Russell Wilson says God spoke to him right after Super Bowl interception

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That new Russell Wilson interview, nearly a full hour in all, contains plenty of interesting things. Along with multiple examples of Wilson hearing the voice of God, directly and audibly.

The one that surely will get the most media attention comes from Wilson’s claim that God told Wilson not to have premarital relations with his new girlfriend, Ciara. But Wilson also says God spoke to him after that fateful interception at the end of Super Bowl XLIX.

“The play happens, and they pick the ball off. And I take three steps,” Wilson said. “And on the third step God says to me, ‘I’m using you. . . . I want to see how you respond. But most importantly I want them to see how you respond.”

Plenty of athletes and non-athletes over the years have claimed to have a direct pipeline to God. For those of us who believe in God but haven’t heard Him speak in an audible voice but have felt His nudge at a more vague and visceral level, a claim that He uses actual words with others can be both confusing and a bit off-putting. For those who believe that God doesn’t care about the outcome of sporting events, a claim that He is preparing an athlete for similar situations in the future can be both confusing and off-putting.

Regardless, Wilson seems to be saying that, above the din and the chaos of the moment, he heard God say, “I want to see how you respond. But most importantly I want them to see how you respond.”

I’m not sure I want to see how some of you will respond in the comments.

301 responses to “Russell Wilson says God spoke to him right after Super Bowl interception

  1. Love Wilson since I’m a Seahawks fan but nothing will turn fans off more than the contract talk than hearing a player act like God’s chosen sportsball playerguy.

  2. Always respected Wilson for his faith and possibly liked him a little more because of it, but it’s going a tad overboard now and getting a little weird.

  3. All I ask if for people to not think he is totally off his rocker. The man has made it this far in life by believing that he is following God, so don’t completely dismiss it.

  4. God told him well done for giving the goat HC/QB combo of Brady and Belichick a 4th ring.

    Then he said Andrew Luck is getting a bigger contract than you.

  5. Pete Carroll is no dummy, he knows he can’t coach a guy if that guy is simultaneously getting direction from God himself.

    I don’t think he’s doing himself any favors if he wants to be the highest paid football player of all time. He’s proving himself to be remarkably self absorbed, even on a team of with some enormous egos.

  6. I can’t wait to read the comments from the peanut gallery here.

    On topic though, I wish Russell would have duct tape over his mouth.

  7. Sounds like Wilson should stop worrying about that contract and start worrying about how harshly the NFL is going to start drug testing him.

  8. He makes himself sound like he’s the son of god.

    How long will the locker room and/or Hawk fans continue to find this stuff adorable?

  9. Anyone who likes this guy more than a 6th rd pick out of michigan who worked his tail to get where he is and keeps his mouth shut publicly is insane

  10. Are we going to see same consistency of abuse out of the NFL, its media and fans with its treatment of Wilson the way we did with Tebow. I doubt it !!!!!!!

  11. I guess people can convince themselves of darn near anything. It is quite odd when the inconsistencies are apparent. On one hand Wilson believes God is all-knowing and created/controls everything in the universe. On the other hand Wilson believes God took the time to single him out, actually spoke to him, and basically said He has no idea what will happen or how people will respond. Which is it? I am not mocking his or anyone else’s religion. I simply ask because both beliefs cannot be true because they are contradictory.

  12. sonoco says:

    How long will the locker room and/or Hawk fans continue to find this stuff adorable?
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    It depends on if they’re all bigoted Christianphobes or not. Reggie White’s teammates didn’t seem to mind.

  13. I’m pretty sure QBs helmets have speakers in them.

    So did Wilson hear God? or does Pete use “God” as his callsign when using his headset?

  14. Anybody who talks to God is cheating. Russell Wilson is a cheater. C’mon Goodell…we can’t take performance enhanced chemicals, but we can cohort with God to change the outcome of games. Ban him for life. We can’t have God screwing up NFL parity.

  15. Even people like me, who are moderately religious just want him to stop.

    I have a feeling we’re gonna find out some really bad stuff about this dude in the future.

  16. It’s nice of God to take time out from his busy day to chat with a guy playing a game for millions of dollars.

  17. As a lifelong die-hard Seahawks fan, I love Russell Wilson the football player. That being said, this type of stuff is very off-putting.

  18. This is totally true because it states clearly in Leviticus 72:16-3 1/3:
    Thou shalt not offend the Lord thy Football God by stomping your feet after throwing a game-losing interception.”

  19. No man…just no. I’m a believer, a christian and all. I’ve got nothing against Russel, a good player. Just stop it.

  20. If I was God, I would whisper in the ear of world leaders and people who could actually make a difference. Very doubtful I would talk to quarterbacks, and if I did, it would be Tebow.

  21. Russel Wilson demanding to be the richest QB of all time and losing his marbles is the best news 49ers fans have had in 2 years.

  22. Somebody needs to tell this over rated punk that God has much more important things to rather than watch the Super Bowl. Maybe his over rated coach should have been listening for a play call

  23. Not reading anything above but I’m sure it’s a great representation of our culture today. American society is down in the dumps but people want to be critical of those trying to do the right thing

    Disgusting how the media encourages the criticism and trolls people of faith

  24. Just because you haven’t heard God’s voice does not mean he doesn’t speak to those who follow him.

  25. He should consider himself lucky. God could have given him a brain tumor so he could show the world how to deal with adversity.

  26. thedom2424 says:
    Jul 6, 2015 6:28 PM
    As a lifelong die-hard Seahawks fan, I love Russell Wilson the football player. That being said, this type of stuff is very off-putting.

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    Kurt Warner was the same way early on – then he suddenly stopped. It was almost as if he had an epiphany and realized that he could better serve his cause by keeping his mouth shut and allowing his actions and deeds to do the talking for him.

    Ten bucks says his agent reigned him in……

  27. I like Russell Wilson. He seems like a nice kid. That said, anyone who thinks that, with everything going on in the world, that their God is more concerned about whether a QB sleeps with his girlfriend and not, oh I don’t know, starving people, cancer victims, or warmongers all over the world needs their head examined.

  28. And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. Boom! Roasted!

  29. In other words, a) he has no responsibility for the pick because, well, god wanted to use him and that’s what it took, and b) god must be a sadist or Russell’s a new Job. Can’t wait to see what god cooks up to challenge Russell’s responses this year!

  30. Good for God to pick up English to serve NFL players.

    And ofcourse Roger Goodell fined God for unauthorised contact with player.

    Atleast RW is giving the glory to God unlike his RB who gives the glory to this crotch.

  31. I may be Russell’s biggest fan and I’m a Panthers fan, but I’m a little embarrassed by all this. People are conflating everything now and he’s giving them fuel.

    He never said he wanted to be the highest paid player, but I’m sure he feels that the true market value would make him that and I agree. That’s how QB contracts work. No big deal, until the next guy signs a bigger contract.

    He deserves to be paid, but please don’t start carrying a bible everywhere and Ciara may be gone now that he put that bit of intimate knowledge out there. Strong in his conviction, he’s showing rare naivete for a man 26 years old.

  32. Well that’s a relief, I thought that maybe he had thrown the ball too softly and just a bit off target, but now we know Jesus hates the Seahawks.

  33. God doesn’t give a rat’s ass about the Super Bowl or the NFL IMO, God’s not really a sports fan.

    That being said, if Wilson is saying his message was that he feels he’s capable of greater things and that loss is teaching moment, I will believe him.

