God Glorified at Super Bowl Breakfast through Demario Davis and Benjamin Watson
By Movieguide® Staff
On the Saturday of Super Bowl weekend, the NFL honored New Orleans Saints linebacker Demario Davis with the Bart Starr Award, awarded to a player who exhibits high character and service to their community.
Davis jumped on the opportunity to thank God in his acceptance speech at the Super Bowl Breakfast on Saturday. However, Davis noted that while the ‘thank you God’ part of the speech is often a cliche, it is the most crucial part and the focus of his life.
“I always hear when somebody wins an award they say ‘thank you’ to God, but I always wish they spent more time on that part,” Davis said. “I want to do that because I’m so grateful to Him.”
Davis then quoted Ephesians 2:4-5, which reads: “But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions — it is by grace you have been saved.”
“For me, when I look back on my life, I was dead in my transgressions — a kid who was expelled from high school, a kid who went to jail his freshman year in college,” Davis recalled. “I was headed down the wrong path fast.”
Although Davis was a prospect on the field while at Arkansas State University, it wasn’t until he began to build a relationship with the team chaplain, Chuck McElroy, that Davis found the ultimate hope for his future.
“He saved me from myself and he gave me a life. He also gave me purpose,” Davis said. “So for that, I am forever indebted to God. I will always live on mission for Him.”
Davis went on from college to become a star in his nine NFL seasons.
“We love winning, and we love serving our community,” Davis said. “The organization really supports its players and the work they want to do in the community.”
Saints quarterback Drew Brees congratulated Davis: “Honestly, I cannot think of anyone more deserving or someone that better represents what it is to be a teammate, to be a man, husband, father, and to be an incredible community leader. Man, you encompass and embody all of those things.”
Former Saints tight end Benjamin Watson, Hall of Fame coach Tony Dungy, Indianapolis Colts coach Frank Reich and television personality James Brown also attended the virtual event and discussed racial justice and faith.
At the heart of the conversation was a constant reminder of their faith in God.
“But what can I demonstrate? In some ways as Christians, we can still model the humility that Christ demonstrated. I believe that’s what the Bible calls us to demonstrate,” Reich said.
Dungy maintained that humility is the key: “And not just learn, but to be moved out of humility to action, to serve. To be humble is to serve others. In that way, we can follow Christ’s lead in this area of race and justice.”
Watson quoted scripture and noted the love that comes from Christ when we are born again.
“When we love, we act out of that love. In Romans, the Bible says that God demonstrated His own love for us in this, that when we were yet sinners, Christ died for us,” Watson said.
Watson also referenced John 3:16-17 and shared the Gospel with viewers.
“We’re in a situation where we need the blood of Christ to make us just before Him. It’s very simple: Through repentance and faith, and putting our faith and trust in what Jesus did on the cross, that’s how we get what the Bible calls eternal life,” Watson said.
“Eternal life is not just living in Heaven — that’s part of it — but the Bible says in John that eternal life starts now. Eternal life is knowing God and knowing Jesus, who He sent. He was fully God, He was fully man. He lived a perfect life, and because of that, He can take away the sin debt and pay the debt that we cannot pay,” Watson continued. “Not only that, the Bible says He rose again and right now He is seated at the right hand of the Father.”
Watson closed in prayer and again called for viewers to seek Christ.
“Now is a day of salvation,” Watson said, “by accepting through your belief and confession of your mouth in the Lord Jesus and what He did on the cross.”