Can You Support the Christian Quarterback?

A few random questions as you prepare to watch the Super Bowl commercials:

Can you support the Arizona Cardinals when their quarterback Kurt Warner seems to mention Jesus in every sentence? (And even draws him?)

Are any of you rooting against him specifically because he’s so open about his Christianity?

Are Christians allowed to root against him?

Will Warner pull a Tebow?

How soon into the game will Warner’s faith be mentioned?

(I’m aware plenty of the Pittsburgh Steelers are openly religious, too, including safety Troy Polamalu, but Warner is the pride of Evangelical Christians.)

Go Steelers! (I just can’t bring myself to root for people from Arizona after the last election.)

  • http://darwinsdagger.blogspot.com Darwin’s Dagger

    But if the Cardinals win that might prove the existence of God.

    Warner is a great football player. I don’t care what he believes, if he’s the best he deserves to win.

  • http://classroom.homelinux.org Jeff

    I don’t support Arizona, especially after the last election — and I live in Arizona.

  • SarahH

    One of my favorite people – a “grandpa” to our family and a retired naval chaplain – was a lifetime Steelers fan, so I’m mildly pulling for them (although I won’t be watching the game, just monitoring to see when it ends so I can be sure to Tivo the new Office episode).

  • http://aboutkitty.blogspot.com/ Cat’s Staff

    Is that superbowl thing today? I haven’t been keeping track.

    He’s probably no more religious then many other players, he’s just been singled out as a good spokesperson for his position. The media doesn’t mind covering that position because they know it won’t offend many people. There isn’t a good way to be a spokesperson for any other position than that of the majority without offending a lot of people…so the cycle continues.

  • Matthew T.

    I don’t really care for the Cardinals period. I root for the AFC team usually, because I think AFC teams play better. The Steelers are going to take this one. I am a diehard Patriots fan, who seem to not care to mention god or religion.

  • Erp

    I should point out that the Arizona Cardinals were also the team of Pat Tillman who still seems to be remembered well by them (the NYT had an article on that the other day). Tillman was not known for his invoking of God (not that the press makes much about that).

  • http://bligbi.com Karen

    Kurt Warner strikes me as being extremely superficial and I frankly hate him. As I said on vjack’s blog, it would make my day if a Steeler came out with “Exodus 20:8″ painted under his eyes (preferably the nose tackle who is the guy most likely to successfully sack the quarterback).

    That said, the only way I could root for the Cardinals is if I lived there, spent most of my time wasted and they were facing the Cowboys (a team I was raised to despise by default). Warner’s superficial Jeebus crap just annoys me too much.

  • http://www.TrickyBuddha.com bobisimo

    Don’t care for the Steelers, and I like Warner. It has nothing to do with his faith. I just like the idea of the ol’ gunslinger and the big spectacle of sexy offense. Religion is the last thing I’m thinking when I watch.

  • http://www.TrickyBuddha.com bobisimo

    PS Not to mention the whole underdog thing that makes Arizona more attractive.

  • http://www.headdibs.blogspot.com James

    What does this have to do with the fact that religious pretenders will stand before God on Judgment Day?

  • benjdm

    As a Cowboys fan, I have to root for Arizona to stop Pittsburgh from getting their sixth ring. Fan-hood trumps religion here.

  • http://blueollie.wordpress.com ollie

    Warner: no I don’t like his public wooishness, but he does support Jimmy Carter’s Habitat for Humanity.

    So, like any other human, he is a mixed bag; it is just that he has a national stage and most of us don’t.

    Nevertheless, I am finding myself pulling for the Steelers; I don’t know why but I’ve always liked their head coach.

    I have nothing against the Cardinals though.

  • Joseph R.

    I’m rooting for AZ just because they are the underdogs.

  • Autumnal Harvest

    Why would I care either way about Kurt Werner’s religious messages? They’re not funded or endorsed by the government. I don’t see why any atheist should care that some guy is outspoken about his private religious beliefs.

  • http://aurorawalkingvacation.blogspot.com Paul

    I cannot think of anything more irrelevant to belief in God, or anything else in the world today, than a football game. You Americans go seriously overboard on this silly game. It’s embarrassing. You make out like the result is somehow important in some way.

    Silly.

  • Morgan55

    Just got done watching the game (terrific contest) with my progressive Christian neighbors. They were rooting against the Cards because of Warner’s public anti-stem cell research stance from a few years ago. As an atheist, I was pulling for the Cards cause they beat my Panthers. If you’re gonna beat the Panthers, you better beat everybody else, too. Warner’s faith, while amusing to me, is completely irrelevant to the game. If he wants to blame jesus for the loss, let him.

