The border battle rivalry has always been interesting, from Randy Moss infamous moon to Trae Waynes great last-minute interception, there has never been a dull moment when the Minnesota Vikings face the Green Bay Packers.
But the fun and games might be over this Saturday because of a legal tackle. Linebacker Anthony Barr tackled quarterback Aaron Rodgers in October and that hit caused Rodgers to break his collar bone and miss the rest of the season. That immediately lead many Green Bay fans to call for the head of Barr.
Packer fans have made it their life mission to let Barr know what they think of him. From letters of wishing paralysis to threating tweets Barr has been continually reminded that he is the reason for the Packers misfortune.
I understand their anger. We are all emotionally connected to football and that is why we tune in every week to see what happens next. But the difference here is when a player goes down my immediate thought isn’t to send threats, it’s that there is always next week, and you pick up and move on. Evidently, no one has told them that.
We shouldn’t still be talking about this, but here we are. Not only is this an issue with the fans of Green Bay, this has stepped into an issue with player safety, and that is a huge issue.
Stefon Diggs spoke with Courtney Cronin about the uneasy feeling going into Saturday’s game. “From the years that I've been here, there hasn't been this much hate [in the rivalry], should I say, but it shouldn't become anything as far as physical. I hope not. I hope there's still some class there. It's really unfortunate what happened.”
But the most important takeaway from Diggs about the hit is this, “…But at the end of the day, we all still play football, we're all grown men. Hopefully it doesn't become any type of thing where somebody has to worry about their safety because this is grown men you're talking about. I hope they don't try to hurt anybody.”
Grown men. A grown man sending another grown man a letter wishing him paralysis, multiple grown men sending ridiculous tweets about wanting serious injuries and some over the top name calling to another grown man. I know Packer fans won’t read this but if you do, start acting like grown men. We are all too old to be attacking other adults about something that is beyond our control.
Everything I just said will probably go in one ear and out the other and the response’s will be: He is the greatest QB ever, we have ____ amount of Super Bowl rings and you have none, and you can add your own from here. But the bottom line is still and always be, let it go. You can’t change the past so why dwell in it?