As he prepares to face off in the biggest football competition of the year, New England Patriots running back Sony Michel said this week “none of this matters” when compared to God’s purpose for his life.
After speaking with Patriots character coach Jack Easterby, a Christian pastor, Sports Spectrum host Jason Romano asked Michel to share a little bit about his faith and what inspires him.
“Without Jesus Christ, without our Lord and Savior, there is none of this,” the athlete said. “We get all this glory, but the glory is really not for us; it’s for him. We do this for him. And that’s kind of my purpose, so really none of this really matters to me.”
Easterby often encourages the players to be “glory reflectors.” Asked by Romano what that means and why it’s important, Michel said, “Once I step out of the house, I want people to be able to see that God is working in my life. It’s not me working, it’s not me doing the things that I do. It’s him.”
“[God] gave me this platform so I would be able to make an impact and that’s what it’s all about — just reflecting him,” he added.
Over the past year, the rookie player said God has taught him the value of trusting in him and leaning on the wisdom and advice of other believers around him, on and off the field.
The Patriots will compete Sunday night against the Los Angeles Rams.