    Hey Paul,
    We Americans go overboard on a silly game? Ever been to a football game in England or Colombia?

  • http://avertyoureye.blogspot.com/ Teleprompter

    Paul,

    The thing is, NFL really is a religion of sorts to many Americans. For them, the outcome is important. It’s a highly ritualistic affair, with many different traditions and fan “cultures”. It really is for many, a righteous struggle…to watch grown men beat the crud out of each other.

    But that doesn’t mean that I don’t personally enjoy it. I was ecstatic when my favorite team won the Super Bowl. ;)

  • Matthew T.

    Guess god didn’t help out Warner. Haha. He should have tried a lucky rabbits foot! Polamalu was a bit weird with his catholic cross motion he kept doing…

  • Eddie S.

    Hey Pima County Voted Obama!

  • Bill

    Hey, born and bred Steelers fan here living in Tucson. Actually, Roethlisberger is quite religious as well. Although, he hasn’t really rubbed it in peoples faces lately. Anyway, awesome win for the Steelers and an exciting game for all football fans.

  • Eliza

    It was a good game (in my very limited experience watching football). I especially liked the part near the end where the hand of God came down and propelled the ball right into the hands of Santonio Holmes in the end zone, while carefully making sure his feet were planted in bounds – in direct opposition to Kurt Warner’s prayers. :)

  • Reynvaan

    “You Americans go seriously overboard on this silly game. It’s embarrassing. You make out like the result is somehow important in some way.

    Silly.”

    Even Americans like myself who don’t even know how to play the game and couldn’t care less? I suppose we certainly do make a big deal out of the whole affair, don’t we… ;)

  • AxeGrrl

    Matthew T. said:

    Polamalu was a bit weird with his catholic cross motion he kept doing…

    Is he the Steeler with the long hair? (that I always giggle when seeing because it reminds me of one of those gag hats-that-come-with-hair-attached:)

    Yeah, it seriously looked like he was in a trance after the game…….kind of spooky.

  • David

    I was rooting hard for the Steelers. Since my Giants were eliminated, I switched my rooting interest in this post-season to the Steelers since I have a good friend and a son-in-law who are big Steelers fans.

    But of ALL the teams in the NFL, the Cardinals are right at the bottom of my list and that is just because of Warner’s incessant Jeezus-babble.

    By the way, I did not stick around last night for the post-game interviews. Did Mr. Warner explain why The Big J did not see fit to grant him the victory?

  • Benoit

    I tell you, if I was an offensive lineman, the next time I heard Kurt thank Jesus for his success I would let my opponent get a couple free runs at him.

    Then maybe he’d realize that his offensive line has a little more to do with winning than his imaginary friend.

  • postsimian

    heh, the election had to do with it, but so does Arizona’s coach. I can’t stand that guy. I became a Steelers fan for a night.

  • JSharpie7

    I especially liked the part near the end where the hand of God came down and propelled the ball right into the hands of Santonio Holmes in the end zone, while carefully making sure his feet were planted in bounds – in direct opposition to Kurt Warner’s prayers.

    So Eliza, did Kurt Warner publicly pray or admit that he prayed asking God to let the Cardinals win? Just curious…

  • http://www.aperfectfool.com Codswallop

    Hemant, you neglected to mention the Steelers’ Defensive Player of the Year, James Harrison. He’s such a super-duper christian, he even commits felonious assaults in the name of Jesus. In light of yesterday’s record-setting performance, I guess Jesus has forgiven him. For those who don’t know what I’m talking about, the story is here.

  • Travis McDermott

    But what to make of this?
    Isn’t this a contradiction?

  • http://pghblackandgold.com/ Justin

    Ben Roethlisberger is just as big a Jesus freak as Warner. He just doesn’t go on and on about it the way Warner does. He used to write “PFJ” (Play For Jesus) on his shoes until the NFL told him he had to stop.

    Also, Polamalu is Greek Orthodox, not Catholic. Apparently he converted because of his wife.

  • Eliza

    From the link provided by Travis McDermott:

    Kurt Warner is a born-again Christian whose faith informs his every decision, right down to his jersey number. By choosing No. 13, Warner means to send the message that his spirituality allows no room for superstition.

    ‘Spose he’d wear #666?

    JSharpie7, good on you for calling me on my assumption. But this journalist sure thought Warner looked crushed after Sunday’s game.

  • Maria

    Warner is a great football player. I don’t care what he believes, if he’s the best he deserves to win.

    I agree


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