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Aaron Rodgers uses social media to express gratitude for divine intervention

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After the Seahawks beat the Packers in the 2014 NFC title game, Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson gave the credit to the win — and the double-digit hole from which his team had to emerge due to four Wilson interceptions — to God. After the Packers beat the Seahawks in Week Two of the 2015 season, Rodgers took a jab at Wilson for his belief that God chooses sides when it comes to football. (The gesture apparently prompted Rodgers’ brother to choose sides against Aaron.)

Now that a memorable (but ultimately unsuccessful) season has ended for the Packers, Rodgers has taken to Twitter to renew his tongue-in-cheek gratitude to entities with better things to do than nudge a football in one direction or the other.

“Have to start my return by thanking for an exciting season,” Rodgers said. “Tell your sons mother I said thank you for those two throws.”

He’s referring to a pair of Hail Mary throws that were among the most exciting plays of the season. One came on a Thursday night in Detroit, when Rodgers launched a rocket that nearly hit the rafters at Ford Field. The other came at the end of a thrilling division-round matchup at Arizona, when Rodgers’ knack for connecting on deep desperations throws made some (OK, me) suggest that the Hail Mary play should be made a standard part of the team’s offense.

Some (OK, not me) will undoubtedly take offense at Rodgers’ tweet, calling it disrespectful or sacrilegious. That’s not my call. Besides, I’m not the one who’d be going to hell over it.

Then again, it’s possible God already has taken revenge on Rodgers by reaching down with a pinky toe and preventing a certain coin from flipping.

OK, that’s the one I’d be going to hell for.

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81 Responses to “Aaron Rodgers uses social media to express gratitude for divine intervention”
  1. numba1wiscosportsfan says: Feb 16, 2016 12:55 PM

    Hm. MAybe M GUY ROGERS should focus more on the game and less on tweeter. Just me 5 cents. LETS GO PACK! PACK ATTACK!!!

  2. freedomofspeechyesway says: Feb 16, 2016 12:55 PM

    Why is he becoming a snarky diva for no apparent reason at all? If he thinks he’s somehow making genuinely religious people look silly for thanking God, he definitely isnt. He, however, looks oddly bitter.

  3. itbacw says: Feb 16, 2016 12:55 PM

    How much of a tool must Aaron be that even his own brother took Wilson’s side?

  4. vikingforlife says: Feb 16, 2016 12:57 PM

    Divine intervention? Ha! Both CATCHES were great, I’ll give you that, and that is all. The refs made the first one happen, not God.

  5. keepingitlogical says: Feb 16, 2016 1:00 PM

    Haters gonna hate. AR is a funny dude, but I can see how some people can’t keep up.

  6. therealraider says: Feb 16, 2016 1:04 PM

    Going out of your way to mock something 90% of humans believe in probably isnt the best way to endear yourself to the masses.

  7. vonmillertime says: Feb 16, 2016 1:04 PM

    If you are going to invoke religion and God when discussing secular topics on public television that have absolutely nothing to do with religion or God (i.e. a football game) then be prepared to get made fun of a little bit. They are your beliefs and you have every right to talk about them, but by bringing them up you are opening them up to public discussion, and others who maybe don’t share your view could weigh in.

    Remember how much people talked about Arian Foster’s atheist comments? Same situation, except people who slammed Foster likely didn’t realize that he is doing the exact same the Wilson does, he just has a different belief system.

    I am all for Wilson saying what he said and, on the flip side, I am all for Rodgers and Foster saying what they said. Welcome to America folks.

  8. truthfactory says: Feb 16, 2016 1:04 PM

    If someone believes in God, it is completely appropriate to believe that God plays a role in ALL aspects of their lives. Playing football is a game, but it’s also their livelihood and a huge part of the players as people. People who believe in God pray for a promotions at work, “landing a big sale” that could help their careers, or guidance for which career path to choose.

