NFL player fined for wearing ‘Man of God’ headband: The key to transformative courage

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New Orleans Saints linebacker Demario Davis wears a “Man of God” headband during an NFL game against the Los Angeles Rams on Sept. 15, 2019.

Arizona, Oakland, Green Bay, Buffalo, and Indianapolis all scored upset wins in yesterday’s pro football action. Baseball’s playoffs continue, hockey has started, and basketball is around the corner.

But an NFL game played on September 22 is on my mind this morning. When the New Orleans Saints played the Seattle Seahawks, Saints linebacker Demario Davis wore a headband matching the team’s colors bearing the words, “Man of God.” 

Here’s the problem: NFL rules prohibit players from displaying social, political, patriotic, memorial, or charitable messages during games. Even though his headband wasn’t visible beneath his helmet, Davis was fined $7,017 for a first-offense uniform violation. 

Davis sees the fine as a positive: “Nobody wants to lose money, but I think any time that the conversation about God is brought up, especially in these times, I think it’s always a positive or silver lining. If He can get glory from it, I think He can get glory from it whether I personally wear the headband or don’t wear the headband. He’s always going to be in control of the whole situation. We’re still all good.” 

In fact, Davis plans to market the headbands and donate the proceeds to charity or to a Christian organization. “I’m hoping to put it out where fans can wear it,” he said, “and I can wear it through them.” 

“I’ve never been hesitant with my faith.” 

I’ve often said that God redeems all he allows. If the NFL had not fined Demario Davis for his “Man of God” headband, we would probably not be talking about his faith today. 

For Davis, such redemption is his life story. He has made his priorities clear: “I put God first, I put my family second and I put football third.” 

Growing up in Mississippi, Davis says he got into some trouble and got…

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