Born in San Antonio during the summer of 1985, new Giants safety Quintin Demps says his mother always told him he was destined to play football from the moment he was born. But he lives his life for far more than his accomplishments on the gridiron.
Though Demps has carved himself a comfortable niche within the NFL, the 28-year-old defensive back is using his position in the spotlight as a platform for his Lord and Savior.
“I don’t see how players can play without faith in God,” Demps said. “With the trials and tribulations that you go through [as an NFL player], your faith always has to remain strong.”
He has spent seven seasons in the league since being selected in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. Since that time, he has suited up with two other NFL teams (the Houston Texans and Kansas City Chiefs) and signed a one-year deal to join his fourth team (the Giants) this season. A stint with the now-on-hiatus UFL’s Hartford Colonials in 2010 helped him realize the need to prepare for life after football, even if his professional career was not over just yet.
Growing up in a Christian home built on the foundation of God, Demps has founded his own record label, Purpose By Faith, in hopes of inspiring and uplifting young people.
“I wanted to do something I was passionate about,” he said. “I wanted to focus on that and I feel like part of my purpose of why I’m here is just to really help young people not make some of the same mistakes I did … just to give hope to let somebody know that despite your circumstances you can make it out.”
Though Demps admits the record label is still very much in the beginning stages, he’s working hard to get it off the ground. Purpose By Faith does not yet have any other artists signed, but Demps is expected to release a mixtape of his own sometime this year.
Through his music, “Q” shares his testimony as a Christian deeply rooted in Jesus Christ with two hip-hop tracks featured on the label’s web site. He stressed, however, that Purpose By Faith is not just a rap label (as the label’s Twitter, Facebook and Soundcloud pages also declare), and that he is seeking to use “ALL genres of music as a tool of influence to in turn provide an alternative sound that will change lives and bring hope to this generation and generations to come.”
Unlike so many athletes in today’s sports landscape focused on money and their own celebrity status, Demps aspires to be something greater. He strives to win a championship with the Giants—a team he chose because of their status as a perennial contender—but knows he has a much higher calling that proves more important at the end of the day.
“It means something to me because we try to please God with all of these works a lot of times,” he said of his favorite Bible verse, Hebrews 11:6, and what it means in his life. “It kind of just sticks out to me that faith is the most important thing in a believer’s Christian life.”
Photo courtesy of Quintin Demps