    Our jobs are a big part of who we are. The success and challenges of our jobs can play a big part of our moods and how we handle adversity. While God may not care about the final score, someone may believe that what happens within a game or a season can be a microcosim for a lesson they think God wants to teach them.

  9. willycents says: Feb 16, 2016 1:05 PM

    I wonder if he will tweet blaming God for his knee surgeries? Maybe he should be a little careful mocking via twitter before something bad happens to him.
    As that french philosopher said (paraphrased): Better to live like there is a god, and find out there is not, than live like there is not, and find out there is.

  10. vonmillertime says: Feb 16, 2016 1:06 PM

    vikingforlife says:
    Feb 16, 2016 12:57 PM
    Divine intervention? Ha! Both CATCHES were great, I’ll give you that, and that is all. The refs made the first one happen, not God.
    —————————————————————-

    He was being sarcastic.

  11. harrisonhits2 says: Feb 16, 2016 1:07 PM

    Will all the war, mayhem, crime and evil things that go on the world every day to think that some divine being cares the slightest about a sporting contest is pathetic.

    Any divine beings out there have much bigger problems to deal with.

  12. shaggytoodle says: Feb 16, 2016 1:07 PM

    From what I understand his parents are Christians, maybe he was the kid that got dragged to church every Sunday and hated it, or maybe he just chooses to praise in his own way, on his own time.

    Either way I don’t think it’s an article worthy, tweet, but I also understand it’s a week after the SB and you guys must feel like your ha ds are tied til the Combine and FA start.

  13. crownofthehelmet says: Feb 16, 2016 1:07 PM

    Give the guy a break, it’s tough to one-up Olivia Munn in social media these days.

  14. starrfavrerodgers says: Feb 16, 2016 1:08 PM

    Rodgers is a pretty religious guy, but he finds it humorous when athletes try to bring religion into sports. He’s not taking a shot at God; if anything, he’s “subtweeting” Russell Wilson.

  15. ariani1985 says: Feb 16, 2016 1:08 PM

    Red carpet diva!

  16. buckybadger says: Feb 16, 2016 1:10 PM

    numba1wiscosportsfan says:
    Feb 16, 2016 12:55 PM
    Hm. MAybe M GUY ROGERS should focus more on the game and less on tweeter. Just me 5 cents. LETS GO PACK! PACK ATTACK!!!

    ———————-

    So guy has to spend every waking hour of his life thinking about football? He was having a little fun, that is all. We are allowed to still have fun right?

  17. buckybadger says: Feb 16, 2016 1:10 PM

    For those that don’t know, some don’t seem to here, TheTweetOfGod is a satire.

  18. dcapettini says: Feb 16, 2016 1:10 PM

    If people like Wilson do not want their beliefs to be ridiculed, they should keep them to themselves or when they are with others who believe as they do. To imagine that the Creator of the Universe cares about the outcome of professional football games is to invite reasonable people to find humor in the situation. Personally, I think that Russell Wilson is the one guilty of Sacrilege, not Aaron Rodgers.

  19. buckybadger says: Feb 16, 2016 1:12 PM

    shaggytoodle says:
    Feb 16, 2016 1:07 PM
    From what I understand his parents are Christians, maybe he was the kid that got dragged to church every Sunday and hated it, or maybe he just chooses to praise in his own way, on his own time.

    Either way I don’t think it’s an article worthy, tweet, but I also understand it’s a week after the SB and you guys must feel like your ha ds are tied til the Combine and FA start.

    —————————

    Rodgers is actually quite religious. He just likes to have a little fun too.

  20. SexBoat Captain says: Feb 16, 2016 1:14 PM

    Does anyone remember when this DB bet a years salary to a Twitter follower and lost the bet ? #exhonerated #ponyup #2015 Norris champs skol vikes !!!

  21. thefatlazygamer says: Feb 16, 2016 1:16 PM

    Are we sure he’s not just trolling Wilson again?

    Then again if I got to enter the bone zone with Munn every night on top of a pile of money, I would considered myself blessed enough to pray to a mythical creation as well.

