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Russell Wilson credits, and blames, divine intervention for Sunday’s win

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After Sunday’s thrilling win over the Packers for a berth in the Super Bowl, an extremely emotional Russell Wilson thanked God for the victory.

“God is too good all the time, man,” Wilson told Erin Andrews of FOX Sports immediately after the win.  “Every time.”

Plenty of God-fearing Packers fans probably disagreed with that assessment.  It’s a question as old as sports.  Does God have a rooting interest?  Does He help one team (and in turn hurt another) through the micromanagement of His will?

As noted by Deadspin, Wilson elaborated on his belief that God made the win more interesting by deliberately creating the degree of difficulty in post-game comments to Peter King of TheMMQB.com.

“That’s God setting it up, to make it so dramatic, so rewarding, so special,” Wilson said regarding the sudden transformation from horrible performance to incredible performance.  “I’ve been through a lot in life, and had some ups and downs.  It’s what’s led me to this day.”

Apart from assuming that God cares about who wins a sporting event, Wilson’s theory assumes that God also wants to inflict extra misery on the team that mistakenly thought for more than 55 minutes of game time that God wanted that team, not the other one, to prevail.

Wilson is free to believe whatever he wants.  And others are free to believe that God really isn’t the ultimate puppet master, influencing the flight of a ball, the questionable decisions made by coaches and players, and/or the sudden inability of a backup tight end to catch an onside kick heading straight for his face.

Whatever Wilson or anyone else believes, I respect that.  I personally choose to believe that God exists, that He loves the members of both teams equally, and that He has far better things to do than fix NFL games.

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162 Responses to “Russell Wilson credits, and blames, divine intervention for Sunday’s win”
  1. magnumpimustache says: Jan 20, 2015 3:48 PM

    1. There is no crying in football.

    2. History has shown God is a pats fan.

  2. wiscoregon says: Jan 20, 2015 3:48 PM

    Oh god this is rubbish. Mike McCarthy lost this game.

  3. slugbaitspace says: Jan 20, 2015 3:50 PM

    Well, I guess that means everybody can stop blaming the refs for fixing games…

  4. pathsovglory says: Jan 20, 2015 3:51 PM

    This article is better served as a 100-level seminary school assignment.

  5. willycents says: Jan 20, 2015 3:54 PM

    Personally, I believe God creates adversity in a person’s life to cause them to improve as an individual. Your reaction to that adversity is what God is interested in much more than win/lose a football game.

  6. 4thquartermagic says: Jan 20, 2015 3:54 PM

    Yup.

    White bearded man on a clown made the Packers choke.

    SMH.

    Crediting divine intervention for wins/losses is incredibly ignorant.

  7. mrjpil says: Jan 20, 2015 3:54 PM

    American sports athletes Christianity is the worst kind of Christianity! Yes God loves you, but no he does not care if you win or lose! He is not controlling every move you make or punishing packers fans with a loss.
    If that were the case the Patriots would never win!

  8. thepftpoet says: Jan 20, 2015 3:54 PM

    Russell Wilson is one of the best guys in the game today.

    But let’s be honest…

    God is a Minnesota Vikings fan.

    #MinnesotaVikingsisGodsfavoriteteam

  9. runningoutofboundsisforgringos says: Jan 20, 2015 3:55 PM

    Jesus loves football. Except when it is played by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Those infidels

  10. seabrawk12 says: Jan 20, 2015 3:57 PM

    Everyone can perceive the victory however they wish. The Hawks are in the Super Bowl. I’m extremely proud to have Russell as the Hawks QB. Go HAWKS

  11. runningoutofboundsisforgringos says: Jan 20, 2015 3:57 PM

    Pride goeth before an epic fourth quarter meltdown

  12. rutchaser says: Jan 20, 2015 3:58 PM

    So God doesn’t like anyone on the Packers? I’m sure He doesn’t care who wins football games. I don’t like when these guys are over the top about it.

  13. jjackwagon says: Jan 20, 2015 3:58 PM

    You have to admit the choke job by the Pack was almost Peyton-worthy.

  14. idpfantasyfootball says: Jan 20, 2015 3:58 PM

    So Russell Wilson’s god hates cheese and Wilson’s ex-wife?

  15. lance227 says: Jan 20, 2015 3:59 PM

    God is great, God is good, let us thank him for our food Amen! Now God….will it be the over or the under???

  16. quizguy66 says: Jan 20, 2015 3:59 PM

    Yup God hates the Packers.
    Last week he hated the Cowboys.
    The week before that he hated the Lions.

    I sense a trend here.

  17. deltaoracle says: Jan 20, 2015 3:59 PM

    Wonder if he’ll catch half the grief Tebow did. I’m guessing no.

  18. yosoyfiesta87 says: Jan 20, 2015 4:00 PM

    Pretty sure if there is a God he doesn’t care about the NFL. Get over yourself Russell.

  19. Marshawn Lunch says: Jan 20, 2015 4:00 PM

    So, after reading this article, here are my assumption: The author of this article believes in God, but thinks that God has no time for sports.

    How can you have an omnipotent/omnipresent deity without having said deity play both sides in all situations (e.g. the game). If you believe in faith, then by extension you believe in fate. And that means that even though you think you are making decisions, your actions are really just the eventuality of all the preceding actions in the cosmos.

    It is entirely possible for God to have made the game difficult for both sides without God having a “desired outcome”. God doesn’t pick sides. God IS both sides.

  20. nrae73 says: Jan 20, 2015 4:00 PM

    How arrogant does someone have to be to think God could care less about, much less intervene in a GAME. God has nothing better to do than worry about YOU? Making your game dramatic is his highest priority?

    When you start crediting God for touchdowns, you have a major ego problem.

  21. randersizl says: Jan 20, 2015 4:01 PM

    How can someone so good be so delusional?

    Does this mean Aaron Rodgers is the devil or some other fairy tale nonsense?