  34. I’m another Seahawks fan. I’m not happy with Russell Wilson’s comments. His relationship choices are not my business. I don’t care to know God speaks to him in an audible voice, either.

    I believe he will bitterly regret giving this interview.

  35. Seems perfectly reasonable… with all the problems God has to deal with, global warming, wars everywhere, rampant greed, the illogical paradoxes of quantum mechanics (still figuring out how He made all those quarks fit!), um yeah, he stopped to talk to you, Russell. Because you’re special.

  36. Maybe it was a fake girlfriend saying your overrated. The team can’t win unless they cheat by holding receivers and using PED’s .

  37. People who think they have a direct pipeline to the Almighty can be fun eccentric crackpots until they get power. Then they’re the most dangerous form of life.

  38. 1. I don’t think God cares about the outcome of a football game.
    2. I don’t think God cares about Russell any more than he cares about anyone else.
    3. I’ll bet Russell agrees with 1 and 2

    I do think God speaks to those who listen, believe He is the Almighty Creator and are prepared to be obedient followers, and give Him the glory. God loves people, not football. God is good all the time. All the time God is good.

  39. I might add as well if you think God can only speak to one person at a time, then you may not know the creator of the universe.

  40. Too bad God didn’t tell him that Malcolm Butler would jump the pick route.

    I like Russell Wilson as a football player. A little too high schoolish rah rah for my taste, but I like him. That said, questionable play call or not, I’ve never seen anyone skate so much on throwing the game losing interception to lose a Super Bowl like he has. I understand the Lynch angle, but you all know if Brady or Manning threw that pass they would be hammered for it for all eternity. Weird.

  41. Mike Salk is crying within because of these comments so I’m happy in that aspect. But aside from that… wow what a nut job.

  42. I do not go to church on a regular basis but do believe there is a God. Whatever each faith calls him there is a big guy upstairs in control of things. If the young man says God spoke to him then so be it. Cannot knock someone for believing that. Much better then his inner self telling him to go get hammered because he blew a pass play.

    There are many things that cannot be explained. As are any things that do not have to be explained. He believes God spoke to him? That’s cool. I am in no position to knock him for that.

  43. “And on the third step God says to me, ‘I’m using you. . . . I want to see how you respond. ”

    God should have told him to look out for Butler.

  44. you have to the liberals on this site. it’s perfectly fine to espouse gay rights and whatever else that fits the gay liberal agenda but let an athlete profess his faith and that is stepping over the line and offensive. I am offended by everything about the gay liberal agena and while not a church goer myself would much rather read about that than what liberals promote.

  45. Now the universe, he built 100 billion stars and countless more planets and but he only put life on one of them and communicates thru Russel Wilson? I just can’t figure out why people don’t attend church anymore.

  46. While I definitely enjoyed the above comments as I knew I would, let me remind all the God is Omnipotent and God is everywhere and. Speaks to all who listen.
    NOW: Back to the blasphemy.

  47. Why didn’t God whisper to Russell… “Pssst! Russell my child…audible this ridiculous play call to a run!” Maybe God was sick of Lynch grabbing his junk after scoring touchdowns?

    Quite the can of worms you opened here Florio.

  48. Sports in general are a cesspool of sins that his God would NEVER be cool with. His God would NEVER support the game, let alone pull that with Russell. Let’s think about this: LUST – Hot cheerleaders on every sideline, hot chicks in the beer ads, etc. GLUTTONY – We stuff our faces with enough food and beer in on a Sunday to help third world countries. The players’ weight is pure gluttony. GREED – (Russell’s favorite) 100mil contracts, TV deals, sponsorships, money, money, money. Greed runs the most rampant. SLOTH – both definitions work, think how many lazy people consume and consume. Also, lack of God, which most fans and people have the anti God appeal when it comes to players supporting God. WRATH – well, football has a little bit of anger we can admit safely. Think of all the career/season ending injuries that are common place. ENVY – Every player envies their neighbor and wants more, more money, more stats, more, more, more. PRIDE – The act of competition and believing that you are better than others, every game, every week.

    Russell’s God wants no part of Football, it’s just endless sinning.

  49. Thanks God, Wilson could’ve used some words about 20 seconds earlier…specifically “Don’t throw a slant pattern into traffic in the middle of the field…but if you do, hit the guy in the stomach, don’t make him stretch his arms”.

    As a Seahawks fan, getting weary of this guy’s act this offseason. Sure, not going around bragging or beating women. Time for the PR dept or Pete/John Schnieder to step in and speak to him, in their own godly way, and tell him to tone it down.

    Have to wonder how this is playing in the dressing room.

  50. The human race will never achieve its potential as long as there are people who still believe what the cavemen did, when they couldn’t explain what that big bright thing in the sky was.
    The first clue is right under your nose – your day of “worship” is called SUNday.

    – Science has questions that may never be answered.
    – Religion has answers that may never be questioned.

  51. Now the universe, he built 100 billion stars and countless more planets but he only put life on one of them and communicates thru Russell Wilson? I just can’t figure out why people don’t attend church anymore.

  52. I’ll bet that voice sounded a lot like Jim Harbaugh!

    I like watching RW play football, and I think he’s the perfect quarterback for this team. On the field. But off the field, he’s a walking, talking, ticking time-bomb. His smarmy persona makes me feel exactly the same way I felt about Tiger Woods (Yucky) in the two years leading up to the day the truth came out and his career went down the tubes, and I wasn’t the least bit surprised. Nobody is that clean, nobody is that perfect.

    Russell seems like an intelligent kid, so it’s beyond my understanding why he’s digging such a deep hole for himself. But I’m always saddened by young people who have been so dogmatized that they’ve forgotten how to exercise their free-will and think for themselves instead of acting like sheep and following the crowd.

    I won’t be surprised when he falls in that hole he’s digging. And before you get on me, I personally hope he doesn’t.

    One more thing: after a statement like this, how can his coaching staff trust him to follow orders if they’re afraid that what they say may be superseded or over-ruled by “God.” Given the way the coach and GM have handled individually-minded players over the last two years, I won’t be surprised to hear about a trade. Carroll and Shneider just don’t put up with this kind of crap, for anybody, and I don’t think they’re going to start now.

    It could be bye-bye time for Russell (Son-of-Sam) Wilson.

  53. Why would God want to see how people respond to him if God is omniscient? Wouldn’t he already know?

  54. while kids are starving to death, God was too busy watching the Super Bowl to feed them, at least God didn’t speak through a burning football.

  55. Weird how God would target a greedy divorcee with his own words.

    I’m thinking Clay Matthews hit was probably ringing around in this egomaniac’s nogggin more than the word of any such God.

    Also, if you watch the video, Wilson’s response to hearing the direct communication of the Almighty is to shake his head, take off his helmet and clap in disgust. So either he responded to God’s voice with disgust or he made it all up.

  56. A question for Wilson..I’m sure you heard the saying,”Therefor who God joined together, let no man put asunder”.Now you would like us to believe that God just looked the other way when you divorced your wife, and now he wants you to honor Him by not having sex with your girlfriend?..Sorry but even the believers don’t believe you.

  57. All I ask if for people to not think he is totally off his rocker. The man has made it this far in life by believing that he is following God, so don’t completely dismiss it.

    Yes, that he is following God, not that God is following HIS career. Including actually watching the Super Bowl!