  22. gtodriver says: Feb 16, 2016 1:16 PM

    Instead of spending his time on twitter, maybe he should spend his time practicing.

    The number of his throws that took a bounce before getting to the receiver or flew way over their heads this past year was amazing.

    Rodgers used to be a fairly accurate passer.

  23. Rdog says: Feb 16, 2016 1:19 PM

    Anyone who goes out of his way to make jokes about religion is a tool

  24. tim2200 says: Feb 16, 2016 1:20 PM

    Rodgers is a self absorbed diva. Always has been.

  25. Frazier28/7 says: Feb 16, 2016 1:21 PM

    don’t forget about those refs on both plays A-aron!

  26. awelter23 says: Feb 16, 2016 1:22 PM

    numba1wiscosportsfan says:
    Feb 16, 2016 12:55 PM
    Hm. MAybe M GUY ROGERS should focus more on the game and less on tweeter. Just me 5 cents. LETS GO PACK! PACK ATTACK!!!

    ________________________________

    Rodgers* doesn’t use twitter at all during the season…. he doesn’t tweet from August – Until their tragic exit in January so…. he is focused on the game.

  27. codythao35 says: Feb 16, 2016 1:23 PM

    How can this guy make the pro bowl? He’s complaining about anything, everything when things don’t go his way. It’s always about him but Packers fans he think he cares about them too. Lol

  28. bleedgreen says: Feb 16, 2016 1:25 PM

    willycents says:
    Feb 16, 2016 1:05 PM

    I wonder if he will tweet blaming God for his knee surgeries? Maybe he should be a little careful mocking via twitter before something bad happens to him.
    As that french philosopher said (paraphrased): Better to live like there is a god, and find out there is not, than live like there is not, and find out there is.
    ————————————–

    Why is it a necessity that if you don’t believe in God that you can’t/don’t/won’t live a good decent life? How many super right wing ‘Christians’ that thump the bible get caught up in all kinds of scandals? Whether you believe in an imaginary friend in the sky or not has very little bearing on who you are as a person. Look at all the wars started in the name of religion. How many wars were started in the name of atheism?

  29. Randy_Michigan says: Feb 16, 2016 1:26 PM

    Why does what other people say bother Aaron Rodgers so much? Maybe it’s because his one Super Bowl championship keeps receding in the rear view mirror and he’s closer to the end of his career than the beginning?

  30. usmutts says: Feb 16, 2016 1:26 PM

    When I watch Aaron Rodgers play the quarterback position I know two things. 1. There is a God. 2. He’s been awfully unfair to the other quarterbacks.

  31. starrfavrerodgers says: Feb 16, 2016 1:28 PM

    For everyone saying that Rodgers should get off Twitter and focus on football, check out his timeline. He stops tweeting before the season, and picks it up again after the Super Bowl. Hence the “start my return” reference he makes. He’s the rare athlete who gives up on social media during the season because he’s 100% focused on the task at hand.

  32. tootitan says: Feb 16, 2016 1:29 PM

    God has toes?

  33. sodakdh says: Feb 16, 2016 1:31 PM

    Hell is not a bible based teaching. God is love and would not torture his own creation. Sports figures disrespect God and this story comes close to that too.

  34. willycents says: Feb 16, 2016 1:40 PM

    “Why is it a necessity that if you don’t believe in God that you can’t/don’t/won’t live a good decent life? How many super right wing ‘Christians’ that thump the bible get caught up in all kinds of scandals? Whether you believe in an imaginary friend in the sky or not has very little bearing on who you are as a person. Look at all the wars started in the name of religion. How many wars were started in the name of atheism?”
    ——————————-

    The statement had nothing to do with BELIEVING in a god, simply with a recommendation on how to LIVE your life.

  35. steelerben says: Feb 16, 2016 1:40 PM

    Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to have a sense of humor about religion. If the jokes aren’t your cup of tea it doesn’t mean anyone needs to be condemned, that’s how we dealt with things in the Dark Ages.