  22. steeltroll says: Jan 20, 2015 4:02 PM

    Lame. God does not give a flip about what happens in a football game.

  23. paulitik74 says: Jan 20, 2015 4:02 PM

    Russell goes to the Children’s Hospital every Tuesday so he can steal all their Miracles for what’s important. Winning on Sundays.

    God is great for Russell Wikson. Not so great for Cancer Kids.

  24. pnwl4a says: Jan 20, 2015 4:03 PM

    How incredibly ignorant some of you people are.. .this is America, and anyone has the right to believe whatever he wants about his creator so long that it doesn’t hurt his neighbor.

    So who are YOU to call Wilson ignorant.

    If Wilson believes his God helped him win the game, I believe him, whether or not I agree with him.

  25. upperdecker19 says: Jan 20, 2015 4:04 PM

    We’re offended that were weren’t thanked in the post game interview for our contributions….

    Regards,
    Santa, Easter Bunny & Tooth Fairy

  26. johngaltx says: Jan 20, 2015 4:04 PM

    Moron.

  27. titletownie72 says: Jan 20, 2015 4:05 PM

    What an idiot. Just shut your mouth before you make another ridiculous comment. Boob.

  28. toaster463 says: Jan 20, 2015 4:05 PM

    Its a misquote. He’s not talking about God. He’s talking about God-dell. its right there in the name.

  29. samdoggnl says: Jan 20, 2015 4:05 PM

    Man, Wilson certainly has a selfish view God. And why is it players only thank God when they win or score a touchdown. I never hear athletes thank God when losing (perhaps a lesson God may be teaching them). It’s rather silly and simplistic view, and in the end diminishes the power and importance of God.

  30. malab377 says: Jan 20, 2015 4:05 PM

    Mike McCarthy IS God. Only He decided the faith of both teams.

  31. lionshawk says: Jan 20, 2015 4:05 PM

    God probably gets tired of being called down on both sides of an argument.

  32. andreboy1 says: Jan 20, 2015 4:06 PM

    God took a break from letting small children waste away from cancer and other incurable conditions to make a football game more interesting?

    That sounds about right

  33. goldbloodedindfw says: Jan 20, 2015 4:07 PM

    No, God does not have a rooting interest because God isn’t real.

  34. desertrace21 says: Jan 20, 2015 4:08 PM

    I for one am glad he is religious.. Because, according to Tebow fans, being religious will get you pushed out of the league even though you are the most talented player to ever touch a football. As a Cardinals fan, nothing is more frustrating than watching a guy with Michael Vick type elusiveness, and Manning type football IQ. At least this way, he won’t be in the NFL long.

  35. leef2020 says: Jan 20, 2015 4:08 PM

    I’ve known for a long time that God hated the Lions.

    But, why now the Packers, too?!?

  36. pittsburghdamned says: Jan 20, 2015 4:08 PM

    That’s beautiful.

    Thank you, Oh Divine Being, for focusing on the Seahawks rather than famine, disease, or terrorism.

    I’m going back to church.

  37. fumblenuts says: Jan 20, 2015 4:08 PM

    My pastor at church said God likes to show off. Like Jesus walking on water in front of people, Moses parting the red sea, turning water into wine and BLESSING Russell Wilson last Sunday!

    #GOHAWKS!!
    #GOGOD!!

  38. portnoychunk says: Jan 20, 2015 4:09 PM

    There was a stand-up comedian back in the day who had a bit about this….how you never hear dudes on the losing team saying “Jesus made me fumble, he hates our team.”

    I don’t believe there’s nec. a God, but if there is, he should have better things to do than mess around with a stupid football game.

  39. hjb99992013 says: Jan 20, 2015 4:09 PM

    The Good Lord apparently is not a fan of the Bills

  40. samdoggnl says: Jan 20, 2015 4:10 PM

    Man, Wilson certainly has a selfish view of
    God. And why is it players only thank God when they win or score a touchdown. I never hear athletes thank God when losing (perhaps a lesson God may be teaching them). It’s rather silly and simplistic view, and in the end diminishes the power and importance of God.

  41. apkyletexas says: Jan 20, 2015 4:11 PM

    God didn’t help the Seahawks to come back. He was too busy getting ready to deflate footballs on the Pats’ sideline.

  42. mburkett1980 says: Jan 20, 2015 4:11 PM

    Whatever helps folks sleep better at night, I guess.

  43. tennesseeoilers says: Jan 20, 2015 4:12 PM

    There’s much to admire in Russell Wilson’s character and beliefs for sure. However, he’s young. The older he gets, the more he will realize how little he truly understands how God thinks and the ways He moves.

  44. hawkitrond says: Jan 20, 2015 4:12 PM

    It really seemed like God was a huge Packer fan for about 57 Minutes and then just thought the game was over so he took a nap.

  45. sonoco says: Jan 20, 2015 4:13 PM

    Hawk fans seem to be steering clear of this post. What a Shawk.

  46. pegacsd says: Jan 20, 2015 4:13 PM

    It was good to see Russell Wilson crying with the realization he just hit the Divine intervention jackpot. The Packers were clearly the better team until God or something intervened. Don’t think the Seadogs can count on that happening again especially in Phoenix.

  47. rukkus1 says: Jan 20, 2015 4:14 PM

    Good job Hawks! Clean livin! The Packers must’ve been skipping prayers. God probably doesn’t like Billy deflating balls to win either. I guess that’s another super bowl for us!!!!!

  48. dremerick says: Jan 20, 2015 4:16 PM

    Yet (if you believe it), Jesus lead the Steelers to SIX Super Bowl wins!
    Love those infidels!

  49. pnwl4a says: Jan 20, 2015 4:17 PM

    All the negativity for what a man believes…

    bitter Packer fans I’m sure…

  50. tattooit says: Jan 20, 2015 4:18 PM

    Cray, CRAY.

