“And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”
-2 Corinthians 9:8
Undrafted out of the University of Nevada, Denver Broncos linebacker Malik Reed came into the NFL with something to prove. Looking to capitalize on any opportunity that presented itself, Reed got his chance taking over in place of injured starters Von Miller and Bradley Chubb. With 2 sacks in his rookie year and 8 in the 2020 campaign, Reed has become one of the best and most reliable staples of a strong Denver defense. Throughout the struggles and successes of Reed’s career, he says it is faith that guided him through it all.
Born and raised in Dothan, Alabama, Reed grew up in a family that surrounded him with faith.Reed says, however, that it was in college when he was on his own that he really grew not only on the field but as a man of God. “I went off to college and felt like I had a chance to develop my own relationship with God. Being off with myself, I felt like the opportunity to grow in my faith and grow with God which helped me to grow into who I am as a person and as a man.” Reed also grew with the help of his wife and then-girlfriend, Cidavia. Growing up in a Christian home herself, Cidavia too grew in her faith throughout her college years saying, “I went through some trying times but in college I really came to realize who God was for me and building my own relationship with God.” Together, Malik and Cidavia have continued to grow in their relationship together and their relationship with God.
After graduating from the University of Nevada, Reed went undrafted but signed a contract with the Broncos. Although he was never given the most attention, he says he trusted that he was right where God needed him to be. “Just in any circumstance, believing that you are in that position for a reason and there is a purpose in what you are doing. I put my all into just learning, taking things one day at a time and growing from those around me. God, first and foremost, is the driving force for that continual pursuit of getting better each and every day.”
Now coming off a season where Reed played in all 16 games for the Broncos, Reed says he makes faith a priority in the midst of the ups and downs. “When I go into the facility, before I go to practice I make sure to say a prayer. Ask for protection and help to continue to get better and get everything I can out of everyday and be a leader in any way He calls me to be. That our team can grow and make each other better daily. After coming off the field, I always am thanking God for another day and another opportunity to get better. Everyday is a blessing, it’s not a given. Our gift to Him is using what he has blessed us with to be a steward and do the right thing with it and progress consistently.”
For Reed, even more important than his performance on the field is who he is once he comes home. Him and Cidavia have together made faith first in their lives and their relationships to each other. Cidavia says, “I think that the most important thing is just finding ways to be intentional. Waking up, before you do anything, reading scripture and making sure God is a priority. Making sure that you are talking to Him throughout the day, creating quality time and moment to be with God.” Malik, too, reflects that mindset talking about how his faith influences how he lives on a daily basis. “From the moment we wake up and open your eyes we just take a moment to thank God for another day with each other and grow together. We have realized how reliant we have to be on God, and we trust that things don’t just happen by coincidence but that God is intentional and it is part of his plan.”
Now gearing up for his third season with the Broncos, Malik says he is so grateful that God has led him to exactly where he is. “Coming to Denver was his purpose and his plan and the opportunities I have been blessed with and an opportunity to glorify Him with it all.” As Malik and Cidavia look forward to the impact they will be making both on and off the field, they are grateful for their platform in the sport of football and the opportunity to inspire and encourage others.
*Photos in article provided by the Reed family