C.J. Stroud, is an American football quarterback currently playing for the Houston Texans in the National Football League (NFL). He made a name for himself at Ohio State, setting numerous school records, including the highest passing yards in a single game (573) and becoming the first player to achieve six touchdowns in a game on three occasions. Stroud was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy in both 2021 and 2022. He was notably picked as the second overall selection by the Texans in the 2023 NFL Draft.
Age- 22 years)
Height- 1.9 m
Weight- 99 kg
Full name- Coleridge Bernard “C.J.” Stroud IV
Born- 3 October 2001
Birth place- Rancho Cucamonga, California, United States
Profession- American football quarterback
Current team: Houston Texans (#7 / Quarterback)
C.J. Stroud Born on October 3, 2001, Stroud is the child of Coleridge and Kimberly Stroud. He has two older brothers and one older sister and follows the Christian faith. In 2023, his father is serving time at Folsom State Prison near Sacramento. His family faced significant financial hardship due to the incarceration, leading them to live in a small apartment above a storage facility while Stroud attended Rancho Cucamonga High School.
C.J. Stroud is not in a relationship and is currently single. He keeps his personal life private.
In his true freshman year at Ohio State, Stroud redshirted and served as a backup to Justin Fields, playing only one snap and scoring a 48-yard rushing touchdown in 2020.
In the 2021 season, Stroud emerged as the starting quarterback following Fields’ departure to the NFL. He earned the position due to his decision-making, leadership, and accuracy, as cited by Coach Ryan Day. Stroud started all games except one, where he rested a shoulder injury. Throughout the season, he received numerous accolades, including first-team All-Big Ten honors, Big Ten quarterback of the year, and six Big Ten Freshman of the Week awards. He was also a finalist for the Davey O’Brien Award and the Heisman Trophy. Stroud led Ohio State to a 10–2 regular season, with notable victories and a record-breaking performance at the Rose Bowl, where he threw for 573 yards and six touchdowns, securing a win against Utah. He finished fourth in Heisman Trophy voting.
In the 2022 season, Stroud continued his impressive performance, setting records and becoming one of college football’s standout players. He threw six touchdowns against Michigan State, establishing a conference record for most six-passing touchdown games in a career and moved to second place on Ohio State’s career passing touchdowns list. Despite a loss to Michigan, Ohio State was selected for the College Football Playoff. In the Peach Bowl semifinal against Georgia, Stroud threw for 348 yards and four touchdowns, but Ohio State narrowly lost 42–41. He finished third in Heisman Trophy voting behind Caleb Williams from USC and Max Duggan from TCU. On January 16, 2023, Stroud announced his decision to forgo his remaining college eligibility and enter the 2023 NFL Draft.
C.J. Stroud was chosen as the second overall pick by the Houston Texans in the 2023 NFL Draft on April 27, making him the highest drafted quarterback in Ohio State’s history.
In his NFL debut on September 10, 2023, against the Baltimore Ravens, Stroud threw for 242 yards in a 25–9 loss. The following week, facing the Indianapolis Colts, he scored his first two NFL touchdowns, one to Nico Collins and the other to Tank Dell, totaling 384 passing yards in a 20–31 loss. Stroud’s 384 yards marked the second-highest by a Texans rookie quarterback in a single game. In week three, against the Jacksonville Jaguars, he completed 20-of-30 passes for 280 yards with two touchdowns, contributing to the Texans’ 37–17 victory. Stroud’s impressive performance in his first three games earned him the title of Offensive Rookie of the Month for September, with 906 yards, four touchdowns, and no interceptions.
During week five, Stroud set an NFL record for the most pass attempts without an interception at 177, surpassing the previous mark held by Dak Prescott. The streak ended in week six against the New Orleans Saints at 191 attempts. In week eight, Stroud faced fellow top draft pick Bryce Young for the first time, resulting in a defensive battle won by Young’s team, 15-13. On November 5, 2023, Stroud made history by breaking the single-game touchdown record for a rookie quarterback, previously set by Andrew Luck in 2012. He threw for 470 yards and five touchdowns in a thrilling 39-37 comeback victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Net Worth 2023
As of 2023, C.J. Stroud’s net worth stands at $8 million.
C.J. Stroud ‘s Heroics Lead Texans to Victory
With only 46 seconds remaining in the Houston Texans’ game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, quarterback C.J. Stroud took charge with two timeouts left and a daunting 75 yards ahead. Stroud had a clear message for his offensive line.
“If you give me a little bit of time, I will make them pay,” Stroud said.
Six plays later, Stroud made a triumphant move by throwing a game-winning, 15-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Tank Dell, giving the Texans a 39-37 lead with a mere six seconds left on the clock. This remarkable touchdown pass marked the latest go-ahead moment in the Texans’ team history.
Stroud’s exceptional performance on the final drive set a rookie record for passing yards, totaling 470 yards. He surpassed Andrew Luck’s previous record of 433 yards, achieving this feat with five touchdowns and no interceptions.
“C.J. is different. He told us to stay poised and be ready, and he executed,” Dell, who finished with two touchdowns and 114 yards, said. “He didn’t panic. But we knew that out of him, and that’s what he do.”
Stroud’s final drive not only secured his place in the record books but also marked several significant achievements. He joined an elite group of players as the sixth in NFL history to amass 450 passing yards and five passing touchdowns without throwing any interceptions. Additionally, he made history as the first rookie to achieve 400 passing yards with five touchdowns and zero interceptions in a single game.
“It makes it easy on everybody. No cap, that boy is a problem,” left guard Tytus Howard told ESPN. “He’s special. And to be doing all this as a rookie, the sky’s the limit for him. We just got to do our job, keep giving time, and we know he’s going to deal.”
Stroud ended the day with the highest passing yards in a single game this season. Prior to the game-winning drive, there was a risk that Stroud’s outstanding performance might have been overshadowed, given his stats of four touchdowns and 395 yards.