  51. tommymaters says: Jan 20, 2015 4:20 PM

    Most people here are missing the point: Wilson isn’t saying God “fixed” the game so his team would win… he’s simply thanking God publicly for giving him (Wilson) the opportunity to play, and the strength and the will to overcome adversity. He’s also humbling himself and giving God the credit for his accomplishments. Nothing wrong with that… in fact a humble heart should be admired, not ridiculed.

  52. paulpearson2k says: Jan 20, 2015 4:21 PM

    Hey guys, I just spoke to God. He was actually in a marketing meeting at the time of the game (he works on Sundays?) and didn’t actually influence anything. He says if you have any other questions talk to either Tony Dungy or Bono.

  53. ampats says: Jan 20, 2015 4:21 PM

    By that theory, the Patriots better resign Tim Tebow soon.

  54. purpleguy says: Jan 20, 2015 4:21 PM

    This guy is starting to get irritating — I thought people stopped adhering to Calvinist religious theories shortly after the pilgrims had the first Thanksgiving.

  55. schmitty2 says: Jan 20, 2015 4:24 PM

    God sent 2 angels to assist the Hawks. They appeared in the forms of Mike McCarthey and Brandon Bostick.

  56. schmitty2 says: Jan 20, 2015 4:25 PM

    Erin Andrews must be wondering when she will ever be able to have a normal post-game interview with a Seahawks player.

  57. ahostiletakeover says: Jan 20, 2015 4:26 PM

    Pretty sure I saw you and your teammates just step up and win the game in crunch time yourselves. But you’re free to believe what you want I guess.

  58. skawh says: Jan 20, 2015 4:26 PM

    Tough crowd.

    You meet wayward players with judgements about their questionable character.

    You meet a humble God loving player with judgements about his beliefs and how his beliefs impact his game.

    Is there anyone that meets the standards of PFT posters?

  59. justjack822 says: Jan 20, 2015 4:28 PM

    If God wanted any team to win, wouldn’t that team go undefeated every year?

  60. aquineas1 says: Jan 20, 2015 4:28 PM

    Who am I to criticize him for what he believes in? I’ll offer this: if nothing else, he sure seemed genuine at the end of that playoff game. I’ll also say, although it’s probably not intentional and at that moment was likely the last thing on his mind, he probably earned himself a couple more million in endorsements. A world that feels like it’s been lied to so much loves the idea of genuine.

  61. albanyhawker says: Jan 20, 2015 4:30 PM

    When NFL players “give the glory to God” for a victory, it’s not so much as crediting God for influencing the outcome as it is humbly crediting the Divine for the good that has just happened. It’s not to say that God wanted the Packers to lose, although, since His Lordship Brett Favre retired, the Big Guy may have changed his rooting interest!

  62. pinkmist4 says: Jan 20, 2015 4:30 PM

    Of all the things to be offended by…..

  63. castleofcheese says: Jan 20, 2015 4:34 PM

    I can’t believe I was such a huge fan of this idiot when he was a badger.

  64. joetoronto says: Jan 20, 2015 4:38 PM

    Another player who thinks God cares about football. It looks to me like your estrogen level is way too high, Russell.

  65. amaf21 says: Jan 20, 2015 4:41 PM

    Act like you’ve been there before.

  66. doubleogator says: Jan 20, 2015 4:41 PM

    Three things here. One: if God is the reason they won, then God should make the Saints win all of the time, Two: But if he’s right then Satan is to blame for the Packers heartbreaking loss. Third, please don’t cry like a baby anymore, it’s sorta embarrassing…

  67. stellarperformance says: Jan 20, 2015 4:41 PM

    I guess that means the “12th Man” left early before all the churches could fill up with thankful fans? Is that why the heralded 12th man went home, or would they prefer not to witness the butt-kicking Green Bay laid on them?

    What a bunch of overrated crap. 12th man my eye…..fake sound, fake fans. A pretender.

    Two best teams this year are New England and Green Bay. Seattle is just the luckiest, that’s all. They can grin and admit it and have some fun, but don’t pretend this Seattle team is anything special. Yep. God likes them. Uh huh.

    I have never in my life cheered for an AFC team…..until now.

  68. redbird24 says: Jan 20, 2015 4:41 PM

    As a great sportswriter (I think it was Roy Blount Jr.) once said: God doesn’t intervene in sporting events, except when Notre Dame is playing for the national championship.

  69. whodat5150 says: Jan 20, 2015 4:42 PM

    He doesn’t intervene (and that’s obvious from our record) but when God does watch football, He watches Notre Dame. After all, who else has Touchdown Jesus?

  70. bluenose1965 says: Jan 20, 2015 4:43 PM

    It’s the question that has been asked and will continue to be asked for many years. Does God have a rooting interest?

    I don’t know the answer myself, but if He wouldn’t mind showing me a sign that the Super Bowl total looks a little high, i’d appreciate it. 😉

  71. kruiser49 says: Jan 20, 2015 4:43 PM

    I’ll pray with Wilson anytime he wants and if Aaron or Tom wants to join in they are more than welcome. If this brings them closer to God do you think God will reject them? Praying for forgiveness, being thankful, to stay healthy and praying for a cure. Whatever it is there is always a reason to pray. If you don’t agree, let’s pray about it.

  72. r8rsfan says: Jan 20, 2015 4:49 PM

    RW isn’t inferring divine intervention. Rather, he’s being gracious and shifting the praise to where he thinks it should be directed. He’s a gifted athlete and is humble enough to pay tribute to the source of those gifts.

  73. pixelprola says: Jan 20, 2015 4:50 PM

    Wait, I thought Tom Brady is God, so he thanked Tom Brady?

  74. jland235 says: Jan 20, 2015 4:53 PM

    I guess that means if he plays like crap again it won’t be his fault.

  75. mrlord74 says: Jan 20, 2015 4:57 PM

    Funny how God will listen to the prayer of healthy football players to win games but ignore dying children’s prayers to live to see another birthday. Show me someone that believes prayer works and I will show you an idiot.

