After the Seahawks came back from 12 points down to beat the Packers in the NFC title game, Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson said that God essentially made Wilson throw four interceptions in the game, setting the stage for an outcome that was “so dramatic, so rewarding, so special.”
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, whose team God necessarily didn’t want to win the game (if Wilson’s views are accurate), said at the time that God doesn’t care about the outcome of sporting events.
“He cares about the people involved, but I don’t think he’s a big football fan,” Rodgers said.
Rodgers changed his tune (with tongue in cheek) after Sunday’s win over the Seahawks, saying, “I think God was a Packers fan tonight, so he was taking care of us.”
On Thursday, Wilson was asked about Rodgers’ remarks.
“I think that in terms of that comment in all that, you know everybody has a right to their own opinion,” Wilson told reporters. “I know for me, I’m just grateful that God has given me the opportunity to play the great game of football, I’m so grateful. I know one of the things that my parents always taught me is just continue to reign humble in your victories and your losses, and I think that’s just the thing that I’m grateful for, just to be able to play the game of football, and I love it. So like I said, everybody [is entitled] to their own opinion.”
Buried in the portion of the answer regarding humility in victory is a subtweetish criticism of Rodgers for not being humble in Green Bay’s win. But the lack-of-humility contest began when Wilson suggested that God hand-picked the Seahawks to win the NFC Championship — and to win it in a way that made the Packers feel like they had taken up residence in hell. It’s not immodest or narcissistic, it’s hard to say what is.
Then again, maybe God selected Seattle that day simply because he wanted to see how Rodgers would respond.