Q: When did decide to give your life to Christ?
A: I decided to give my life to Christ around the end of my junior year in college. I had a teammate named Chris Potter who always invited me to church and Bible studies. I would always tell him I’d go, but I never went. Later on, I ended up moving into his old place, once he got married to his wife, Whitney. Pastor Mark Francey, Chris and a few guys had a weekly Bible study at the house, so I finally joined. After that, Chris asked if we could keep the Bible study going at the house. I agreed to it and I just started to see God move in my life. Our Bible study ended up being huge with almost the whole team. I also joined the church. That was the year I gave my life to Christ
Q: How do you look to improve?
A: There are always ways to improve. Especially as a young adult, I face the same everyday battles a lot of athletes do. Lust, pride, and a bunch of other things. I just want to improve in my relationship and grow deeper in God. I have a plan going with my pastor right now, since I have more time this offseason. The plan is to help me with my growth.
Q: What do you struggle with?
A: I think mostly guarding my eyes. In today’s world, it is so easy to see everything at the press of a button. We get on Instagram and everyone is dang near naked, but I always make sure I don’t conform to the world. I always pray that God watches over what I see, and that I’m always slow to speak and slow to anger, but quick to listen. As I pray that everyday, it tends to help me.
Q: Who do you look up to?
A: I look up to a ton of people. Spiritually, I look up to my pastor, Mark Francey. My pastors in Florida, Rich Wilkerson SR and JR. My childhood pastors Virgie and Bill Globe. I think those people have always set the tone spiritually for me. I look up to my mom, dad and my big bro Tray as well. They always showed me how to work hard. I think athletic wise, Brent Grimes and Cortland Finnegan. They were good athletes, but knowing them personally, I got to see they were good family guys as well. I don’t know Revis or anyone to judge them off that, even though I look up to a guy like him as a player. Brent and Cortland set a great model of what I want to be on and off the field.
Q: Any trial that you would like to share?
A: I’ve been through a bunch of trials – from injuries to people getting killed. Recently, my biggest trial was playing in Miami. I got hurt my rookie year and never really connected with the coaches. Half of it was because I wasn’t healthy; then the other half was that I was so frustrated me and the coaches didn’t click. There was a lot of arguing and not seeing eye to eye a lot of the time. My pride killed me because once I was over it, I always spoke my mind. Those 3 years taught me about myself and about the NFL. I also learned about God, just being in a bad place and leaning on him for everything, he always showed me a little glimpse of what he would do in my life. When I got traded to Cleveland, it was the best thing in the world
Q: What advice would you give to young athletes?
A: I would tell young athletes to always have a strong foundation. If you believe in God, then let everything start with him. Make sure you spend time in the good book (Bible) and spend time praying. When things go good, pray! When things go bad, pray! Always remember Jeremiah 29:11 because God will always see you through. Also, work your butt off. The NFL stands for “Not For Long.” Staying focused and working on your craft is the biggest thing. Never fall into the trap that you belong, because the NFL only gets younger. It’s a day to day job, so you have to be the best everyday.
Q: Is there a motto or principle that you live by?
A: I live by Jeremiah 29:11 and “no excuses no explanations”… the verse is just to remind me God is always going to provide whatever He thinks is the best for my life. And the no excuse motto is something my coach used to say to me. I think it applies to life- just get the job done. No one wants to hear why you can or can’t. Just get it done with maximum effort.
Q: What would be your ultimate achievement?
A: My ultimate achievement would be to do whatever God put me on this earth to do. Whether it’s teach, be a great father, a great football player, or give back. Whatever it is, I just want to do it well and people to say I was a Man of God.