  76. bigdaddy44 says: Jan 20, 2015 4:58 PM

    Was it God who made the Colts equipment manager let air out of the interception ball to try to frame the Patriots???

  77. corporatemediaprostitute says: Jan 20, 2015 4:59 PM

    How many of those of you defending this childlike understanding of theism also defended Husain Abdullah for his Muslim prayer?

  78. kuranda84 says: Jan 20, 2015 5:01 PM

    Well let’s all heckle him for his beliefs shall we.

  79. pftpoetsboyfriend says: Jan 20, 2015 5:03 PM

    “So God doesn’t like anyone on the Packers? ”

    ————

    Correct.

    =================================

    “Does this mean Aaron Rodgers is the devil?’

    ————

    Also correct.

  80. nfloracle says: Jan 20, 2015 5:04 PM

    God is love;
    Love is blind;
    Ray Charles was blind;
    Therefore Ray Charles is God.

    The above absurd syllogism makes more sense that a football player crediting God for a victory.

    If there even was a God, especially a loving God who granted comeback victories to quarterbacks who played like crap for fifty minutes, why does he not grant enough food to eat to the hundreds of thousands of underfed and starving children on this planet?

    I can’t help but think of a quote from George Bernard Shaw back in 1921: “All the sweetness of religion is conveyed to the world by the hands of storytellers and image-makers. Without their fictions the truths of religion would for the multitude be neither intelligible nor even apprehensible; and the prophets would prophesy and the teachers teach in vain.”

  81. Stupid Lions Fan says: Jan 20, 2015 5:04 PM

    Everyone is an expert on what their spirit, angel, or deity does, thinks, and knows. Think about that for a min.

  82. nfliferfan22 says: Jan 20, 2015 5:05 PM

    This guy is a complete fraud.. Isn’t this the same cat who was rubbing salt in the wounds of the 49esr players and staff after they beat them on Thanksgiving.. Wasn’t this the same cat who was taunting them making comments on the airplane ride home? I think Sherman, Baldwin and other brash you know whats on the team must be rubbing of on him poorly!

  83. skawh says: Jan 20, 2015 5:08 PM

    I, a 6′ 4″ man’s man, was proud to see Wilson and Kerse crying at the end of that game. In fact, in the stands there was hardly a dry eye in C-Link!

    Their tears showed heart, and that they truly cared about the outcome of that game…and it revealed some players do pour their heart and souls into a game.

    Maybe your team could benefit from players with that much game heart, instead of you fearing and or criticizing another man’s after game tears?

    It works for US!

    Go HAWKS!!

  84. fleshpickle says: Jan 20, 2015 5:09 PM

    I’m sure Tinkerbell and the pixie fairies were watching the game. If you believe in that sort of magic.

  85. pacificdan says: Jan 20, 2015 5:09 PM

    If god can’t be bothered to end suffering in Africa or stop child molesters and rapists he has a lot of explaining to do if he has anything to do with a football GAME.

  86. nicofthenorthstar says: Jan 20, 2015 5:10 PM

    Hard to respect a person that honestly is so narcissistic and shallow as to see existence through this sort of lens. What a tool.

  87. fleshpickle says: Jan 20, 2015 5:11 PM

    If there was a god and he liked football wouldn’t the saints win the Superbowl ever year?

  88. pingamadre says: Jan 20, 2015 5:12 PM

    stellarperformance says: Jan 20, 2015 4:41 PM

    I have never in my life cheered for an AFC team…..until now.

    ______________________________________

    What does that even mean? If Dallas had beat Green Bay then you would’ve rooted for them? Are you mad because the Seahawks came back and won? Yeah, luck played a role; I don’t think anyone is pretending that the game plane was to fall behind for 3.5 quarters and then execute two touchdowns in 3 minutes. Bitter much?

  89. spartyfi says: Jan 20, 2015 5:12 PM

    the arrogance (or is it ignorance) of SOME Christians these days. No, God does not care about your day to day victories, he cares about how you live your life and treat those around you.

    How big must your ego be to think that God took the time out to personally help you win a football game? Do you really believe THE Guy in the sky cares who wins or loses? What makes you think you’re a more important Christian than all the rest that you’re playing against?

    This is why I can’t stand Russel Wilson, not because of his religion, but because of the ignorance in how he believes.

  90. nrae73 says: Jan 20, 2015 5:13 PM

    I still can’t believe GOD wanted to throw popcorn on Bowman……he seems like a good dude to me.

  91. Stupid Lions Fan says: Jan 20, 2015 5:14 PM

    God must hate Cleveland.

  92. iamkillerfin says: Jan 20, 2015 5:16 PM

    Hopefully GOD is a Seahawks fan like he was a Giants fan in the last 2 patsie super bowls!!! GO HAWKS!!!

  93. deepbacksidedig says: Jan 20, 2015 5:19 PM

    Pats the favorite by game time.
    This dude is seriously unstable.

  94. greenandgoldgirl says: Jan 20, 2015 5:20 PM

    This guy is such a fraud. Never liked him at Wisconsin and like him even less now. I am hoping that on Super Bowl Sunday Tom Brady shows him who god is. What a joke this guy is.

  95. suhgirlsonecup says: Jan 20, 2015 5:20 PM

    Luckiest team in the history of professional sports. But that’s cool Shehawk fans, just keep on thinking your team is hot stuff. Feb 1st will be quite the wake up call.

  96. timjvision says: Jan 20, 2015 5:21 PM

    I personally pray to Joe Pesci. Yeah I been praying to Joe now for about 5 years, and I find that my prayers get answered at about the same 50/50 clip…

  97. revolution349 says: Jan 20, 2015 5:21 PM

    Divine intervention = winning a football game for the Seahawks, and forgetting about the 9 million children under the age of 6 that die every year. Thank you lord!

  98. truths4all says: Jan 20, 2015 5:22 PM

    Get a grip Wilson, God does not care about who wins a football game. God cares about why he sent his son Jesus to redeem the lost sheep in the world.

