On his radio show, Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers was asked by a listener if God was concerned about the outcome of the NFC Championship game. The Packers lost in overtime to the Seattle Seahawks 28-22.
The listeners’ question was read on the air.
‘I always find it a little off-putting when athletes, actors and anybody says, ‘This is what God wanted,’ or ‘I want to thank God for helping us win today,’ anything along those lines when a game or award is won. I’m paraphrasing here, but you get the gist. Personally, with all the chaos in the world, I’m not sure God really cares about the outcome of a game or an awards show. What do you think of statements such as these? You’ve obviously got your faith. Does what happens on Sunday impact your relationship with God or your faith at all?”
Rodgers quickly responded: “I agree with her. I don’t think God cares a whole lot about the outcome. He cares about the people involved, but I don’t think he’s a big football fan.”
After the improbable comeback against the Packers on Sunday, Seattle QB Russell Wilson credited God with the win.
“God is too good all the time, man. Everytime,” he declared in an interview with sideline reporter Erin Andrews shortly after the win.
Seattle trailed 16-0 in the third quarter until an incredible fake from punter Jon Ryan who converted what was supposed to be a field goal into a touchdown and made the score 16-7. Wilson impressively rallied the team in the final two minutes of the game to tie the score then slammed the door shut with a 35-yard touchdown pass in overtime to win the game.
“That’s God setting it up, to make it so dramatic, so rewarding, so special,” Wilson said of the dramatic finish in post-game comments to Peter King of TheMMQB.com. “I’ve been through a lot in life, and had some ups and downs. It’s what’s led me to this day.”
Let’s give Wilson the benefit of the doubt. He certainly wasn’t implying God made him threw 4 interceptions in order to dig a hole for the defending Super Bowl champions. But facing the circumstances, Wilson’s faith had an impact on his never say die attitude that pushed Seattle and Wilson to victory.
Rodgers was raised a Christian by his parents and committed his life to God as a teenager. His faith is more subdued then that of the third year signal caller of the Seahawks.
‘Preach the Gospel at all times,” Rodgers said. “If necessary, use words.”