  36. jgedgar70 says: Feb 16, 2016 1:44 PM

    I realize Rodgers is having a little fun, so I’ll have some also.

    Hey Aaron, good job continuing to give God credit for those throws. With that rickety WR group and Bread-ey Cakes-ey surrounding you, you’re going to need all of God’s help you can get next season. Maybe you should call Russell and ask if you can buy some of his Jesus Juice.

  37. RegisHawk says: Feb 16, 2016 1:58 PM

    It’s good that he thanks God, that’s the only explanation for any of his success that makes sense.

  38. doe22us says: Feb 16, 2016 1:59 PM

    All jokes aside, i was wondering if Teddy B could have made those throws?? My guess is hell no.. okay back to religious jokes.

  39. paulrevereshorse1775 says: Feb 16, 2016 2:01 PM

    freedomofspeechyesway says:
    Feb 16, 2016 12:55 PM

    Why is he becoming a snarky diva for no apparent reason at all? If he thinks he’s somehow making genuinely religious people look silly for thanking God, he definitely isnt. He, however, looks oddly bitter.

    ——–

    he’s just exercising his….uh…..freedom of speech

  40. gtodriver says: Feb 16, 2016 2:02 PM

    To those claiming Rodgers doesn’t use social media during the season…

    Just because he isn’t posting doesn’t mean he’s not spending time reading.

    He’s such a diva, he needs his daily dose of praise that the zealot Packer fans put up on social media 24/7/365…

  41. itsgettingchippy says: Feb 16, 2016 2:02 PM

    I just checked out @TheTweetOfGod, funny stuff. I had no idea God was a democrat!

  42. xavier179 says: Feb 16, 2016 2:05 PM

    Please Aaron, just don’t say anything because when you do it makes you sound like an imbecile.

  43. dangel61 says: Feb 16, 2016 2:17 PM

    As one famous individual mentioned, this all started when humankind didn’t know where the sun went at night or what a germ was.

    Also, why didn’t ‘god’ tell Wilson to check out of the slant play in SB 49? Or did ‘he’ tell Butler to jump the route?

    Its all so confusing.

  44. kylexitron says: Feb 16, 2016 2:17 PM

    I’m not a big fan of religion, but I’m even less of a fan of humor that just isn’t that funny.

    Aaron Rodgers has been given so much credit as the heir apparent as the league’s best qbs but it’s not amounting to much lately. So his constant back and forth between disgruntled whining victim and sarcastic sneering wise cracker just comes off as forced. I want to see a great QB enjoying the game and his opportunities. Rodgers seems to only have fun when he has an opportunity to be irreverent.

  45. thebirdofprey says: Feb 16, 2016 2:18 PM

    I am all for people having their own beliefs in religions or none at all. I even think people have a right to talk about how passionate they are about what they believe in.

    It is in complete bad taste and immature to mock anyone for their belief or non-belief. Aaron Rodgers that type of action is for the immature and weak. I am not even a Christian.

  46. purpleguy says: Feb 16, 2016 2:23 PM

    Big deal — people should appreciate that Rodgers doesn’t spew out the usual boring politically correct dribble.

  47. matt2131 says: Feb 16, 2016 2:28 PM

    truthfactory says:
    Feb 16, 2016 1:04 PM
    If someone believes in God, it is completely appropriate to believe that God plays a role in ALL aspects of their lives…. While God may not care about the final score, someone may believe that what happens within a game or a season can be a microcosim for a lesson they think God wants to teach them.
    —————–
    So why do they only thank God for their successes? They should thank him for failures and injuries, since there might be a divine lesson in those things, too.

    Thanking God when you win isn’t being religious, it’s being arrogant, claiming that you know God is on your side only and is against others.

