Let’s take a quick stroll through the end of the last NFL season.
The Seattle Seahawks were losing to the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (above) was having a horrible game, with four interceptions. All Green Bay had to do was recover an onside kick near the end of the game and they would have almost certainly preserved the victory… and then Brandon Bostick happened.
The Seahawks ended up winning the game in overtime but they really didn’t deserve it. So what did Wilson have to say afterwards?
“That’s God setting it up, to make it so dramatic, so rewarding, so special,” he said, alone for a moment in the locker room before heading out for the night. “I’ve been through a lot in life, and had some ups and downs. It’s what’s led me to this day.”
Right. It was God making things exciting. Not Wilson taking personal responsibility for having a bad game.
Then, during the Super Bowl, the Seahawks were insanely close to winning the game. All they needed was a touchdown from a couple of yards out and superstar Marshawn Lynch had multiple chances to run it in… but Wilson threw the ball instead — and got intercepted:
Over the weekend, Wilson spoke about that play and the moments right after it at The Rock Church in San Diego. And to no one’s surprise, he talked about how it was all part of God’s plan (31:49):
… The play happens and they pick the ball off. And I take three steps… And then on the third step God says to me, “I’m using you”… God says to me, he says, “I want to see how you respond. But most importantly I want them to see how you respond.”
Ahhh… so, you see? The interception wasn’t really Wilson’s fault. He was just following the script.
Low QB ratings? Also God’s Plan.
Getting sacked? That’s just God trying to hug him.
Can Wilson just admit he makes bad decisions on the field?