Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson is your stereotypical deeply religious athlete—one of those dudes who makes it a point to thank God in every interview he ever does.
Last Sunday’s post-game interview was no exception. After throwing a game-winning 35-yard touchdown to Jermaine Kearse in overtime, the first words a sobbing Wilson said to Erin Andrews were, “God is so good all the time, man.”
“All the time” apparently included the majority of the game, when Wilson played pretty poorly and threw four interceptions. You ask him, the four quarters he spent mostly shitting the bed were all part of God’s plan.
Tom Ley over at Deadspin caught a quote from Wilson tucked into Peter King’s Monday Morning Quarterback column, where Wilson shifts the responsibility for his INTs from his shoulders and onto the big guy in the sky’s. This was Wilson’s answer when King asked him about the four interceptions:
“That’s God setting it up, to make it so dramatic, so rewarding, so special. I’ve been through a lot in life, and had some ups and downs. It’s what’s led me to this day.”
If that’s the case, God was really fucking with a lot of bookies and sports gamblers over the weekend.
What’s next? Tom Brady publicly blaming God for illegally deflating footballs?
I wish there were more atheist athletes like Dick Herman, a person I made up once.