Russell Wilson on Aaron Rodgers: Everybody has a right to their own opinion

AP

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.

107 responses to “Russell Wilson on Aaron Rodgers: Everybody has a right to their own opinion

  1. I cannot believe how fast Russell Wilson went from being the under dog QB to win the starting gig over Flynn, to SB winning sweetheart and now just an annoyance. Just be quiet and go to work Russell.

  2. The whole discussion is pointless and both devalues and desensitizes people to the whole point or concept of whatever religion or belief system they hold.

    Can’t remember the “NFL” being mentioned in any past or current religious doctrine.

    Grow up there Russell. You want to thank God for your talents and skills, fine…. but please be so inclined to shut your mouth afterwards.

  3. One QB is elite and carries a team, the other rides/rode the coat tails of a beast running back and one of the best defenses in NFL history. Being a fan of an AFC team I’m indifferent but it’s easy to see.

  4. The Easter Bunny, Santa Claus and The Tooth Fairy weren’t reached for comment on who they wanted to win apparently…

  5. Lost respect for Rodgers after that….no need to rub it in Wilson face, especially after a week 2 win, I could understand if it was a SB or Playoff game but week 2? smh lost some respect for the guy….

  6. I think God wanted the Seahawks to win that NFC Championship Game so Russell Wilson could throw the biggest pick of his life in the Super Bowl, creating a victory “so dramatic, so rewarding, so special.”

    I’d have to agree with that last part.

  7. Seattle fans better be cool with the fact that this guy is capable of waking up tomorrow and announcing that God told him to abandon football and to just walk the Earth–like Caine in “Kung Fu”.

  8. A man without the spirit cannot discern the things of the spirit. Think about it florio, since you’ve been a filthy attorney and now a media member, you have no discernment.

  9. Rodgers could’ve said 100 different things right there, but to poke a jab at last year’s NFC Championship game is a complete joke. Like Rodgers has said in the past, we’re not worried about that, well then why talk about it? The reason you lost is cause of your soft defense and on top of that, Karen, you couldn’t get it done when it mattered!!! Did you even throw for 200 yds in the NFC Championship game? What about Ha-Ha, hahahahhaha!!!! We’re talking about a week 2 game, WEEK 2 Karen, WEEK 2. I’m glad he said it though cause that’s banner material if they meet in the playoffs.

  10. Rodgers has been poking some fun at everyone this season. Frankly I’m okay with it as he has spent so long trying to be a corporate humorless face of the franchise. Good to see him loosen up

  11. total lack of class by rodgers. wilson was just expressing his faith and belief without regard whether god was a seahwks fan or not. you can bet if he praised alla after the win nobody would have dared say a word about his faith and rodgers would not have had the guts to say what he did after last weeks game.

  12. huge domestic violence, brain injury, and off field issue problem for the NFL, that’s without mentioning triple-murderers; but lets focus on the fact that Russell Wilson is religious!

    Good idea.

    come on guys i’m not religious and it annoys me but how many stories have you run on guys thanking “God” for their football success? You sound like a bunch of hipster atheists having a pizza party in the basement of your dad’s office supply company or something.

  13. vikings28 says:
    Sep 24, 2015 8:55 PM
    Rodgers could’ve said 100 different things right there, but to poke a jab at last year’s NFC Championship game is a complete joke. Like Rodgers has said in the past, we’re not worried about that, well then why talk about it? The reason you lost is cause of your soft defense and on top of that, Karen, you couldn’t get it done when it mattered!!! Did you even throw for 200 yds in the NFC Championship game? What about Ha-Ha, hahahahhaha!!!! We’re talking about a week 2 game, WEEK 2 Karen, WEEK 2. I’m glad he said it though cause that’s banner material if they meet in the playoffs.
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    I’m not a cheesehead, but it’s always amusing to see Vikings fans try to slam the Packers. Try winning something, then talk.

  14. jvw1982 says:
    Sep 24, 2015 8:43 PM
    Lost respect for Rodgers after that….
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    Oh no! What can we possibly do to change your mind? We don’t want Rodgers losing any sleep if he hears that.

  15. Doesn’t matter how much u dismiss or mock God to justify you’re lifestyle…..we will all know the truth in the end…

  16. curmudgeon13 says:
    Sep 24, 2015 9:03 PM
    “Aaron Rodgers is, and always will be, a smug prick…..”

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    I thought this was deftly placed. As others have said, I have no problem with someone thanking god for their skills or overall good fortune in life overall, but for Wilson to say things like God wanted them to win the NFC Championship game is too big a jump for me. Does that mean God also wanted all of those guys to get concussions? Or onto other issues, God wants certain people murdered? etc.

  17. I find it strange in the way so many athletes invoke the power of God in their play in one form or another. I’m in construction working amongst many God fearing Christians, and never once have I ever heard Thank You Lord for giving me the power to do this, that, or the other. Is it the media that likes to hype up this type of narrative or what?