  58. If it sells more Russell Wilson jerseys to kids and chuch goers, the NFL is fine with it. The guy is a marketing machine.

  59. Come on man….Russell……You and I know that He called you………..An Idiot………… for not running the ball and throwing that interception.

  60. I’m not a religious man. But I am a Patriots fan, and if it was God that made him throw that pick, then I think I may need to go to church this Sunday and revisit my stance on faith.

  61. “The almighty tells me He can get me out of this mess, but He’s pretty sure [Russell is] f’d.”

    – Stephen, The Most Wanted Man on His Island

  62. You know, any grown man that gets divorced then begins the rantings of a “Bristol Palin-type” as in “God told me not to have premarital sex” needs to slow it down, tape his trap shut and let his athleticism speak for him. No more interviews as he’s starting to resemble a “Looney-Toon” and hopefully, hopefully he’ll end up getting paid. I followed this man from NC State to his tremendous season with Wisconsin and just “knew” that if he got a chance he could make things happen. He just needs to “Clamp It” on the religion. It’s awesome to have it but preaching it is only going to distance him from the team and endorsement dollars. His agent needs to step in !!! Ridiculous………

  63. What if God really did speak with him? God probably was watching that game and felt really badly about what happened. God might’ve even had a little side wager with Satan, who was obviously going for the Patriots.

  64. God told him you are crazy if you think you should be the highest paid NFL player! Not even in the top 20 at the NFL QB position! If you had no #1 defense, you wouldn’t even be a starting QB! The defense made you look better then you are, at best a back-up!

  65. He said, ‘Russell, remember, despite their 7-9 record…the number 1 offense in the league was led by none other than…Drew Brees…again. Keep trying to be more like him.’

  66. I remember the first thing Russell said after the interception when coming off the field to Coach “What happened?”
    and Pete told him!!

  67. ocd2828 says:
    Jul 6, 2015 6:05 PM

    Anyone who likes this guy more than a 6th rd pick out of michigan who worked his tail to get where he is and keeps his mouth shut publicly is insane
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    Well other than the incessant cheating thing.

  68. Actually I think what God said was nice” pass kid I had the Pats on the money line…….nice cash oh yea I will get you a new contract next year maybe even make you the highest paid player in the leauge”

  69. You speak to god = you’re religious

    God literally speaks to you = you’re crazy

    – George Carlin

    I really wanted to like this kid, but the more he talks (and he’s talking a lot considering he lost) the less I like him…

  70. And God said:
    “Not even I can forgive that throw”

    “Just when I thought I’d seen it al…”

    “I gave you that arm and THIS is what you do with it?”

    “I give up, I’m going back to baseball”

    ” I bet Gabriel a dozen donuts on you, he’s never going to let me hear the end of this”

    “Sorry, but you used up your third wish last week”

    “Nice prayer, but you didn’t say please”

  71. God saw Sherman’s shameless boasting, jumped ship and gave the SB to the Patriots. God wanted to see your response. Not to clap your hands but to bop Sherman on the head to teach him humility. Wrong response. He could have given you a pass on chastity.

  72. If God spoke to you Russell, he told you that you have an idiot for a head coach. Case closed

  73. Lord, please use Russell Wilson 6 more times when he plays the Browns this year. Amen.

  74. If any other person says they hear voices they would be advised to seek medical treatment. But you just slap God on it and people support it?
    Tried watching that ridiculous interview, how can these people get up in front of people who admire them and completely lie ?
    But he did answer the question most people have wanted confirmation, Wilson said over and over God speaks to him and God is a “he”. At least that is cleared up, unless Wilson is a crazy person.

  75. The same losers who go all apecrazy when a football player is a drug hate a guy who is an outstanding citizen. You’re all losers with no real life who bloster your sagging ego’s by pulling down the rightous with rebellious. GOS is watching, and listening, and reading, both you personally and the comments. You answer for every word you utter, you know, right?

  76. Maybe they should have run him through the concussion protocol program before he took the field for that last drive if he was hearing voices. No wonder the NFL was so fast to institute the concussion timeout.

    Maybe a God should have come down and had a word with Richard Sherman too. Advised a little humility possibly

  77. Somebody needs to tell this over rated punk that God has much more important things to rather than watch the Super Bowl. Maybe his over rated coach should have been listening for a play call
    ———————————-

    You mad bro?

    Best Regards

  78. Seems to be a gap in the timeline or something. My guess is that when Russell got the play call for a pass, he was thinking ‘if I hit this pass, I’m getting laid tonight’. After the huddle broke, that’s when God spoke to him about premarital sex, and then the rest of the story.

  79. I read Russell Wilson’s comments and thought “” not my walk with God, but everyone has their own perception and journey “”

    Then I read all these comments here and thought “” these comments are judgemental, and I’d rather hear what Wilson is saying even if it may seem superficial “”

  80. A lesson in hypocricy for @bigbenh8tr who said “Disgusting how the media… trolls people of faith.”

    From your comment, you esteem people of faith and imply that you are a person of faith. Faiths teach us not to hate others, and, presumably, you believe in and follow that teaching. Yet, your name says the exact opposite.

  81. I know quite a few people who have heard the audible voice of God. People are so quick to call someone crazy when someone claims this. Everyone that I have met that has said they have heard the audible voice of God were completely sane, full of love, completely selfless, and had their lives in order. Does that sound crazy to you? Russell Wilson sounds to me like that kind of person. Why wouldn’t God speak to someone who was a strong follower Christ that is the public Eye? Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you [falsely] because of me. (‭Matthew‬ ‭5‬:‭11‬)

  82. upperdecker19 said: “Tebow demands an explanation!”

    Hilarious!! Had the exact same thought!

  83. Us 49er fans have had to endure endless Wilson to Kaepernick comparisons. And not to defend Kaepernick’s mistakes, but it got a little tiresome hearing over and over how perfect Russell Wilson was, how great he is with the media, how he is always visiting Children’s hospitals, etc. Now we see a different side of him. Arrogant about his worth on a team of a lot of excellent players, demanding most of it be guaranteed, pouting it is not going his way and threatening to switch sports, dumping his wife, and now believing somehow God is teaching people through him. All that makes wearing a Miami Dolphin’s cap and tweeting a stupid joke about flooding seem not that bad after all.

  84. Wow. Wilson is deluded. First, he thinks he’s the best player in the NFL. Then, he thinks God spoke to him about football. Let’s hope he’s never elected to political office or any other position where he has the power to control other people.

  85. I wonder what God said to Russell Wilson immediately after he decided to divorce his wife, which of course, violated God’s laws. Maybe it was a little something like this:

    “The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the iniquities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

    Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children.

    And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee!”

    Ezekiel 25:17

  86. If I were Wilson right now I’d stay inside during a lightning storm lest he be struck down. If he has a direct pipeline to God, I believe he is in the wrong line of work.

  87. So since God knows that lots of people look up to him, he wants to see how Wilson will react to a heartbreaking defeat, and God wants those who look up to him to see a good example. This goes far beyond football if you think about it.

  88. I’ve personally seen Russell walking to practice across Lake Washington with a basket of fish and bread that grows into an entire feast for his followers when he arrives at the VMAC. Incredible young man! What a phony!

  89. I wonder how that went:

    God: Russell, this is god. Go play Baseball because you are a less-than-average football QB….

