After a 10-year drought, the San Francisco 49ers finally had a winning season and made it to the playoffs.
Much of their success is thanks to a top-ranked defense led by linebacker Patrick Willis. However, he doesn't buy into the hype.
Willis is one of the most dominant defensive players in the National Football League. When the offensive team calls a play, he's the guy they try to avoid.
As the 49ers advance to playoffs for the first time in a decade, Willis told CBN News he's not letting go to his head.
"I still respect those who played the game before me. I also know that I didn't get here by myself. I didn't do it on my own. I know that it's truly a blessing," he said.
"I feel like if it was the good Lord who put me here, it's the good Lord who blessed me to be able to do what I do. I don't want to brag and say, 'Oh yeah, its me. Oh, look at me. Here I am, da,da,da,' because just as he blessed you today it could be gone tomorrow," Willis added.
His grandmother was a big influence on his life. Through her, he learned about having a relationship with Jesus Christ.
"My grandmother, she always told us about faith and always like put us in church," Willis recalled.
"I'll never forget my Uncle Arthur was professional boxer. He would always tell me, 'Just always remember to give God all the praise, glory, and honor,'" he explained.
When Willis joined the San Francisco team five seasons ago, they were a losing team. But he never doubted that's where God wanted him to play.
He remembers the prayer he prayed just before the NFL draft.
"I said, 'Lord, you know I don't know where I'm going to go. I said I've done everything I could possibly do to put myself in the best situation. Wherever you bless me to go, that's where I'm going to play the best football I can possibly play,'" Willis told CBN News. "I said, 'Whatever happens on this day, its your will.'"
The 49ers face their first playoff game this weekend and no matter the outcome, Willis' No.1 goal is to glorify God.
"I just go out there and I always pray. I say, 'Lord, I don't know what today's game is going to be like, but I pray that you bless me to go out here and play for you. Be a soldier for your army, go out here and lead this team the way you want me to lead it,'" he said.
"So each time I play, I don't want to go out there and tell people I'm playing for the Lord today. I just want them to see it and know that. , whether good, bad, or indifferent, I'm playing for the Lord," Willis added.