  18. Just say what we already know, Russ. Aaron is a soft, smug QB, who needs to be told how great he and the Packers are.

    He whined INCESSANTLY after the Fail Mary game, whined incessantly after the NFC title game, and now, finally, FINALLY, he beats the Seahawks (in his 4th try, mind you), he starts to act like “the smug prick he is”.

    Well Aaron, how many playoff wins do you have since winning the Super Bowl 5 years ago? Hmm? Oh, that’s right, you have one- simply because Dez “didn’t catch it”. No, you don’t get credit for beating Joe Webb at home in a WildCard game. Sorry.

    For being the world beater regular season QB he is, he’s more Manning than Brady.

  19. I thought Rodgers’ comment was funny. Who died and gave Russell Wilson the power to decide who can say what? Maybe he should have had more of his miracle water so the Seahawks would have won.

  20. Wilson is gifted and also entitled to say whatever he likes. That being said, I gotta agree with Rodgers (also very, gifted) that God probably doesn’t care about football.

  21. Russell Wilson is constantly trying to create his own legend. Last year after their win over the Broncos in week 3 he said he had hoped the game would go to OT because he loves the moments that give him a chance to win the game (because every QB hopes the opposing team goes 80 yards in 40 seconds to tie the game instead of winning outright) and couldn’t wait to tell everyone who never asked that he told his coaches he’d throw the winning TD to Kearse in the NFC championship. Then he ventured to God wanted the Seahawks to win the NFC championship game and that God audibly spoke to him on the field immediately following the Butler INT. Let your play do the talking Russ. Stop trying to create your own legend.

  22. I do think God likes the Packers, he intervened in the draft and caused the Vikings to overlook Rodgers not once but twice and the Vikings never recovered and to this day, are still looking for a franchise QB. All for the Packer’s benefit to the tune of 9 wins in the last 5 seasons. Thank God.

  23. Maybe Russell should show God some respect with his God-given talents and play a clean game. There’s other ways to have a memorable game besides throwing 4 picks. If I essentially blamed the Lord for all of my problems, I think eventually someone is going to tell me that I need to look in the mirror.

  24. I think Rodgers takes his faith as seriously as he does football, and didn’t appreciate Wilson using it so cavalierly. He’s also a teacher……and just gave Wilson a lesson.

  25. Being a Niner fan I hate the Packers but now love Aaron Rogers. Russell Wilson is an absolute dork!
    There is no God and if there was he could care less about you and the Seagags! Wake up from your little fairy tale Russy

  26. Everyone knows that God scripted that game to come out that way because God is a Viking fan. The Vikings never win the Super Bowl because God doesn’t want to give his team an unfair advantage.

  27. If we want to understand how God feels about Seattle, I suppose first we need a definitive answer about how He feels about rain and the massive earthquake that’s long overdue.

  28. What is really funny is that the people most angry about Rodger’s comments are Viking fans! Get over it….the dude has a great sense of humor and mocking that idiot bible thumper made me like him that much more.

  29. C’mon Russ. Don’t be a poor loser. God wants you to be stronger in defeat. Don’t feel bad. It’s all part of the plan. You know. The big plan.

  30. I think people miss the point of why Rodgers went to the level of saying something like this where it could be recorded. Wilson did not say he played bad and made mistakes throwing 4 interceptions in the championship game. He merely said God was testing him to make the ultimate victory all the more sweeter. (By the way if you can get away with this at your work give it a go – “sorry boss, I did nothing wrong but God wanted me to fail”) In addition Wilson does not mean metaphorically he hears God. He means literally that he hears the voice of God in his head. That level of delusion and not taking responsibility for your own mistakes requires being mocked at.

  31. Maybe there is no God, but rather a high level of nanobubbles creating a “force” within Russell Wilson, similar to the midichlorians inside Anakin Skywalker..

  32. “I do think God likes the Packers, he intervened in the draft and caused the Vikings to overlook Rodgers not once but twice and the Vikings never recovered and to this day, are still looking for a franchise QB. All for the Packer’s benefit to the tune of 9 wins in the last 5 seasons. Thank God.”

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    If God is the one making the Vikings do dumb things, he’s piling on quite a bit.

  33. I find it so funny that Wilson indirectly criticized Rodgers for not being humble in the Packers’ win when he has Pete Carroll as his coach.

  34. A Packers opponent have been ejected once every 2.6 games at Lambeau field in the last 9 games played there.
    Around the rest of the league an ejection is once every 28 games. Thats a real home field advantage hahaha

  35. The lack of humility contest started when Carroll and Wilson acted like they DESERVED the Fail Mary game.

    They could have come out and said, “Well those calls go both ways, you get some, you lose some. Props to the Packers they played a great game. They’re a great team and we have utmost respect for them. It’s a controversial call, but we’ll take it.”

