Responding to listener questions this week on his weekly radio show, Christian Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers sparked a debate on God’s unseen scepter in sports when he declared: “I don’t think God cares a whole lot about the outcome (of football games). He cares about the people involved, but I don’t think He’s a big football fan.”
His reaction came shortly after his team was beaten by an incredible performance from outspoken Christian Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson in the NFC championship game on Sunday. Wilson credited God with the win.
“God is too good all the time, man. Everytime,” Wilson told sideline reporter Erin Andrews as he wept shortly after the scintillating 28-22 come-from-behind overtime victory.
According to the PRRI survey millions of Americans, like Wilson, see God’s hand working in sports and believe God rewards athletes of faith.
“Majorities of Americans (53 percent) and sports fans (56 percent) say that God rewards athletes who have faith with good health and success,” said the report.
Americans who identified a religious affiliation in the survey are also more likely than those who aren’t to see the hand of God in sports.