  90. I believe that life doesn’t always go your way, you will make mistakes, and part of life is learning how to respond to those outcomes. However I don’t believe a God picked Russell Wilson out at the moment, spoke to and challenged him because he is special. His statement and belief are extremely narcissistic. You made a mistake and cost your team Russell, deal with it like a man, not by making yourself out to be some sort of chosen one heroic martyr in your own mind.

  91. Could Tebow have won the SB for the Seahawks?

    I actually feel that is a legitimate question. They had the personal to run the Tebow offense.

  92. Speaking as a believer in Jesus Christ it’s not for me to say one way or the other if God spoke to Russell Wilson. What I will say is be careful Russell and choose your words carefully. I don’t know if it was necessary for you to put this out there but now that you have make sure you are living right. Be careful not to portray yourself as someone you are not.

  93. I was happy Carroll choked, and the rest of those dirty cheats…but I got nothing but respect for Wilson. He’ll probably get another one. Hopefully for someone that doesn’t put a bounty on his opponents.

  94. I believe that Russell did hear God’s voice. It’s NOT because he’s a devout Christian, but it’s because he truly LOVES God. I hear God’s voice all the time, and am a Buddhist (never been a Christian), and I also truly love God. When you truly love God, you’ll hear God. Trust me on that. Now there is one more reason I LIKE Russell Wilson besides the fact that he’s a Great QB.

  95. I was happy Carroll choked, and the rest of those dirty cheats…but I got nothing but respect for Wilson. He’ll probably get another one. Hopefully for someone that doesn’t put a bounty on his opponents, like Carroll/Cable.

  96. If Tebow said it, people would be bashing him left and right– especially this place. Russ Wilson says it and tey dance around it.

  97. Perhaps God should’ve told Russell that if he becomes the highest paid player in the NFL, he’ll never get through the “eye of the needle”.

  98. Are we going to see same consistency of abuse out of the NFL, its media and fans with its treatment of Wilson the way we did with Tebow. I doubt it !!!!!!!
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    They simply cant, or wont b/c they would all be called a racist.

  99. “And on the third step God says to me, ‘I’m using you. . . . I want to see how you respond. But most importantly I want them to see how you respond.”

    Dear God, thank you for testing Russell Wilson on that interception. I, for one, think it’s a great character builder. But have you really tested him enough? Lord, please allow the Seahawks to return the the playoffs this season so that you might, in your divine wisdom, test Russel Wilson again. Perhaps a pick 6 during a tie game late in the 4th quarter? Then we can really see how he responds.

  100. I read the comments and only maybe two seems to have a clue. God is omnipotent, omnipresent, all knowing. He’s God and not any of you or like you. You don’t hear Him because their is a certain attitude He will not converse with. God doesn’t commune nor talk with sin. That’s why he sent Christ to take your sins on himself paying the penalty for them (death), allowing you to be forgiven if you accept the gift of Christ life for yours, which opens up communication by His Holy Spirit to interpret . If you don’t belong to Him you’re not hearing from Him. You don’t know Him. And that “moderate” Christian who says Russell Wilson is even to much for him–news flash there is no such thing- if you’re “moderate” your no Christian at all! God says he rather you be hot or cold then lukewarm. God says He’ll spew the lukewarm out of His mouth. You got to be all in. We know God’s voice, He speaks to His true people all the time. Jesus says, “my sheep hear my voice and a stranger they will not follow.” God says, “call on me and I will answer you, and show you great and wondrous things that you not know.” And also God says, “I will whisper in your ear- go left, go right!” Arrogant folk. Don’t believe God speaks cause He ain’t speaking to you. Crack a Bible try to get at least your facts straight. The Bible is full of God’s love, friendship and guidance to so many to the least to the greatest. And if you’re so clamoring for God to fix stuff – give up your life of sin – your selfish sin and rebellion is the crux of all the worlds evil. And don’t say it’s not you – if you’re not part of the solution, your part of the problem. Keep listening to God, Russell, and proclaim it!

  101. As expected, the atheists come out in full force to down vote people who understand where Russell is coming from. I don’t associate myself to any religion, to include atheism, so to see atheists talk about “God” more than actual believers is funny. The man has a faith. He feels his faith gives him a purpose in life. Some of you could use some of that, unless your sole purpose in life is to ridicule religious people, whatever they believe in. It’s pretty childish and pathetic, ESPECIALLY since I know most of the individuals posting here are 18+. You usually see that kind of crap in the school yards….Grow up….

  102. I’m a Christian and have not heard the audible voice of God. That doesn’t mean I don’t believe Russell Wilson when he says he does. I don’t know that God cares one way or another who wins a football game. I do know God takes bad things and uses them for good. I don’t think Russell is trying to convince you to believe the way he does in this interview. I think he just planting a lot of seeds. Some will find fertile soil while others will land on rocks.

  103. I’m confuse, is he blaming GOD for the interception and that he had no part in it? And since GOD is calling football plays, does that qualify GOD as an assistance coach or head coach higher than Pete Carroll?

  104. Congratulations Russell Wilson you have actually gotten Seattleites to give God a moment of thought. Your comment had to do with character, how should you respond to such a disaster? You have elicited many views of God that have then be used to criticize you. But the God who “formed us in our mother’s womb” is very interested in all that we think and do. He said that we should talk with him continually (prayer). That is what you are doing. It is important for people to draw on the resources of their Creator. If someone is motivated to reflect on who their Creator really is, then you have accomplished your God-honoring purpose.

  105. For the poster above, Kurt Warner never said anything like this. KW would generally just thank God or something to that effect. RW is a maniacal nut who thinks God is confiding in him. Obviously a little success has ballooned his head. He divorced his wife and now demands top money although he is not in the top ten QBs in the league.

  106. Maybe Russel Wilson heard wrong like Russell Crowe in Noah. Instead of “I want to see how you respond” it was “I love Tom and Gisele more”

  107. “I don’t think God cares about the outcome of a football game.
    I’ll bet Russell agrees”

    You remember Russell after the NFC Championship game saying God directed him to throw four INTs to make his journey more exciting.

  108. It sure can be disturbing to other’s when a person states a personal belief. People get all bent over the fact that RW believes that God spoke to him.

    The real problem isn’t RW’s beliefs. The real problem is that so many people have nothing THEY believe in.

    At least the guy has the courage to speak about what he believes in.

    It is a widely accepted tenet of the Christian faith that God uses moments of personal challenge as character builders.

    It is also a widely held tenet of the Christian faith that you should marry before you have sexual relations. (This custom is out of fashion).

    So Wilson stated he is a Christian and he’s going to try and behave like one. In so doing he is acting as a disciple of Jesus who preached that we should let our actions back up our words.

    Just because I am jaded, cynical, and faithless doesn’t mean he has to be. That’s America.

  109. What God actually said was, “Never throw across the middle at the one yard line.”

  110. Enough already . Oh how I long for the days of the John 3:16 banners in the endzone.

  111. i wonder if Russel Wilson believes the earth is only 3000 years old and dinosaurs didn’t really exist? let’s ask him his views on gay marriage- that will really end the media’s love affair with him

    yeah keep believing that book of fairy tales and fantasy land buddy

  112. It was a religious speaking engagement…you didn’t expect him to shoot off guns or beat up women, did you?

  113. After a little thought, I decided I really don’t care all that much. If it were my goal, I’m positive I could find something off putting about everybody. Including myself. I can certainly think of a litany of things humans do that would be more off putting

  114. There is a very easy explanation for this. People often mistake the voice of the “inner man” for God. We all have that voice in our heads, sometimes audible, sometimes in our mind’s ear, and it is our “conscience” guiding us according to what we think about and meditate upon.

