New York Jets linebacker Demario Davis believes that God has shown him that 2014 is going to be a special year for his team — one that is characterized by success and positive advances.
Davis, a Christian who regularly speaks openly about his faith, said that he believes the Lord has told him to rely on trust and belief in what's to come this season; he made similar claims last year, as the Christian Post reported.
In this Oct. 20, 2013, file photo, New England Patriots' Stevan Ridley (22) is tackled by New York Jets' DeMario Davis, center, and Antonio Cromartie (31) during the second half of an NFL football game in East Rutherford, N.J. Davis, only in his third NFL season, is considered one of the Jets' main leaders despite still being a youngster in the locker room. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
"It’s not like a conversation you have with him individually, but it’s things you see every day," the linebacker recently told Metro. Last year, it was Gideon, about having faith to step out and be a leader and trust in God that he will show up. Now the second part of it, and this is the most important part of the season right here: faith, trusting that this season will be special."
Davis continued, "The big thing that keeps coming is that, ‘This is the season, this is the season. Believe in it, have faith.’"
He said that the power of faith is monumentally important, but that belief must also be teamed with hard work and dedication.
"Everything is in faith and I have faith that everything that comes to my heart and spirit is from God," Davis said. "It’s not like you hear his voice in the sky; it’s a spirit thing. And the word I’m getting for us this year is 'believe.'"
Demario Davis #56 of the New York Jets on the sidelines against the New York Giants in an NFL preseason game at MetLife Stadium on August 22, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
The 25-year-old player is widely seen as a leader on the field and off, despite the fact that he's only in his third season, according to WCBS-TV.
"My faith is always going to be the most important aspect of my leadership. I was a leader off the field on this team before I was a leader on the field," he recently told the Associated Press. "I wanted my character to speak for me before I even stepped foot on the field. I wanted guys to know that I put God first, I put my family second and I put football third."
(H/T: Christian Post)