Auburn freshman quarterback Bo Nix has helped propel the Tigers to a No. 7 ranking and undefeated record, but he says none of it would be possible without God.
Nix told ESPN’s Holly Rowe he wears a white wristband that reads “Humble Over Hype.” It was a gift from teammate Javaris Davis.
“It reminds you to stay humble, because there's a lot of hype around you – and [it reminds you] how you can have an influence on other people at the same time,” Nix said. “That's really important.”
Nix was the No. 1 pro-style high school quarterback last year according to Rivals.com and chose the Tigers over Alabama, Clemson and Oklahoma, among others. This year, he has helped lead Auburn to wins over Top 25 foes Oregon and Texas A&M.
Asked how he stays humble, Nix told Rowe, “You just come to work every week and go to practice and just make sure that you're the teammate that the guys want to follow. And then you're doing the best you can to win the game on Saturday.”
His Christian faith, Nix added, helps him stay grounded. He even attends church on Sunday mornings after a Saturday game.
“I get up and go to church, because I know that all things come from the Lord and He can take them away really quickly,” Nix said. “And so just be thankful for this position that I'm in.”
Nix’s Twitter bio reads: “Colossians 3:23| Quarterback at Auburn University.”
Nix has impressed former Heisman Trophy winner and current TV analyst Tim Tebow, who met Nix while the latter was still in high school. Instead of asking for an autograph or a selfie with Tebow, Nix asked him how he could improve.
Nix has a “unique composure,” Tebow told AL.com.
“I think just the chemistry of his mold, I really like and have been impressed with,” Tebow said.
Humble Over Hype is a non-profit that “seeks to create humility” in athletes “through the spiritual and moral development of athletes,” according to its website, which lists 1 Peter 5:6 as its statement of faith: “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.”
Michael Foust is a freelance writer. Visit his blog, MichaelFoust.com.
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Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, The Leaf-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.