    Wilson, being a Christian, is concerned about his “witness” for the lord and he thinks about it, and he probably reads the Bible. So it makes sense that in a moment of challenge and stress his “inner voice” would say something to his mind based on how he thinks and believes to help him stay in control.

    Don’t make a big deal of it, according to the Bible Christians should walk and talk with God and that is by way of the inner man.

  115. If his only idiosyncrisy is hearing the voice of God, as long as HE’s not telling him to bomb NFL headquarters or go on a killing spree), it’s ok with me. He seems to have his heart in gthe right place and is an overall good person. I do admit though, that I’m a little disappointed in what appears to be a highly mercenary contract negotiation. Never thought him to be one of those money-hungry athletes who feel they deserve to be the highest paid whatever.

  116. First of all, God doesn’t care about the outcome of football games, He cares about the outcome of His children.

    Second, Russell never said that God made him throw an interception or made the game go that way. God does not do that. But AFTER Russell threw the interception that’s when he had the inspired thoughts.

    Third, God speaks to His people by way of the inner man, the spirit in them. God will speak to anyone who is believing and listening. Most of you think it is foolish or goofy that God would speak to someone and you think they are “bragging” that they are divinely special or something. Not the case. God speaks daily to His people in multiple ways.

    Fourth, for those of you smugly laughing and belittling others for believing in a fantasy and fairy tale, please know that my old man nature wants to smugly laugh and belittle you for believing in your fantasy and fairy tale that God is not real (boy are you going to be shocked someday). But then I’d be falling short of God’s goodness and love, so instead, I’m telling my old nature to shut up and acting on my new nature by believing the best for you in this life and praying that the eyes of your understanding be enlightened that you may know what the hope of His calling is and what the riches of the glory of His inheritance is.

    Fifth, Russell should use more godly wisdom in not running around and telling people that God talked to him. He could have said, “After that interception I knew my faith was being challenged and that it was important how I responded so that my life would be a good example of my faith.” Telling people that God talks to you does sound like bragging and is often not a good witness. But alas, no matter how good a QB he is, he is also still a brash youth and will learn these things in time.

    Sixth, I cannot prove God to you, no one can, only you can prove God in your own life by your choices and actions. So it is up to you. You know what John 3:16 says. The ball has been thrown, will you receive it and score or drop it?

    Seventh, if you decide God is not for you, for goodness sake and common civility and mutual respect, please don’t stoop to the foolish level of criticizing others and deriding that which you do not know. It really makes you look bad and shows you don’t have any compassion, tolerance or love for humanity.

    Regardless whether you believe or not, we are still all the brotherhood of man, the family of humanity, and only by mutual respect will we prevail in happiness together. Cheers. DE

  117. Of all the characters in the bible, God only spoke to a handful. God doesn’t speak to the ignorant and the unbelievers so no one expects you to understand.

  118. As a pastor, I have two reactions. God doesn’t usually talk directly to people; usually He speaks to us through His Word and the Sacraments (which are His Word joined to physical elements, like water, bread and wine). So I tend to doubt that He spoke directly to Wilson. On the other hand, He has spoken directly to people many times in the past, so I can’t say with absolute certainty that He didn’t. It usually hasn’t been in a purely individual matter like what Wilson’s telling–when He did speak directly to people (except when Jesus walked on earth), it was generally to the prophets and apostles.

    As a football fan, I say that Wilson is a fine young QB, who has in consecutive Super Bowls faced the two best QB’s of our time, maybe the two best ever. He came out on top of Manning and gave Brady a run for his money.

  119. One: God doesn’t care about the outcome of football games, He cares about the

    outcome of His children.

    Two: Russell never said that God made him throw an interception or made the game go

    that way. God does not do that. But AFTER Russell threw the interception that’s when he

    had the inspired thoughts.

    Three: God speaks to His people by way of the inner man, the spirit in them. God will

    speak to anyone who is believing and listening. Most of you think it is foolish or goofy that

    God would speak to someone and you think they are “bragging” that they are divinely

    special or something. Not the case. God speaks daily to His people in multiple ways.

    Four: For those of you smugly laughing and belittling others for believing in a fantasy and

    fairy tale, please know that my old man nature wants to smugly laugh and belittle you for

    believing in your fantasy and fairy tale that God is not real (boy are you going to be

    shocked someday). But then I’d be falling short of God’s goodness and love, so instead,

    I’m telling my old nature to shut up and acting on my new nature by believing the best for

    you in this life and praying that the eyes of your understanding be enlightened that you may

    know what the hope of His calling is and what the riches of the glory of His inheritance is.

    Five: Russell should use more godly wisdom in not running around and telling people that

    God talked to him. He could have said, “After that interception I knew my faith was being

    challenged and that it was important how I responded so that my life would be a good

    example of my faith.” Telling people that God talks to you does sound like bragging and is

    often not a good witness. But alas, no matter how good a QB he is, he is also still a brash

    youth and will learn these things in time.

    Six: I cannot prove God to you, no one can, only you can prove God in your own life by

    your choices and actions. So it is up to you. You know what John 3:16 says. The ball has

    been thrown, will you receive it and score or drop it?

    Seven: If you decide God is not for you, for goodness sake and common civility and

    mutual respect, please don’t stoop to the foolish level of criticizing others and deriding that

    which you do not know. It really makes you look bad and shows you don’t have any

    compassion, tolerance or love for humanity.

    Regardless whether you believe or not, we are still all the brotherhood of man, the family of

    humanity, and only by mutual respect will we prevail in happiness together. Cheers. DE

  120. Wilson’s girlfriend from across the room: “He’s just using you, you know!”

    Wilson: “Yeah, I know. He SAID he was using me, sheesh! Now he wants me to go get a chili-dog, you coming?”

  121. Oh come on. If you are going to say God spoke to you, at least make it somewhat believable. God clearly would have said “Why the hell didn’t you run Lynch?”

  122. It’s 2015 and people still believe there is no God?

    One: God doesn’t care about the outcome of football games, He cares about the outcome of His children.

    Two: Russell never said that God made him throw an interception or made the game go that way. God does not do that. But AFTER Russell threw the interception that’s when he had the inspired thoughts.

    Three: God speaks to His people by way of the inner man, the spirit in them. God will speak to anyone who is believing and listening. Most of you think it is foolish or goofy that God would speak to someone and you think they are “bragging” that they are divinely special or something. Not the case. God speaks daily to His people in multiple ways.

    Four: For those of you smugly laughing and belittling others for believing in a fantasy and
    fairy tale, please know that my old man nature wants to smugly laugh and belittle you for
    believing in your fantasy and fairy tale that God is not real (boy are you going to be shocked someday) but then I’d be falling short of God’s goodness and love, so instead, I’m telling my old nature to shut up and acting on my new nature by believing the best for you in this life and praying that the eyes of your understanding be enlightened that you may
    know what the hope of His calling is and what the riches of the glory of His inheritance is.

    Five: Russell should use more godly wisdom in not running around and telling people that God talked to him. He could have said, “After that interception I knew my faith was being challenged and that it was important how I responded so that my life would be a good example of my faith.” Telling people that God talks to you does sound like bragging and is often not a good witness. But alas, no matter how good a QB he is, he is also still a brash youth and will learn these things in time.