    Wilson, you think you are too important when in the scheme of things (starving kids, wars, disease, etc) you don’t count.

  99. stellarperformance says: Jan 20, 2015 5:22 PM

    It’s kind of like a boxer getting destroyed for 11.5 rounds, and the manager of the winning boxer inadvertantly leaves the sweat sponge in the ring, and his boxer then slips on it and knocks himself out, giving the match to the guy on the floor.

    If I was the guy on the floor, I’d cry too, out of sheer unexpected and bewildered gratitude……like Wilson.

  100. weepingjebus says: Jan 20, 2015 5:23 PM

    I’m just surprised the NFL even broadcast his comments. They ran Tebow out of the league for his faith, and routinely refuse to show the huge post-game prayer circles involving many players on each team.

    As for whether he’s right, he’s a multi-millionaire SB winning QB with the respect and admiration of millions of people. He could arrive unannounced at any house within 250 miles of Seattle, and receive a hero’s welcome. Maybe he’s on to something.

  101. pnwl4a says: Jan 20, 2015 5:23 PM

    Calling Wilson a fraud.. a pretender… wow, that’s some nonsense indeed..

    Defending Super Bowl QB, returning to another.. and he’s a fraud..

    AND, if his belief in HIS GOD is what drives him to WIN AGAIN, then I say Great….

    YOU Sir, have no business judging him from your couch.

  102. dbara43 says: Jan 20, 2015 5:24 PM

    Well there you have it. God is a 12. Just like we always knew.

  103. joetoronto says: Jan 20, 2015 5:24 PM

    God definitely hates Buffalo, look at it.

  104. filmex2000 says: Jan 20, 2015 5:28 PM

    I’m sure all the Christian fantasists would be just as understanding had he said, “Allāhu Akbar”, which means the same thing.

  105. popjohnson1 says: Jan 20, 2015 5:30 PM

    What some people don’t understand is that we are all God’s children but some people have more favor in Gods eyes due the strength of a persons faith. God will test you & if you don’t loose sight of him in tuff times he will answer all prayers no matter how small they are in others eyes. It’s not hard to see if you pay attention that Russell is blessed & highly favored.

  106. aquineas1 says: Jan 20, 2015 5:31 PM

    I believe in God and I have seen enough miracles to testify that prayer works. That does however mean I believe that there was divine intervention in a football game.

  107. skawh says: Jan 20, 2015 5:31 PM

    “This is why I can’t stand Russel Wilson, not because of his religion, but because of the ignorance in how he believes.”

    $$$$$

    Wait ’til Wilson gets paid during the offseason. Then you’ll have several multi million reasons to be envious and spiteful of him…return to give us a ‘spite’ update after that occurs…like Wilson could care.

  108. jeffesky says: Jan 20, 2015 5:31 PM

    Say Florio ,

    If you don’t get why even bother talking about it. That was a special moment in time and there are all kinds of different beliefs in this world. Perhaps a little respect shown on your part about how these guys (fans included) put their hearts in this game and it means a lot. It’s not great because its football, it’s great because it’s a microcosm of all our lives. For the Hawks it represents one thing and for the Pack another. Go look at what Russell said after the Falcons loss two years ago.

  109. uglydingo says: Jan 20, 2015 5:33 PM

    Does he really believe the God is up there deciding every outcome in every game played? What about in atheist nations? Does he mess with their sporting results as well?
    Russell Wilson had a really bad first 3/4 of the game and was lucky to pull it out in the final minutes. He was aided by some poor decisions by Green Bay players and coaches. To suggest that God made all those calls is ridiculous and an insult to one’s intelligence.
    Russell – it’s just a game, dude. You got really lucky at the finish. A few Packers choked.

  110. pinkmist4 says: Jan 20, 2015 5:33 PM

    Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

    And people wonder why Marshawn doesn’t want to talk to the media.

    This one deserves a below the waist Beastmode Salute

  111. 12hawksfan1976 says: Jan 20, 2015 5:34 PM

    “This guy is such a fraud. Never liked him at Wisconsin and like him even less now. I am hoping that on Super Bowl Sunday Tom Brady shows him who god is. What a joke this guy is.”

    Bitter much?

  112. sactogary says: Jan 20, 2015 5:35 PM

    Jan 20, 2015 4:00 PM – Marshawn Lunch says: … If you believe in faith, then by extension you believe in fate….

    This is so wrong. There are other views. Please stick to football, Mr. Lunch.

  113. doubleogator says: Jan 20, 2015 5:36 PM

    George Carlin once said: Moses came down from the mountain with these ten rules, and if you break one of those rules you will burn in Hell for all eternity…but God loves you!

  114. kruiser49 says: Jan 20, 2015 5:39 PM

    I’ll pray with Wilson anytime and if Aaron and Tom want to join in they are more then welcome. I don’t think God will complain if they are try to draw closer to Him by giving Him praise. There is room for prayer everywhere, all the time. If there is a problem with that, let’s pray about it.

  115. 619sdfan4life says: Jan 20, 2015 5:40 PM

    Fact of the matter is Wilson was just being humble and not trying to be the focus of the moment. Rather then be like sherman last year goin off about he is the best and don’t try him? I’m a God fearing man and strongly believe in him. I do not think God had any influence in this game nor any game for that matter. Wilson saying what he did is just his way of giving the glory and honor to God.
    Our gifts and calling are without repentance, meaning that Jay Z has been blessed with the ability to make music and conduct business. Weather Jay Z ever gives glory to God for his success doesn’t matter. Same with Wilson,
    Most QBs would have folded under the pressure to try and come back and he didn’t he kept believing and GB choked.

    And to the guy who thinks it’s Gods job to feed the kids that are starving start with the country’s that worship cows and refuse to kill them for food and wonder why they are starving. As well ask yourself what have you done to help the starving kids.

