Wide receiver Brandin Cooks might have played for the New England Patriots last year, but this year, he's squaring off against them as a Los Angeles Rams player.
Though he might have changed teams, one thing isn't any different: His commitment to his faith and to Jesus Christ, his savior.
The Los Angeles Rams will play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII on Sunday in Atlanta.
What did he say?
During a recent interview with sports reporter and ESPN producer Jason Romano, Cooks — who will play the second of two consecutive Super Bowls on Sunday — said that it's his faith that put him in such a unique and special position today.
Cooks expressed his gratitude for being able to play for the NFL, and added that God's grace is nothing short of amazing.
"First of all, I'm just blessed and fortunate to play this game," Cooks said. "And [God has] given me such an amazing gift to play at a high level, to be on this platform. And at the end of the day, you talk about where I've come from, where He's brought me from.
"You know," he added, "we're all born sinners, and still not perfect, but His grace is unbelievable. And I rest in that as much as I can."
The wide receiver explained that God's plan and His grace is "the most important thing in life."
"We're never going to be perfect, but that's why Jesus died on the cross for us — to die for our sins and wash us clean with His blood," he said.
"I try to give Him all the glory that I can because He's given me such a special gift," Cooks said.
He also explained that changing teams from being a New England Patriot for the 2017 NFL season — to becoming a Los Angeles Ram for the 2018 season — hasn't been a big ordeal because of his calling from God.
"It wasn't really an adjustment because the Spirit is going to follow you wherever you go," he said. "No matter what's going on, you always find your quiet time with God … because He can't get lost in the shuffle.
"We're never going to be perfect, but that's why Jesus died on the cross." It was great chatting today with… https://t.co/bglYaB6j1Z— Jason Romano (@Jason Romano)1548978061.0