    No.

    Instead they ran their pie holes like they deserved it.

  36. 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.
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    Trying WAAAYYY too hard.

    Wilson never said God favored the Hawks, he actually said ‘maybe God had me throw the four picks to see how I’d respond’.

    You left that part out.

  37. I truly don’t understand how anyone could insult Russell for his way of thinking or believing. Easy to criticize through a keyboard tough guys. I’m not the religious type myself however Russell maintains a sense of positivity regardless the situation which can only have a positive effect on his team and those close to him. I thought Rodgers was a class act until he decided to go for the low blow here. Lost some respect for him. With that being said I don’t think “God” should ever be proclaimed as a reason for success in any sport, but I have no problem with people praying/expressing thanks on the field.

  38. What’s so wrong with Rodgers having a little fun at Wilson’s expense? Once you go public that you have a special channel with god, everything is fair game from anyone, including Rodgers.

  39. Wilson has never pushed his personal beliefs on others. All he has done is act on the public stage with as much grace and class as he can muster.

    The only thing Wilson has said is that he believes God has a plan for everyone’s life, and he believes God works through both victories and defeats.

    If you think that makes him a jerk, maybe you ought to examine both your attitudes and your public behavior.

  40. @ formcritic

    Wilson can act with grace and class all he wants, but to claim that god is *actually* interested in the outcome of his exploits on the field or the outcome of a game is absolutely a smack in the face to anyone who was asked a god to cure their cancer, receive some food because they are starving or a thousand other serious reasons – because god didn’t answer their prayers.

    It is smug of Wilson to think that god, any god, would take an interest in his personal achievements while denying others the necessary things of life.

    And it also sucked that GB lost that game. And I’m not even a GB fan!

  41. okay, religion or one’s religious beliefs are not to be played with! you believe what you want to believe if it makes you feel better about yourself. However, I don’t think it is anyone’s place to go trying to criticize a person for their religious beliefs, no matter how incredulous it may seem to you or anyone else!

  42. Seabrawk12,

    the problem is that, as more and more people are coming to realize no days, religious proselytizing has no place in professional football or any other workplace, save for church jobs (ministers etc.). We get tired of every time a reporter asks “What happened on that 3rd and 15 play?” and the player responding “I just want to give all glory to God and thank Jesus…also I didn’t see that the corner had help over the top from the free safety.”.

    I am a Hawks fan but you guys jumping on Rpogers about this are pathetic. He made a funny comment totally warranted by Wilson’s own blundering, stupid comments. We kind of deserved that loss to the Packers and Rogers is probably the best QB in football. Just because we root for another team does not entitle us to disrespect opposing players like that.

  43. God has a sick sense of humor. He wanted the Seahawks to win the NFC Championship game just so he could watch Wilson choke on a giant fur ball in the Super Bowl.

  44. Wilson, carroll and Sherman are so humble that God had to cause them to lose the super bowl in such dramatic fashion just to add to their humility!

  45. To clarify….

    Christians believe that everything that happens is God’s will.

    Yes, that means football games.

    Yes, that means even bad things.

    Why God allows bad things to happen is the topic of a long, theological discussion inappropriate here. (And please consider before you spout something foolish about it.)

    Point is, Wilson was not saying that God favors him or does mean things to him. He was just saying that, whatever happened, it happened for a reason.

    Wilson also does not mean that God talks to him. He means that God communicates with him through a variety of means…including losing a football game.

    This is not a particularly arrogant or radical belief.

  46. afty2001 says:
    Sep 24, 2015 8:24 PM
    Russell Wilson is a self righteous douche.

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    …who visits childrens’ hospitals every Tuesday. Good point, afty2001. Anyone who helps children is a total douche.

  47. @formcritic

    Wilson HAS said he hears direct in his head communication from God. After the Super Bowl pick he said “after the third step back to the sideline I heard gods voice say Russell I am using you. On the next third step I heard him say Russell I am testing you.” and on and on. So Wilson does believe he is favored by God in a way no one since the bible can claim. He hears the voice of God directly and by name addressing him.

    And to say God was testing him with his failures to make the victory sweeter after the championship game he is inferring that the efforts of the other team and even his teammates were meaningless because God was using the game to test Wilson. This is insulting. And Rodgers joke was a good one.

    If he was just saying he hears God through the wonderful world we live in and through metaphor and through the word of the bible it would be fine, but Wilson does claim to hear god in his head and does think he is favored by god.

  48. People don’t have an issue with Russell Wilson expressing his religious beliefs. What people do have an issue with is Russell Wilson basically claiming that God cares more about him than others. When he performs poorly it’s God testing him so he can be the shining example to others as to how to handle adversity and when he has success it’s because God favors him over his opponents. To believe that you are God’s chosen one to show the world how to carry yourself is very conceded to say the least. It’s hard to find humility there.

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