‘My Identity Comes From What God Says About Me’: Brad Davison After Wisconsin Exits NCAA Tournament

Photo from Brad Davison’s Instagram

‘My Identity Comes From What God Says About Me’: Brad Davison After Wisconsin Exits NCAA Tournament

By Movieguide® Staff

The University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team landed the No. 3 seed heading into the NCAA March Madness Tournament.

Led by senior guard Brad Davison, the Badgers were hopeful for a long run in this year’s tournament. However, amid a flurry of upsets by lower-ranked teams, Wisconsin fell in the round of 32 to Iowa State, 54-49.

Davison played a fifth year with the Badgers after the NCAA allowed players to return after a shortened season during COVID-19. But with Davison’s journey as Badger finally complete, he said that his identity rests in someone bigger than basketball.

“Being a Badger is a Privilege. For the last 5 Years I have been Blessed with the Opportunity of wearing this Jersey. Thank you for the Love and the Support!” he wrote on Instagram after the loss. “People are what make this Place Special. The Relationships and Memories we will have Forever ❤️ I have so much Love for This Program and for This University! I am not certain on what my Future Holds, but I do know the Author of my Story! Once a Badger, Always a Badger ❤️.”

In a video by YouVersion, Davison shared his outlook on basketball through the lens of his faith in Jesus Christ.

“Basketball is a gift from God to me but it’s not my full identity, my identity comes from scripture and my identity comes from what God says about me,” Davison said. “So I get to wake up each day and know that I am a child of God, child of the creator of the universe and it’s not because of anything that I’ve done or anything that I’ve achieved, [but] strictly because I have a God who loves me.

“As a basketball player playing at the highest level here at the University of Wisconsin, my identity or maybe what I’m judged by or how people see me is by how many points I score, how many shots I make, how many wins our team gets,” he added. “It’s very easy to fall into this trap of finding my self-worth and my self-value in those worldly identities.

“But again, because I know that I am a child of God, I get to wake up and remind myself and remember that I am redefined by the creator of the universe and that love that he has for me is unconditional. it’s not conditionally tied to the amount of points I score or the amount of wins that we get instead it is rooted in scripture, in truth, that says that we are worthy, valued, special possession, chosen, royal, beloved children of God.”

Davison said that because of his faith, the way he approaches the game looks different from others.

“Going into every game I don’t have to perform for approval, I don’t have to perform to try to be liked by everyone out there but I have the opportunity to reflect and glorify God by the way that I perform, yes, but also by the passion I play, with how I treat my teammates, how I treat opponents,” he said. “There’s always something bigger than the game because the game is not my identity, it’s just a gift from God.”