Perhaps destiny brought the newest New York Giant, Quintin Demps, to the Big Apple. Life has been anything but scripted for the man who has played for Andy Reid twice; last year in Kansas City after being drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2008. Sandwiched in between Kansas City and Philadelphia was a three-year stint with his home state Houston Texans.
In fact, the speedster from the University of Texas-El Paso originally thought he was ticketed for the NBA, until middle school when he "traded baskets for touchdowns."
Demps has no preconceived notions about his role with the G-men, even though his mere presence elevates a lackluster kick return game. "I know there are no guarantees in this game," Demps says matter-of-factly. "I am just going to compete to the best of my ability because you never know how it is going to play out."
Statistically, Demps averaged 30.1 yard per kick return last year, which was good for third in the NFL, and he joins another return specialist, Trindon Holliday, who signed with New York from another AFC West team, the Denver Broncos, to bolster a mediocre return game.
And Demps also will compete for time at free safety in what appears to be, at least on paper, a talented defensive secondary; especially with new arrivals Walter Thurmond and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
And while Demps brings a strong commitment to his NFL career, he also maintains a strong faith that enables him compete everyday. "“I don’t see how players can play without a strong faith in God. With the trials and tribulations that you go through [as an NFL player], your faith always has to remain strong.”
To that end, Demps recently started his own record label, Purpose By Faith. According to Demps, "Purpose By Faith is committed to providing an alternative sound that will change lives and bring hope to this generation and generations to come."
"Putting the record label together was a process, but it was something I enjoyed," Demps related. "We want to record faith-based music; music of hope and inspiration."
In terms of personal goals, the newest number 35 said, "I came to the Giants because they have shown that they can win the super bowl in any given year."
In Demps' case, the faith between the player and his new team appear to be mutual.