    Six: I cannot prove God to you, no one can, only you can prove God in your own life by your choices and actions. So it is up to you. You know what John 3:16 says. The ball has been thrown, will you receive it and score or drop it?

    Seven: If you decide God is not for you, for goodness sake, common civility and mutual respect, please don’t stoop to the foolish level of criticizing others and deriding that which you do not know. It really makes you look bad and shows you don’t have any compassion, tolerance or love for humanity.

    Regardless whether you believe or not, we are still all the brotherhood of man, the family of humanity, and only by mutual respect will we prevail in happiness together. Cheers. DE

  123. I thought you might be interested in this perspective.

    One: God doesn’t care about the outcome of football games, He cares about the outcome of His children.

    Two: Russell never said that God made him throw an interception or made the game go that way. God does not do that. But AFTER Russell threw the interception that’s when he had the inspired thoughts.

    Three: God speaks to His people by way of the inner man, the spirit in them. God will speak to anyone who is believing and listening. Most of you think it is foolish or goofy that God would speak to someone and you think they are “bragging” that they are divinely special or something. Not the case. God speaks daily to His people in multiple ways.

    Four: For those of you smugly laughing and belittling others for believing in a fantasy and
    fairy tale, please know that my old man nature wants to smugly laugh and belittle you for
    believing in your fantasy and fairy tale that God is not real (boy are you going to be shocked someday) but then I’d be falling short of God’s goodness and love, so instead, I’m telling my old nature to shut up and acting on my new nature by believing the best for you in this life and praying that the eyes of your understanding be enlightened that you may
    know what the hope of His calling is and what the riches of the glory of His inheritance is.

    Five: Russell should use more godly wisdom in not running around and telling people that God talked to him. He could have said, “After that interception I knew my faith was being challenged and that it was important how I responded so that my life would be a good example of my faith.” Telling people that God talks to you does sound like bragging and is often not a good witness. But alas, no matter how good a QB he is, he is also still a brash youth and will learn these things in time.

    Six: I cannot prove God to you, no one can, only you can prove God in your own life by your choices and actions. So it is up to you. You know what John 3:16 says. The ball has been thrown, will you receive it and score or drop it?

    Seven: If you decide God is not for you, for goodness sake, common civility and mutual respect, please don’t stoop to the foolish level of criticizing others and deriding that which you do not know. It really makes you look bad and shows you don’t have any compassion, tolerance or love for humanity.

    Regardless whether you believe or not, we are still all the brotherhood of man, the family of humanity, and only by mutual respect will we prevail in happiness together. Cheers. DE

  124. Paraphrasing the Priest in the film “Rudy”: I only know two things for certain, there is a God, and I’m not Him.

  125. This is really common in Christianity. I hear God speak to me all the time. The idea that God doesn’t speak to His children is right up there with the devil being a guy with horns and a pitch fork. The scripture is clear the Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to His followers to guide them and direct them. This is really important to Christianity and especially important to African American spirituality. Please try not to mock someone’s faith. Especially if all you legitimately know about it you learned from watching Hollywood movies like Evan Almighty.

  126. There’s a reason why Wilson’s claim of: “God talks to me” has made headlines everywhere. Although most don’t want to admit it, we all know deep down inside that whoever says that is crazy. Period.

    The same goes for someone who uses the defense: “God told me to do it” in a trail or murder case. Everyone knows that anyone who says that is either lying, has mental problems or both.

    I’m a Seahawks fan but come on Wilson.. just play football and keep your mouth shut.

  127. All I know is God is real, and this sounds like something he would say. I cannot confirm it though. But I hope it’s true. I’m a Lions fan, so hopefully his next chance is in the AFC though.

  128. Russell should keep his personal life and believes out of the public people will always take what you say and use it against you. They really want to see you fall on your face. History has proven this true.

  129. jphilly612 says:
    Jul 7, 2015 1:56 PM

    Russell should keep his personal life and believes out of the public people will always take what you say and use it against you. They really want to see you fall on your face. History has proven this true.
    ————————————————–
    Nope. You couldn’t be more wrong. It’s none of your business how anyone else decides to do “their business”. Russel obviously has very strong convictions, and lots of courage. He doesn’t seem to care what other people think. THAT is very admirable. I see the typical morons calling him out on this blog site; trying to say that he’s a nut-ball when they have zero ability to be telling anyone what the truth is. NONE of us can. NO-ONE has any proof of there being a God or not. So the real wing-nuts are the ones who are so sure that they try to denigrate anyone they disagree with – either way.

  130. God said “Dammit Wilson I had $500 on this game. Why did you throw the ball right to the corner. Next time, just try to run it in.”

  131. All this religious stuff notwithstanding, I still can’t believe he was thinking about sex at that particular time and place. This certainly deflects from the fact that he threw an interception when the Seahawks essentially had the game in hand.

    That said, I think he is an above average QB, perhaps grading out as a B. He looks good because he has so much talent around him and a coach who takes advantage of the team’s strengths. I thin the Seahawks would still be a really good team w/o him.

    My 2¢

  132. Keep listening to God!!!! That’s the best thing to do. Regardless if its sports business or life in general, stay God focused, God driven, and God centered. You won’t go wrong in His eyes. In the end, God gets the glory.

  133. Seriously, this is why everyone hates this guy. When he gets lucky, like all his hail mary deep throws, then God willed it to happen. When something bad happens, then God was testing him. Try being humble once in a while and not fake humble.

    His fakeness, combined with Lynch’s d-bagness, combined with their defense’s loud mouths is why everyone hates the Seahawks.

    Real talk.

  134. Do we have to have so much division and vitriol toward one another? This is still America, folks. Let’s show a little class and tolerance toward a fellow American regardless of who he is and what he does for a living. Let us judge him by the content of his character like the things he does in service to his community rather than bash him based on not agreeing with how he expresses his faith and whether we share his personal beliefs.

  135. I can’t be mad at a man for having faith.

    My issue is I do not understand why God is only talking to professional athletes.

    I would love to have a convo with God.

  136. Maybe someone just left the helmet mic on and that was Pete Carroll who said that.

  137. queenofpersia:

    1) Not everyone on here is American – some of us are from less God obsessed cultures.

    2) I am a 39 year Seahawks fan, I like Russell Wilson, but I am really tired of hearing him talk about God. I don’t understand the need to constantly express ones beliefs in a public forum. Never felt the need to insert mention of evolution into every comment I make! Always wonder if it just the need of the individual to convince themselves of their beliefs. Unless one is nuts – which is starting to lurk as a possibility for Russell!

  138. You have to admit one thing — he made several million people jump up and yell “Jesus Christ” all at the same time. No wonder God spoke to him!

  139. oleksaklumber says:

    “You have to admit one thing — he made several million people jump up and yell “Jesus Christ” all at the same time. No wonder God spoke to him!”

    NAILED IT!

  140. Russell : Yes God.

    God: Do you know why the Patriots won the SB?

    Russell : We should of ran the ball?

    God : No Russell. The Patriots won the SB because Tom Brady broke SB PASSING Records with NFL Approved Rule 17 footballs. Then I sent in Butler to humble Sherman from his arrogant mouth. Did you see Sherman’s face on that interception? That was a Classic God moment.
    Furthermore I am disciplining Goodell and that Well$ guy. Goodell has raised himself up in arrogance and it is his time to come crashing back down to earth.

