How New Orleans Linebacker Demario Davis Relies on the ‘Peace’ That Comes from God

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How New Orleans Linebacker Demario Davis Relies on the ‘Peace’ That Comes from God

By Movieguide® Staff

For the New Orleans Saints linebacker Demario Davis, the early parts of his career were marked by losing teams.

In 2014, Davis went 4-12 with the New York Jets. In 2016, Davis and the Cleveland Browns only managed one win all season, finishing 1-15.

Even after Davis moved the Saints, the 2021 season had glimpses of his previous losing teams when they went on a 5-game losing streak.

However, Davis—outspoken about his Christian faith—turned to prayer amid adversity on the field.

“I remember asking God, ‘Why am I going through this again?’ Because at least in my relationship with God, if I feel like I’m going through the same thing, there’s something I didn’t learn the first time,” he said on an episode of the Sports Spectrum podcast. “So was there something I didn’t learn in my year in Cleveland or something I didn’t learn in my years in New York?”

Davis said that the popular Serenity Prayer helped him learn a new lesson. The prayer partially reads: “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can and wisdom to know the difference.”

Now, with ten years of experience, and individual success, in the NFL, Davis continues to champion Christ, whether his team wins or loses.

“What He showed me was, ‘You kind of have two of the three. You have the courage to change the things you can control and you have the wisdom to know the difference, but you don’t have peace when things aren’t in your control, and we need to work on that,” Davis explained on the podcast. “And I was like, ‘Wow, here I am in a situation that’s outside my control (the losing streak) and I need to have peace and faith in You. Really there’s nothing I can do. I’m playing as best as I can play; I feel like I’m leading the defense as best I can. But there’s injuries going on, there’s front-office decisions — things that are outside my control, that I can do nothing about — when I felt like we were going to have a great season.’ And I was like, ‘OK, I can feel the anxiety that’s there.’”

The Covid-19 pandemic would put that new realization about himself to the test after protocols forced Davis to miss a game.

“When I say the word ‘peace,’ it was almost like God just gave me the revelation in that moment. He was like, ‘I want you to go back seven weeks and remember when something wasn’t in your control, how little peace you had. And here you are in this moment, when it is all the way outside your control, and look how much peace you have. You prayed for Me to do a work in your heart, now look at your heart. You didn’t even realize how much peace you had,’” he recalled. “And then the magnitude of everything [just hit me]. Like, I played my entire career and never missed a game, and I’m missing a game when I [don’t feel sick] because of a COVID policy. And literally the game is coming and I can’t do anything to help my teammates — knowing I’m the leader, and knowing I lead the chant for the [pregame] huddle and all these things. It’s like, ‘This is crazy outside my control, and I have peace.’”

“This is God showing me the work He’s able to do inside your heart. And at that point I was really good. It was just a moment with God where I was like, ‘Wow, God. You did a work in my heart that required no work on my part, except just faith and obedience,” he added.

Movieguide® previously reported on Davis’ faith during his daughter’s battle with cancer:

New Orleans Saints linebacker Demario Davis is praising God after his baby daughter Carly-Faith was completely healed of cancer.

“We always want to turn adversity into something positive,” Davis said. “And that’s what we want to do is use our platform to bring more awareness. Carly-Faith, she’s doing amazing, 100% healthy, and just praising God for that.”

Carly-Faith was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer about five months ago. Earlier in November, doctors conducted a blood test for a genetic form of retinoblastoma and a tumor tissue test. Both were negative.

“She’s not at risk for any other cancers. She’s officially fully cancer-free,” Davis’ wife, Tamela Gill Davis, told NOLA.com.

Tamela said Carly-Faith will no longer undergo procedures where she’s placed under anesthesia, nor does she need any more MRIs.

“We’re excited, grateful, and just at peace,” Tamela said.