    And lastly if you think mankind came from a fish you have more faith then me believing God Created us

  116. pacificdan says: Jan 20, 2015 5:43 PM

    weepingjebus says:
    Jan 20, 2015 5:23 PM
    I’m just surprised the NFL even broadcast his comments. They ran Tebow out of the league for his faith, and routinely refuse to show the huge post-game prayer circles involving many players on each team.
    _________________

    Oh please, Tebow’s play ran him out of the NFL. And 77% of the US adult population identifies themselves as Christian. Why don’t you crawl up on the cross and nail yourself to it, Mr. Martyr.

  117. gowhitten says: Jan 20, 2015 5:43 PM

    What??? Sounds like someone is a good Catholic.

  118. qdog112 says: Jan 20, 2015 6:11 PM

    The overarching question is, does God have cable or satellite?

  119. iamdinguskhan says: Jan 20, 2015 6:23 PM

    Wake up Wilson! Get over your self! It’s called stupid coaching and poor execution on Packers part and having the Legion Of Boom as your D.

  120. pingamadre says: Jan 20, 2015 6:26 PM

    stellarperformance says: Jan 20, 2015 5:22 PM

    It’s kind of like a boxer getting destroyed for 11.5 rounds, and the manager of the winning boxer inadvertantly leaves the sweat sponge in the ring, and his boxer then slips on it and knocks himself out, giving the match to the guy on the floor.

    If I was the guy on the floor, I’d cry too, out of sheer unexpected and bewildered gratitude……like Wilson.
    ______________________________________
    Isn’t the guy on the floor the idiot who just managed to knock himself out by stepping on a sponge? Or are you saying that there are two guys on the floor? If one guy is already on the floor shouldn’t the other guy be waiting in a neutral corner? What kind of stupid dim witted manager throws a sweat sponge out towards a neutral corner for his boxer to slip on? Your analogy makes my head hurt

  121. bigbensbathroomseed says: Jan 20, 2015 6:26 PM

    The demise of faith in the world today will be the downfall for so many of you.

  122. allthingssports247 says: Jan 20, 2015 6:30 PM

    i cannot believe the godless society we live in today… he is not saying anything other than he and his god are on a level…. a level most of u clueless jerks no nothing about. he is simply saying that god is the one leading his life because he gives his life over to god… all u stupid idiots trying to make something out of nothing are the same morons that will be standing in awe when u find out that there really was a creator of this incredibly complex thing we are living called life.. I’m not super religious, but i am smart enough to know that anything as complex as life upon this earth is, probably came about thru careful planning by a divine entity who is much greater than each of us…. happenstance doesnt seem logical to me when i look around at all my eyes survey.. just take our eyes for instance.. do u people understand how wonderful and perfect a design our eyes are. that is part of a plan… not even a radio or tv came about thru happenstance… granted those inventions were realized by the inventors understanding the knowledge that had already been discovered in those particular fields. this enabled them to plan and build upon what was already known… making better and even new technology… nevertheless a plan had to be in place… this is the same with the evolution argument… yes evolution is probable, and yes that was probably gods way of practicing his plan, in order to perfect it…. i just hate that we live in such a sinister world where any one who now has a relationship with their interpretation of god, we have to criticize and ridicule… its a sad society.. and I’m sure this comment will never see the light of day in the comment section, but oh well, i needed to get it out for my own satisfaction.

  123. itsgettingchippy says: Jan 20, 2015 6:34 PM

    As a Packers fan, who would have thought it would be Wilson making me feel better? Now I know it was just God’s way of making that win EXTRA special for Wilson.

  124. longjohnpeter says: Jan 20, 2015 6:41 PM

    “I want to thank God. I want to thank the Lord God because It is really not up to me, it is up to him and I want to thank the devil too because you know that is why God is there. He is minding the fence to make sure that guy never comes back. You know if it weren’t for the devil God had probably gone insane blowing he’s brains out from boredom. Everybody likes to feel useful. Make a da world go around. Back to you Tom.” – Peter Griffin

    As a Packer’s fan, I must ask:

    Where is your God now??

  125. iamdinguskhan says: Jan 20, 2015 6:44 PM

    Let me make this simple allthingsports247…you don’t like our comments DONT READ THEM! I love all of the comments whether I agree or not. I even like your comment because in the free society we live in we are allowed to express our opinion. A lot of people died to give us the right. A good debate and difference in opinion is a great right us Americans have. You don’t like that move to North Korea

  126. fumblenuts says: Jan 20, 2015 6:49 PM

    GOD LOVES ALL OF US……REPENT FROM YOUR EVIL WAYS……HE IS COMING SOON!!!

  127. abninf says: Jan 20, 2015 6:54 PM

    If God picked and chose football winners, the Dallas Cowboys would be champions every season.

  128. lassea says: Jan 20, 2015 6:59 PM

    Perhaps Wilson was just over come with emotion after winning a really big game in a really big way.

    If you’re going to shove microphones in players faces in the heat of the moment, expect some weird stuff to come out of their mouths. Jeez!

  129. matt14gg says: Jan 20, 2015 6:59 PM

    By Russell Wilson’s asinine logic it is very clear: God hates the Packers…and Packers fans…and the city of Green Bay…oh yeah, and Aaron Rodegrs…and obviously Brandon Bostick. Yup, that’s it.

  130. 5to46hawkfan says: Jan 20, 2015 7:00 PM

    Over thinking at its finest – people can believe what they choose…unless our fake communistic president dictates otherwise that is… GO HAWKS!!! (And maybe a little help from the big guy upstairs…

  131. robyesno says: Jan 20, 2015 7:05 PM

    To you all, football is unimportant. To those involved it is there livelihood. It’s there work, it’s their gift, it’s how they feed their families. And the lives of God’s people, whatever they do; wherever they live is important to Him.

    Perhaps most members of the Green Bay Packers felt strong enough to achieve victory without the aid of God. And, perhaps, Russell Wilson was humbled enough to know on that day victory wouldn’t be had without God.

