Ross Kelly, CBS Local Sports
God must hate the Packers.
Or, at least, that’s the feeling you get with so many NFL players invoking divine intervention at the expense of Green Bay. First, Russell Wilson’s infamous quote after the NFC Championship win over the Packers had people rolling their eyes at the suggestion that God was essentially the puppet master on the outcome of the game. Right after the win, Wilson said:
“I just believe that God prepared me for these situations. God’s prepared our team too as well. Like I said, I’m honored to be on this team. I’m going to the Super Bowl again.”
Now seven months later, and after another heartbreaking Packers loss – this time Jordy Nelson’s torn ACL; another player is invoking God as the reason. Speaking with milve.com, Lions’ safety Glover Quin put the onus on God:
“I hated Jordy got hurt, but in my beliefs, and the way I believe, it was — God meant for Jordy to get hurt. So if he wouldn’t have got hurt today, if he wouldn’t have played in that game, if he wouldn’t have practiced anymore, and the next time he walked on the field would have been opening day, I feel like he would have got hurt opening day…It happening in the preseason, you hate that it happened, but that gives them time to make adjustments and try to find something.”
So, in a sense, Quin is saying Nelson was predestined to get injured – whether in preseason or during the regular season, he believed Nelson was going to get hurt and the injury occurring now gives the Packers more time to adjust. But it also seems Quin is saying God is doing the Packers a favor by having the injury occur now and I’m sure that won’t sit well with the Cheeseheads.
Whether you agree with Quin’s analysis or not, there are certainly other ways to say it other than “God meant for Jordy to get hurt.”