    Stop & THINK. Did you really BELIEVE that 0.5 psi gave Brady the right to play in the SuperBowl?

    If you did, then you are listening to the Devil in your head doing his typical thing – Slander & Accuse. Turn away from his falsehood and play football like the man I created you to be – with HEART.

    PEACE to ALL players who Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother – From whence you came.

  141. zeke2517 says:
    Jul 7, 2015 2:54 PM

    God is for children.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Absolutely. He would have it no other way. As the One who died for our mistakes said this about children :
    Unless we become like children, we will not be able to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

  142. We want athletes to be truthful and righteous…until we don’t like what they say. Then we want them to shut up and we want to ridicule them. Yeah, he’s the one that is twisted…

  143. Well, they always say never to discuss religion or politics……

    I wonder what Russell thinks about Obama!!!!

  144. If Russell Wison Is being interviewed by a Pastor and talking to a church group, then he is talking to a group of people who believe the same way he does. I’m sure very few if any in that group thought it the least bit unusual that God would talk to him. True Christian’s believe the Bible and the Bible says that God does want to communicate with us all the time. He’s just looking for a few people who will listen.

    What I want to know is who and why this was leaked to media to set Russell up for all this ridicule. It’s not like he said it on the tonight show or something. I’m sure he tries to know his audience and tries to be careful in how his beliefs come across. Someone did him a huge disservice by broadcasting that event out to everyone.

  145. Timmy Tebow ain’t never said nothin’ like that after he beat the Steelers/Big Ben in post-season, and y’all know Timmy is closer to God than anybody on Planet Earth.

  146. God spoke to Russell Wilson just like He wants to talk with you. It’s funny how the world embraces a person that goes through a sex change but mocks a person that brings up God. By the way wilson should be the highest paid QB currently the man and his team went to the superbowl 2 seasons straight and he’s still in the early stages of his career. There would be no fuss if this was Andrew Luck, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning or Aaron Rogers lol. God is and will continue to use wilson and He would use you in your life if YOU LET HIM.

  147. calicowboysfan86 said: “Religious people are weird…”

    Well, that sums it all up and there is really nothing else to say, now is there!

  148. Don’t get why most of these responses are taking this so literally……all its supposed to mean is that after the play he heard Gods voice guiding him……saying it will work out in the end…..and that its a test to see how he perseveres and that something good will inevitably come from this ….the man has faith people……im sure we have all felt a powerful presence like that at one time or another…..he is no trying to single himself out and he was only speaking figuratively

  149. How do you guys just knock this off. Some of you guys call yourselves Christians yet you so easily follow everyone else’s points of view and just go along with the crowd. If you are a human being then you know inside of you that God has spoken to you. You may not want to admit it, but he has and he will continue to do so. Guys do you thing Russell Wilson wanted to have sex with his girlfriend? Yeah obviously. So why does it not make sense for God to say something to him that completely applies with his expectations and standards. How can some of you as Christians stand up and ridicule a Christian for hearing the Holy Spirit. Its right there in John 16:13 which says, “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.” Russell is clearly telling the truth, if anyone would stop following the crowd and take a stand on something they would know.

  150. “God has spoken to you”

    “You don’t want to admit God exist.”

    “God is everywhere.”

    “God says to me, ‘I’m using you. . . . I want to see how you respond.”

    Replace the word “God” by “Spiderman” or “Batman”.

    Exactly.

  151. olo681 says:
    Jul 7, 2015 6:01 PM
    Russell : Yes God.

    God: Do you know why the Patriots won the SB?

    Russell : We should of ran the ball?

    God : No Russell. The Patriots won the SB because Tom Brady broke SB PASSING Records with NFL Approved Rule 17 footballs. Then I sent in Butler to humble Sherman from his arrogant mouth. Did you see Sherman’s face on that interception? That was a Classic God moment.
    Furthermore I am disciplining Goodell and that Well$ guy. Goodell has raised himself up in arrogance and it is his time to come crashing back down to earth.

    Stop & THINK. Did you really BELIEVE that 0.5 psi gave Brady the right to play in the SuperBowl?

    If you did, then you are listening to the Devil in your head doing his typical thing – Slander & Accuse. Turn away from his falsehood and play football like the man I created you to be – with HEART.

    PEACE to ALL players who Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother – From whence you came.

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

    This is gold.

  152. Okay, Russell. We don’t need you spill all of your personal stuff onto social media. First you want to talk abstinence now this. Keep that stuff to yourself dude.

  153. “After my first step, I heard God speaking in a very agitated tone – “Who calleth this play? Why would thee not handeth off to the Beast? Surely he would have gained the meter required to reacheth thou goal!”

  154. A grown man hearing the voice of another man that doesn’t exist. Hurry Seattle sign him to a huge contract. Just be sure to include a clause for insanity.

  155. It’s the usual silliness from religious zealots. “God” is an utterly absurd concept and a comforting crutch for many people who can’t deal with reality and mortality. And it’s especially stupid when athletes try to invoke “god’s” role in the outcome of sporting contests. Let’s hope Tebow doesn’t persuade Wilson to start wearing bible verse in his eye black, as he did, but it wouldn’t surprise me.

  156. While I’m sensitive to disparaging religious players while we look the other way on players who use PEDs or abuse women and children, as nice as it is that Wilson is religious, the hubris that God personally, audibly talks to HIM (and not “common” folk) raises many concerns.

    It’s also the hubris that while he made a bonehead interception at a critical moment, he’s now “blaming” God for it.

    My God man – accept responsibility for your INT yourself… don’t blame God for it. (God may have made note of that sin of pride Himself)

    Overall, whether it’s boxers beating the snot out of each other, or more mainstream sports, we see player after player “thanking” God or Jesus for apparently playing a role in a capitalist sporting event while apparently letting children starve elsewhere

    Our entire culture apparently has the hubris that God cares about the outcome of NFL games etc.

    I have a feeling that God doesn’t want to have anything to do with ANY of these things and has better things to do with His time

  157. Description: Q4 – (:26) (Shotgun) R.Wilson pass short right intended for R.Lockette INTERCEPTED by M.Butler at NE -1. M.Butler to NE 2 for 3 yards (R.Lockette).

    🙂

  158. I don’t see any claims that he wins because God supports him, or that God told him to run play XYZ. What he said is that God gave him personal comfort in a trying moment, and reminded him how to deal with adversity. That is exactly the role that most would expect the Higher Power to play in one’s life.

    And, you know what? Russell Wilson will handle the snarky comments here just fine.

  159. God must have a hard time keeping track of all the one on one discussions he has with every single person on this planet.. you would think God would prioritize his day and talk to the poor, hungry, or persecuted people on this earth before talking to a millionaire sports athlete.

    Funny too that God was also talking to Tom Brady simultaneously after that play and told him that he was a Pats fan..

  160. God does speak, sometimes it is in your head. I’ve heard Him speak to me plenty of times. It’s just a matter of “If you are listening”, or willing to listen to an answer you don’t want to hear.

  161. And God does speak to “common folk” Just need to listen, even if the answer isn’t something you want to hear, or the answer you are looking for.

  162. If one can’t say to one’s face then they are simply a coward. If I were talking to Russ I’d say thank you! From us Hawk fans, thanks for all you do for the fans, the PNW and most important the kids. I respect the man plain and simple. I respect his faith because that’s what America stands for. We live in this country because we can be who we are so long as we abide by the rule of law. I see no harm from this interview and I don’t go to church nor do I believe in GOD.

