Aaron Rodgers: God probably doesn’t care who wins football games

Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers watches from the sideline during the fourth quarter of the Packers' 28-22 overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC championship game.
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God probably isn’t a big football fan, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers suggested Tuesday during a radio interview.

Still feeling the sting of defeat from the Packers’ loss to the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC championship game Sunday, Rodgers -- who has said he is religious -- was asked if such a big loss shakes his faith, since it is commonplace for athletes to thank God or to say God intervened when they win.

Rodgers didn’t mince words.

“I don’t think God cares a whole lot about the outcome,” Rodgers said. “He cares about the people involved, but I don’t think he’s a big football fan.”

While that statement may not seem noteworthy to some, it may raise eyebrows.

Rarely does an athlete, especially a professional, say God had nothing to do with the outcome of a game.


In fact, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson -- an outspoken Christian -- told reporter Peter King that a divine influence made Sunday’s barnburner so exciting.

“That’s God setting it up, to make it so dramatic, so rewarding, so special,” Wilson said, according to King. “I’ve been through a lot in life, and had some ups and downs. It’s what’s led me to this day.”

Still, Rodgers made it clear during media day before Super Bowl XLV where he stood on his faith.

“I just try to follow Jesus’ example, leading by example,” Rodgers said.

The Seahawks will face the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX on Feb. 1.

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