)

Jacksonville Jaguars Quarterback Gardner Minshew led the Jags to a 20-7 victory over the Tennessee Titans on Thursday Night Football, and afterward discussed what kept him motivated throughout his football career, saying that he “kept plowing, kept my faith in God, kept my faith in my family.”

“Yeah, man. I’ll tell you, it all starts with the belief in yourself,” stated QB Gardner Minshew. “And you know,  you gotta have great people around you, so when you don’t believe it, they can pick  you up and help you keep going because there was times, man, where it got tough, where I didn’t have offers, I didn’t have, you know, choices, and I was kinda stuck. But man, I just kept plowing, kept my faith in God, kept my faith in my family, and we all got through it together.”

The rookie quarterback, known for his mustache, Gardner Minshew’s comments came in response to a question from NFL Network’s Steve Smith concerning Minshew’s football history, Smith asking Minshew, “Hey, Gardner. Tell— You have young men right now that have watched you play in three weeks, but they don’t know your story. You went the scenic route. You went to community college. Then you did this, you did that. Tell us, what kept you motivated to continue to follow your dreams to get you to today? Talk to them right now, those young kids who do not feel that they’re good enough.”

Gardner Minshew, according to NFL.com, “went to Northwest Mississippi Communtiy College out of high school, leading the team to a junior college national championship (223-367-60.8, 3,288 yards, 28 TD, five INT) with a big effort in the title game (421 yards, five TD). East Carolina signed him after that season, but he could not lock down the starting job at the start of either of his seasons there. Minshew stepped in for two games for injured Phillip Nelson in 2016 (119-202-58.9, 1,347 yards, eight TD, four INT in seven games) and in five games for an injured Thomas Sirk in 2017 (174-304-57.2, 2,140, 16 TD, seven INT in 10 games).” Minshew then received an offer from Washington State University (“WSU”) coach Mike Leach, after the passing of 2017 WSU QB Tyler Hilinski, which Minshew accepted, becoming “one of the top passers in college football in 2018, and … helping the Cougars win 11 games for the first time ever and winning the Pac-12 Offensive Players of the Year award.”

In the NFL game on Thursday night, Minshew completed 20 of 30 passes attempted (66.7%) for 204 yards(6.8 average) and two touchdowns with no interceptions, according to NFL.com stats. Minshew also carried the ball four times for 18 yards, averaging 4.5 yards per carry. He finished the night with a 108.2 passer rating.

In his three NFL games played, Gardner Minshew has completed 65 passes on 88 attempts (73.9%) for 692 yards (7.9 average) with five touchdowns and only one interception. His passer rating is 110.6.

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