  48. senatorblutarsky says: Feb 16, 2016 2:31 PM

    “He’s referring to a pair of Hail Mary throws that were among the most exciting plays of the season. One came on a Thursday night in Detroit, when Rodgers launched a rocket that nearly hit the rafters at Ford Field …”
    _____________________

    There was no divine intervention. There were two terrible calls that caused this. A facemask that never happened as time ran out. Then with no time remaining, an absolutely terrible defensive call by Caldwell. I wouldn’t call that divine intervention.

  49. filthymcnasty3 says: Feb 16, 2016 2:36 PM

    Awesome!!!

    Just, completely, awesome!!!

    This is the kind of stuff that makes Rodgers the most iconic and beloved player in all of sports.

  50. irishgary says: Feb 16, 2016 2:39 PM

    @codythao35

    By your standards, you would never make any type of pro bowl either.

    All you do is complain about the Packers

  51. byHim4u says: Feb 16, 2016 2:48 PM

    Because God works through people, therefore, whatever people are into i.e., sports… God is involved.

    God is not involved in sports how most people would assume He is, (preferring one team over another, etc.) but rather for the overall ‘spiritual benefit’ of man.

    And/if sports can (and it is) be used as conduit to convey what God wants man to know, learn and/or see, then that’s what God will use and He does and always has; whether it be through a football game or anything else man has put his hand to do.

  52. squared80 says: Feb 16, 2016 2:53 PM

    He’s as credible as his best buddy, Ryan Braun.

  53. stevegrogannakedbootleg says: Feb 16, 2016 2:53 PM

    I bet even he calls them hail Mary plays

  54. mmack66 says: Feb 16, 2016 2:58 PM

    harrisonhits2 says:
    Feb 16, 2016 1:07 PM

    Will all the war, mayhem, crime and evil things that go on the world every day to think that some divine being cares the slightest about a sporting contest is pathetic.

    Any divine beings out there have much bigger problems to deal with.
    ——————-

    I’m guessing that war, mayhem, crime, and evil things aren’t high on the list of problems for a divine being to deal with either.

  55. Frum Slum says: Feb 16, 2016 3:00 PM

    “some (OK, me) suggest that the Hail Mary play should be made a standard part of the team’s offense”

    —————————————————————————————————————–

    Good to see you own that. Usually a journalist will write or say something then make it seem like they were simply reporting what the masses were saying as a cop out.

  56. wantsomecheesewiththatwhine says: Feb 16, 2016 3:01 PM

    religion is the second leading cause of death and repression in history next to infectious diseases.

    either because you belong to a certain religion, or you don’t. ok, resources have a lot to do with it too, but religion is usually the excuse.

  57. maxkingpin says: Feb 16, 2016 3:02 PM

    I’m so glad my younger brother always has my back, as opposed to little Jordan Rodgers trying to get back at his big brother Aaron, who stole his milk money in 3rd grade.

  58. happywolverine says: Feb 16, 2016 3:05 PM

    Used to like this guy but came to see what a sneaky snake he is. can’t stand him

    That face mask dive he took against the Lions that led to the hail mary was shameful. How can he be proud of that?

    He’d fit right in with New England.

  59. bryantrulen says: Feb 16, 2016 3:08 PM

    I would not want to be almost engaged to olivia munn and her devil woman ways, im sorry aaron.

  60. usdcoyotesfan says: Feb 16, 2016 3:14 PM

    I agree, the Hail Mary against the Lions happened because of the refs. The Packers would’ve been in field goal range if the refs hadn’t missed a pass interference by the Lions on the 3rd to last play.

  61. dontcrybecauseyoureafanofthevikings says: Feb 16, 2016 3:50 PM

    Aaron’s got a dry sense of humor and most people surfing PFT can’t appreciate it. Then again, most PFT fans think “You might be a redneck…” jokes are comedic gold, so it explains a lot.

  62. lindacaseauthor says: Feb 16, 2016 4:01 PM

    Aaron Munn is just trying to keep himself in the news by continuing to milk, for all its worth, those stinkin Hail Marys. . . and religion has nothing to do with it. What a jerk!