    Now, who does God respond to? Those that don’t need him or those that do? Does that mean he loves one more than the other? Or does he respond to faith and belief and prayer and petitions?

    Hebrews 11:6:And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is God and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

    For all of you that think that God is not real, impotent or unresponsive. You get what want. Why should God convince you otherwise? But for the rest of us, his people, we know that;
    Romans 8:28:
    28 And we know that God causes everything to work together[a] for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
    And:

    Matthew 17:20 “You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.”

    So God responds to his people on the basis of faith, and his will. Perhaps Russell Wilson’s faith was the greatest on the field that day and so called down the power of God; Because “God inhabits the praises of his people. ”

    And in God, whether we get what we want or not, we always get what we need; even if it’s just strength and faith to get through to better days. God promises never to leave or reject us after we choose to be his people. And we’re sure he hears us when we pray; whether then answer is yes, no or wait. That day it was yes to Russell Wilson. Some Green Bay Packer believers, tho disappointed that day, still know the love of God keeps them for another day’s victory.

    God doesn’t create starving children – people do. If you care so much you best be trying to feed them. A lot of you are probably just talk. Easy for folks to ask God to call down solutions to the consequence of our wickedness, but expecting him to ignore our culpability; lack thereof of contributions to correct: or call us to account.

    Recycling the words of Dennis Green- Yeah, you are who God says you are- arrogant, presumptuous sinners. That’s why it takes humility to see, understand and reach out to the gift God’s given us in Jesus Christ. In Jesus, we have the power of pray.

    So, Go on, Russell, give God all the glory. whether anyone understands or NOT!

  132. singhgill says: Jan 20, 2015 7:05 PM

    If you didn’t care, then why write a full article mocking his views?

  133. rap49er says: Jan 20, 2015 7:08 PM

    I always associate the Seahawks and God, as in “God, I hate the Seahawks!”

  134. purplehaze28 says: Jan 20, 2015 7:10 PM

    He’s right.
    God tried to strike down the packers in Tampa Bay, …but he missed and got those 7 poor fans, instead…

  135. redsoxu571 says: Jan 20, 2015 7:15 PM

    I think one of the greatest distortions of the Christian message over the centuries has been to encourage people to think that God controls all outcomes, and that to affect your fate you need to put yourself in the hands of God. As with any good parent, God wants YOU to control your fate, and to do so by following the positive examples set before us. If you think God is at your side as you fight through the hard times, that’s wonderful, but if you think God is going to just carry you through, I say you’d be very wrong.

  136. metalhead80 says: Jan 20, 2015 7:28 PM

    The Packers must hate God right about now. Either that or they have enough sense to know that the end result of a football game is a function of skill, preparation and some luck – just like everything else in this life.

    I am one of the thousands of godless Seahawk fans in attendance that appreciated the hard work and talent these athletes have and give them 100% of the credit for what they accomplish – even if they don’t.

    It feels like he is saying that God made him suck to make the victory more sweet to deflect some of the blame for having played so poorly for 55 minutes. Be a man and accept that you sucked because you played poorly and be proud that you pulled it out in heroic fashion. No need to use religion to shallow up the canyon you fell into headfirst or make the mountain you climbed against all odds into a mole hill.

    But in the end he can believe what he wants to believe and I will still enjoy watching him play the game.

    Go Hawks!

  137. purplehaze28 says: Jan 20, 2015 7:34 PM

    If god can’t be bothered to end suffering in Africa or stop child molesters and rapists he has a lot of explaining to do if he has anything to do with a football GAME.
    —–
    former Packer Darren Sharper!

  138. purplehaze28 says: Jan 20, 2015 7:35 PM

    It really seemed like God was a huge Packer fan for about 57 Minutes and then just thought the game was over so he took a nap.
    ———————–
    No! He had to cover someone on a sneeze!

  139. granadafan says: Jan 20, 2015 7:41 PM

    deltaoracle says: Jan 20, 2015 3:59 PM
    Wonder if he’ll catch half the grief Tebow did. I’m guessing no.
    ==========================================

    The problem with Tebow as that he was so in-your-face about religion with the scriptures on the eye black, making a politically charged Super Bowl commercial, preaching at extremist mega churches, and praising God/Jesus in EVERY SINGLE interview. That’s why he got so much grief. However, he also made his extremist religion choice political by campaigning with ultra conservative politicians and also appearing on Fox News with Sarah Palin.

    Religion is fine, but shoving it down people’s throat is not fine.

  140. belgaron says: Jan 20, 2015 7:59 PM

    spartyfi says:
    “…(God) cares about how you live your life and treat those around you.

    This is why I can’t stand Russel Wilson, not because of his religion, but because of the ignorance in how he believes.”

    *********************************

    You clearly do not know much about Russell Wilson, how he lives, nor how he treats people.

  141. Ridley Me This says: Jan 20, 2015 8:15 PM

    Now imagine the Patriots blow out and Wilson is embarrassed in the Superbowl.

    I wonder what God will be telling him with that message.

  142. riverbrigand says: Jan 20, 2015 8:15 PM

    He always seemed like a nice enough guy, but he’s a nut.

  143. crappygovernment says: Jan 20, 2015 8:23 PM

    A real Christian would have said Jesus rather than ‘God.’ God could be Vishnu, Shiva, Molech, Allah etc depending on the faith of the sayer. Russell Wilson is a yoga practicing Hindu by the way, not a Christian.

  144. seattlesue427 says: Jan 20, 2015 8:23 PM

    The entire problem is the word “God”. It causes a knee jerk reaction in people that is absolutely unparalleled. If he had said that “life” sometimes piles adversity on top of adversity just to test you and see what you’re made of, then everyone would be fine with it. He so much as mentions the word “God” and everyone is up in arms. It doesn’t matter what you believe in this situation. It doesn’t matter what I believe. He was simply expressing what HE believes.

    “Life” is so good! Go Hawks!