  163. Wow.

    So there are millions of people who are living in despair and could use a word from this god people believe in yet this god is more focused on dropping a line with pro qbs after they throw a dumb pass because of a dumb playcall.

    Good to know.

  164. kurmudge says:
    Jul 8, 2015 3:28 PM

    And, you know what? Russell Wilson will handle the snarky comments here just fine.

    _____________________________________

    because he’s delusional?

  165. dmwilliams0124 says: God does speak, sometimes it is in your head. I’ve heard Him speak to me plenty of times. It’s just a matter of “If you are listening”, or willing to listen to an answer you don’t want to hear.
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    Yeah – that’s nice, and I’m fine with that (and I’ll not rule out that that “little voice” of conscience could indeed be spiritual in nature)

    But Wilson made clear that’s not what we’re talking about here… he heard an actual audible voice

    You’ll be hard pressed to even find devoutly religious individuals and even ministers of all faiths tell you that, yes, they hear God audibly talk to them

    That means that Wilson puts himself in a very very elite class of people for whom God literally speaks to

    It’s a concern – but I think this has more to do with a huge ego than huge mental illness in Wilson’s case, as God also wants him to date gorgeous models rather than ugly religious women with hearts of gold

  166. God does speak audibly; God does speak to your heart; God will speak to your mind. Whether you believe God exists or not is immaterial–He is. And He speaks to everyday people like Russell. God has already spoken to you, yet you blew it off as your imagination. This God Who created you knows you, loves you, and desires to be as intimate with you as He was with Adam, Moses, David, and His Son Jesus.

    Russell meant God was using him as an example of grace, humility, and character. I’m a Packer fan, yet I was impressed by how Russ behaved afterwards–positive, supportive, focused, and a good sport! That’s how God used him–a testimony of integrity, character, and graciousness.

  167. Russell is delusionnal and in denial. Clearly, that’s what religion taught him since he’s 5 years-old.

    You messed up? You don’t need to man up and see the facts, “God” sent you a message that tells you that it’s his fault why you messed up. He wanted to see how you would react in this situation…

    Really?

    If I was Russell Wilson’s teamate, I would be really irrate and tell him : ” Look Russy, forget about that God fairytell story, cut the drugs and look at the fact. It was one of the worst call in NFL history. Period. Stop kidding yourself.”

  168. Certainly if Russell thinks that God made him fail or messed up the pass to test him, then Russell is delusional and believes that everything is already determined by some fate out of our control, so why then even try to live if we do not have free will?

    God makes it clear in His Word that He does not overstep man’s free will. God gave mankind freedom of will, the freedom to choose.

    So, if this is some kind of “excuse” for messing up the pass, it is a very sad and poor excuse.

    However, it may very well be a simple misunderstanding of the way Russell phrased it. Perhaps after his own personal failure and shortcoming he knew that his faith was being tested, not by a God who meddled with the play, but by a God who is concerned with someone’s response to their major public failure.

    Many of us have heard the phrase that crisis reveals character. None of us would ever choose to have a crisis to deal with nor adversity to take on, but when it comes, the very nature of the “trial” will test our character, it will show what we got, who we are, how deep we go and how we bounce back.

    I do not think that Russell was intending to come across like God messed up the play on purpose to test him, I believe he meant that he messed up and now his character was being tested (by the circumstances) and God let him know He was “watching” him and “proving” him in that manner of speaking.

    To believe that God messes up football plays to test His people is a total characterization of God.

  169. Moses, Mohammed, Jesus, and Russell Wilson

    Four of the elite group of people that God audibly speaks to – at least as Russell Wilson is concerned

    Nope – no delusions of grandeur there

  170. You’re generalizing. Many faithful believers walk the talk and talk the walk and God promises in His Word that He will guide us, direct our steps, give us “revelation knowledge” when we need it, a word of wisdom or word of knowledge. So if God didn’t speak to me after believing His Word, why would I believe it anymore? It would be a lie.

    So yes, if you walk with God and believe His Word you should expect to hear from Him in many and various ways or why are you still believing the Word if it doesn’t work? So many of you think we believe a fantasy and fairy tale. Let me tell you, as an analyst that gets paid six figures to logically analyze written material, if the Word didn’t work, I would have thrown my Bible on the trash heap 30 years ago. But it does work exactly like it says it does. Every time.

    God usually speaks in a still small voice in the inner man. But He is not limited. I think Russell had a “foolishness of youth” attack in verbalizing that God talked to him (as you can see the unnecessary backlash that it generated).

    He could have been wiser and said that three steps after he threw that interception he knew his faith would be challenged and how he conducted himself would be important for being a good witness of his faith on the stage of life. That’s what he pretty much meant with his words, but they did not come out quite right.

    And let’s not forget the context of the interview was NOT a sports channel, it was a Christian venue and he was speaking to fellow believers. It was not intended to become a public spectacle.

  171. A good interviewer should ask specific follow-up questions after hearing Wilson utter his claim that God audibly speaks to him:

    1. What does His voice sound like? Male, I’m assuming, but does it sound like a younger man whispering in the wind, like in “Field of Dreams”, or more like George Burns talking to John Denver in “Oh, God”?

    2. Also, how many times has He spoken to you in your life approximately, and when does it usually happen? Only in big moments, or sometimes like, after breakfast on a routine Tuesday?

    It would be interesting to hear his answers. I’m not refuting that it actually happens, because that can’t be proven one way or the other…

    The NFL could maybe pay Ted Wells a few million to investigate. Goodell then could subsequently suspend Wilson 4 games for “blasphemy detrimental to the league” and then Wilson could appeal (to the same Goodell) to get the ridiculous suspension lifted, which of course, it would be.

    Seems about right.

  172. Why do people in sports, always use god as reasons for things? If ANYONE thinks that god cares about sports, you should 1, Seek mental heath professionals, or 2, stop viewing sports as a whole. Also. What if god spoke the same thing to Brady? (after deflate bleach)

  173. There once was a yogi hanging naked upside down from a tree. Under the tree was a State Hospital inmate in a straitjacket. The inmate asked the yogi, “Why am I locked up in here and you are out here running free.
    The yogi winked at him and replied,”I know who not to tell.”

    Learn who not to tell Russell

  174. You just know God is going to ask for the biggest contract in the NFL. Plus he needs a hot model looking girlfriend to.

    Yeah…he’s so different than everyone else in the NFL.

  175. jwilliamsspf says:
    Jul 7, 2015 6:37 PM
    We want athletes to be truthful and righteous…until we don’t like what they say. Then we want them to shut up and we want to ridicule them. Yeah, he’s the one that is twisted…
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    You think he was telling the truth? That God did indeed really speak to him after he threw an INT?

  176. I was pretty sure that I heard God say, “What the Hell did you throw that pass for?” God kinda screwed the rest of the team by “using” Russell in that way.

    Then again, maybe the rest of the team are all heathens.

  177. If God was a factor Notre Dame would never lose a football game. Tim Tebow would be having Super Bowl success in the NFL. Charles Manson has stated over and over again God has spoken to him. And put him in a safe place.

  178. Not sure what to think…… I just don’t imagine God showing interest in football. Is this really the platform chosen to lead humanity to a better place? I’m not buying it.

    I’ll be the first to stand up and say I was wrong if his success on the football field truly becomes transcendent beyond his contract value and merchandise sales.

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