Wide out blames God for dropped ball
November 29th, 2010
11:22 AM ET

Wide out blames God for dropped ball

By CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor Eric Marrapodi

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson dropped a game-winning touchdown in the end zone Sunday in overtime against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Anyone who has ever tossed the pigskin around in the back yard dreams of that scenario - minus the drop, of course.

Johnson did not even have to work for the ball. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick's pass was text-book perfect, landing squarely in Johnson's hands.

After the game, Johnson's twitter account filed this faithy tweet:



Johnson was emotional in the post game press conference.

"It was a great call; it was something we knew we could beat them on....It came to the back of the end zone. I had the game in my hands and then dropped it. That's it."

He said the play was something he would never get over.

"How would you feel? You've got this game against the Pittsburgh Steelers and you got this kid coming up in the NFL making plays..All of a sudden, when the biggest play needs to be made, you don't make it. You feel bad. I'm devastated right now."

Just last week Johnson was fined $5,000 by the NFL by for wearing a t-shirt under his jersey that said, "Why so serious?" After scoring a touchdown, he lifted his shirt to reveal the Batman-inspired quote from the Joker.

Interestingly enough, he praised God for helping him make that catch.

At a press conference last Wednesday, Johnson said, "It happened. And if it wasn't going to happen, I wouldn't have caught the ball." Then he was asked by reporters if he regretted his actions. "I don't really regret anything. I'm playing under God. So if it happens, it happens," he said.

This brings us to a larger theological question: Does God hate the Buffalo Bills? You may remember this is the very team that lost four straight Super Bowls.

What do you think?

Check out a piece we did on this earlier: When did God become a sports fan?

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: New York • Sports • United States

soundoff (616 Responses)
  1. AllKnowing

    Dude! I made sure the ball was right in your hands! What? I've got to catch it for you too?
    BTW. You are the reason they lose in Super Bowl 47. (I never COULD keep a secret.)

    November 29, 2010 at 1:15 pm |
  2. xmegz

    if god exists, im pretty sure he/she/it has much more important things to do than watch this guy's stupid football game.

    November 29, 2010 at 1:15 pm |
  3. rogerandover

    Personally, I feel God was in error here to deny a devout believer one little thing he wanted. God does so many things without exerting any effort so He could have easily made it so Stevie didn't drop the ball. God needs to apologize and make things right.
    If Stevie becomes a Buddhist after this, I wouldn't be surprised and I wouldn't blame him.

    November 29, 2010 at 1:15 pm |
  4. Steeler's Fan

    "Saint Peter, where's the cahs?", God

    November 29, 2010 at 1:13 pm |
  5. phoenix

    i wouldn t be cussing at the almighty he could ve been a sky cap

    November 29, 2010 at 1:10 pm |
  6. Steeler's Fan

    God had $20 straight up on Steelers

    November 29, 2010 at 1:10 pm |
  7. Richie P

    Does God hate the Buffalo Bills? You may remember this is the very team that WON four straight AFC CHAMPIONSHIPS.

    November 29, 2010 at 1:07 pm |
    • Colin

      They then lost all 4 Super Bowl appearances. After each game, the winning players thanked god for their victory over the Bills. Therefore, god hates the Buffalo Bills.

      November 29, 2010 at 1:22 pm |
    • Chrissy Montagne

      Somebody has to win and lose, how can people be SO RETARDED as to entertain the validity of this religious vomit..

      November 29, 2010 at 2:53 pm |
  8. Rudy

    I think if he was a true man of faith, he wouldn't question his Lord.

    November 29, 2010 at 1:06 pm |
  9. Jason

    If it's right to praise an imaginary friend for something one does correctly or well, then necessarily it must also be right to express displeasure with an imaginary friend for something one does incorrectly or poorly. The larger point here is that it's just plain foolish to thank god for anything you do.

    November 29, 2010 at 1:06 pm |
  10. JC-VA

    God is a Vikings Fan...

    November 29, 2010 at 1:06 pm |
  11. AstraNavigo

    What a moron....

    November 29, 2010 at 1:06 pm |
  12. Me

    Well, its about time. If God is so omnipotent, then he should be blamed when things go wrong as he is praised when things go right.

    November 29, 2010 at 1:03 pm |
  13. Travis

    His class or lack of will show in how he prepares for every game after this one. If this one play is as serious to him as he is letting people think, he needs to be at practice an hour early and leave an hour late every day. He needs to be there on video days to dissect everything about his play and the opponent's play. I don't make it a habit to judge someone so quickly. The only way to truly judge him is to see where he goes from here. He could become a very good voice for God or he could spiral downward. It's all up to him.

    November 29, 2010 at 1:03 pm |
  14. Reality

    It is called Steeler Football. Ask Franco Harris about his "Hail Mary" catch!!!

    November 29, 2010 at 1:02 pm |
  15. kazz


    November 29, 2010 at 1:01 pm |
  16. bigben

    I tried following God on twitter for a while, but it was too difficult to keep up. Talk about "always on the go".

    November 29, 2010 at 1:01 pm |
  17. BlackDynamite

    I knew God put a C-note on the Steel Curtain!
    Musta put a hex on this guys ham-hands too

    Can he drop a dime on my Jets next week?
    We won't need the help, but a win is a win, right?

    November 29, 2010 at 12:59 pm |
  18. Anthony from Maryland

    Why are you blaming God because you failed to catch a football? How about for allowing you to breathe, how about for giving you the strength and resources to earn a living that many others would appreciate? Blaming God for something as insignificant as this shows that your belief is only in him to provide for you what is good and promising and yet when you experience a disappoinment you blame him. Maybe you should read the book of Job for a clearer understanding on faith?

    November 29, 2010 at 12:59 pm |
  19. Gezus

    Thankfully God understands children and temper tantrums yet continues to love mankind despite itself.

    November 29, 2010 at 12:59 pm |
  20. Reality

    Once a day WARNING for new commentators:

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    • More than one web address will also activate “waiting for moderation”. Make sure the web address does not have any forbidden word or fragment.

    Sum Dude routinely updates the list of forbidden words/fragments.

    November 29, 2010 at 12:59 pm |
    • JT

      Thanks! This is utterly ridiculous, especially if those nasty little three letters fall in the middle of a non-threatening word. This has got to be the most rabid obsessed filter of all time. These folks need to get a life.

      November 29, 2010 at 3:06 pm |
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