  145. crappygovernment says: Jan 20, 2015 8:32 PM

    A poll from 2011 found that 40+% of Americans felt that Jesus was helping Tebow win games to win back lost souls. That’s 120,000,000+ people!

  146. iamdinguskhan says: Jan 20, 2015 8:36 PM

    Nobody is saying Wilson is bad or wrong believing or praising God. But the theory that God intervened in the outcome of the game is childish and arrogant. You can list bible verses all you want but nobody is impressed and your not saving anyone here. This is a simple comment area on a sports talk site not bible study. You can always go on that Christian dating site and impress someone

  147. judsonjr says: Jan 20, 2015 8:43 PM

    Was it God’s intervention, or did Pete Carroll find a way to re-sell his soul to the devil again?

  148. 12thman84 says: Jan 20, 2015 8:47 PM

    Ya, make fun of a guy’s religious beliefs………what a bunch of jealous low class haters.

    On to the Super Bowl

    Go Hawks

  149. 12thman84 says: Jan 20, 2015 8:49 PM

    Was it God’s intervention, or did Pete Carroll find a way to re-sell his soul to the devil again?
    ——————————

    Careful, your jealousy is showing.

    On to the Super Bowl

    Go Hawks

  150. barcthespark says: Jan 20, 2015 9:00 PM

    It’s kind of scary when grown men and women believe in fairy tales and think imaginary beings guide everything in their life.

  151. iamdinguskhan says: Jan 20, 2015 9:12 PM

    No jealousy here just stating the reality that Wilson doesn’t seem to get…he sucked except one play…his divine intervention was his defense is the legion of boom.

  152. thereyougo2 says: Jan 20, 2015 9:35 PM

    Whew! Good for you Russell Wilson. You said what you felt. Period.

  153. filmex2000 says: Jan 20, 2015 10:00 PM

    Wilson can believe in anything he wants to, but sharing it with the country–unsolicited–is something else.

    I’m reminded of the old Texas proverb, “Lord, help me to seek the truth, but spare me the company of those that claim to have found it”.

  154. mellimac says: Jan 20, 2015 10:45 PM

    Some folks need a crutch, and well, have at it, but I do cringe when I hear some dude on national TV thanking god for divine intervention in a football game. I’m thinking three things, this guy needs a fairy tale to explain what happened on the field of play (he played like a 3rd string for 55min, then a HoF’er for the rest), he really got his head whacked good, and is this what it takes to be a professional sports player?
    I wish I was so gullible…I could be playing football.

  155. hawkmode says: Jan 20, 2015 11:19 PM

    stellarperformance says:
    Jan 20, 2015 4:41 PM
    I guess that means the “12th Man” left early before all the churches could fill up with thankful fans? Is that why the heralded 12th man went home, or would they prefer not to witness the butt-kicking Green Bay laid on them?

    What a bunch of overrated crap. 12th man my eye…..fake sound, fake fans. A pretender.

    Two best teams this year are New England and Green Bay. Seattle is just the luckiest, that’s all. They can grin and admit it and have some fun, but don’t pretend this Seattle team is anything special. Yep. God likes them. Uh huh.

    I have never in my life cheered for an AFC team…..until now.
    ——————————————————————

    If you can stomach the idea of watching your team lose again watch the re-run of the game and take notice the packed house that went nuts when the best team won. 50 fans left when the Hawks had 0.000% probability of winning but every true 12 knows that the Hawks haven’t lost until the clock hits 0:00.

    So, having said that go ahead a root for the Pats but, dont get butt hurt when you watch the Hawks win their second Lombardi two years in a row.

    #GOHAWKS
    #PACKFAIL

  156. speadkills says: Jan 21, 2015 12:17 AM

    As a Seahawks fan, I’m just going to gladly let Russell believe what it takes for Russell to perform well.

    Personally, I think God messes with the air pressure in footballs and has a good laugh at our expense.

  157. 12thman84 says: Jan 21, 2015 12:57 AM

    It’s kind of scary when grown men and women believe in fairy tales and think imaginary beings guide everything in their life.
    ——————————–

    It’s kind of scary when grown men and women feel the need to tell others what they should and shouldn’t believe in….

    Go Hawks

  158. txnative65 says: Jan 21, 2015 3:05 AM

    His belief enabled him to overcome despair and take full advantage of each opportunity presented late in the game. Belief can change the course of events, for better or worse, so in effect faith makes God real. So whether exists outside of ourselves, or as a sort of illusion to inspire and fortify us is for each person to decide, but God does affect human interaction—even football games.

  159. diehardpackfan says: Jan 21, 2015 8:30 AM

    Russell Wilson is a crybaby. I think the Patriots are going to give him a reason to cry…and an ass-whooping.

  160. gashmr says: Jan 21, 2015 11:17 AM

    I don’t know what God thinks, or does, or cares about.

    I think the real point is that Russell Wilson’s FAITH in God leads Russell to the conclusion that in Russell’s personal relationship with his Creator, God plays a part in his success and in his life.
    It is not so much what God does or doesn’t care about. It is about what Russell Wilson believes God cares about. He chooses to believe that God cares about him.

    This young man never derides anybody else, he never boasts, or struts. He palys football and gives thanks for the talents he believes God blessed him with.

    He also freely gives of himself to try in his way to help sick children. He really seems to be a genuinely decent and kind person.

    He was honest and admitted that in his early years he was a bully but turned his life aound. Once again he attributes this to God as Russell Wilson perceives God.

    We are all free to believe as we like, to have faith in the things that we feel deserve our faith. If you do not believe in God you have that freedom. Seems to me that Russell Wislon does believe in God and was honestly overcome by what he perceives are the blessings in his life.

  161. nrae73 says: Jan 22, 2015 4:51 PM

    It would be better if God wasn’t so busy helping Russel Wilson and had time to help some of those kids with cancer…the ones Wilson’s PR guy makes him visit to get that contract.

  162. cajunrevenge says: Jan 27, 2015 3:48 AM

    Why is Wilson thanking Drew Brees?

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