  63. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Feb 16, 2016 4:05 PM

    Nobody likes Aaron. Not even his brother.

  64. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Feb 16, 2016 4:06 PM

    Why can’t we have a QB who shows class?

  65. deltaoracle says: Feb 16, 2016 4:42 PM

    If there is a God I’m pretty sure he has one hell of a sense of humor.

  66. deltaoracle says: Feb 16, 2016 4:42 PM

    Why can’t we have a QB who shows class?

    Don’t worry, the Vikings will be trying again in a few years.

  67. mataug says: Feb 16, 2016 4:50 PM

    I am a non-believer myself but if anybody’s not sure of his intentions here, just remember that the TheTweetOfGod twitter account is a parody account…

  68. ariani1985 says: Feb 16, 2016 4:56 PM

    Now that the packers are in hot pursuit of the fellow we know as big John Football it should be a good off season.

  69. nicofthenorthstar says: Feb 16, 2016 5:42 PM

    Nicely played, A-Rodge.

  70. vikingforlife says: Feb 16, 2016 5:43 PM

    Whatever….

  71. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Feb 16, 2016 5:51 PM

    Everyone knows I am a true Packer fan and Wisconsin’s Favorite Son. Unless you’re like Brendan Dassey or something. But you’re still welcome to come over and roast marshmallows with us.

  72. purpleandgoldforever says: Feb 16, 2016 6:04 PM

    filthymcnasty3 says:
    Feb 16, 2016 2:36 PM

    Awesome!!!

    Just, completely, awesome!!!

    This is the kind of stuff that makes Rodgers the most idiotic and loathed player in all of sports.

    Fixed it for ya

  73. usdcoyotesfan says: Feb 16, 2016 6:17 PM

    Atheism: The idea that there was once nothing, and nothing happened to the nothing until the nothing magically exploded for no reason and created everything (defying the law that mass can neither be created nor destroyed), and then some of everything magically arranged itself into self-replicating bits for no reason, which eventually turned into dinosaurs and monkeys.

    And yet atheists laugh at religious beliefs.

  74. itsgettingchippy says: Feb 16, 2016 6:31 PM

    lindacaseauthor says:
    Feb 16, 2016 4:01 PM

    Aaron Munn is just trying to keep himself in the news by continuing to milk, for all its worth, those stinkin Hail Marys. . . and religion has nothing to do with it. What a jerk!
    ______________________________

    I kinda think Rodgers knows religion had nothing to do with those Hail Marys. You do realize he wasn’t actually talking to God through Twitter, right?

  75. vikingforlife says: Feb 16, 2016 6:36 PM

    Atheism: (actual definition) a lack of belief in god(s).

  76. nosleeptilsb says: Feb 16, 2016 6:55 PM

    Favre>Rodgers Wilson>Rodgers Rodgers>Crabs

  77. MossMoon2Packers says: Feb 16, 2016 7:02 PM

    Lighten-up, folks. It’s actually a pretty funny tweet. He’s poking fun at @TheTweetOfGood, who is funny, too. Good one, Rodgers.

  78. wiscobear says: Feb 16, 2016 11:01 PM

    Rodgers is an enigma when it comes to his faith. For example he listens to cheesy Christian alt rock bands but seems to really hate it when other players thank God after football games.

  79. filthymcnasty3 says: Feb 17, 2016 11:12 AM

    Rodgers has this uncanny knack for making Viking fans feel even more inferior to normal folks.

  80. jtylert says: Feb 17, 2016 11:43 AM

    Um… it is a KNOWN FACT that whichever team has more players praying for a win before a game is the one that wins. Belief in god is a 1:1 correlation to winning.

  81. slickhawk says: Feb 17, 2016 6:20 PM

    To think there’s starving children all over the world and god does nothing for them but yet makes sure someone wins a football game is ridiculous. “The WHOLE world is lying in the hands of the wicked one.” Not to say god don’t care about the kids because he will make everything right in the end.

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