FLORHAM PARK Authentic Luke Falk Jersey , N.J. (AP) Demario Davis pulled into his driveway after another long day of practice and sat quietly in his car.
The veteran linebacker wondered how everything had gotten to this point.
It was around Week 10 of last season and Davis was in the middle of a rough and stressful year in Cleveland, with his body hurting and his mind searching for answers.Article continues below ...
So, he closed his eyes and prayed. Then, he began to cry.
”My body kind of felt sore in a lot of spots that had never been sore before,” Davis recalled during an interview with The Associated Press . ”I was just like, I’m kind of miserable and don’t want to go to practice – and I love to practice and love getting better – but it was like the drive just wasn’t there. I can’t keep playing this game if I don’t have the drive to be the best.
”I don’t want to just go to work and it’s just another day of going through the motions.”
The 28-year-old from Mississippi is a devout Christian and leans on his faith constantly. That driveway conversation with God was the moment that helped turn Davis from a man on the verge of being a worn-out and washed-up has-been to one of the NFL’s top inside linebackers this season in his return to the New York Jets.
”It was kind of like, that day, I surrendered,” Davis said. ”I mean, I just surrendered. God met me there. I could kind of feel like this huge weight was lifted off of me and it was almost like God said: `Thank you for finally surrendering. Now, I can take over and I can handle the rest.”’
Davis spent his first four NFL seasons with the Jets after being a third-round draft pick out of Arkansas State in 2012. He quickly established himself as a leader on and off the field, despite being in a locker room full of veterans.