C.J.Stroud and Megan Rapinoe

Rookie phenom C.J. Stroud enjoyed one of his best NFL games in the Houston Texans’ win Sunday.

USWNT legend Megan Rapinoe suffered a devastating end to her soccer career Saturday.

How the two stars reacted to their respective fates left sports fans debating on social media.

Stroud passed for 356 yards and a touchdown to key a win over the Cincinnati Bengals. In the process, the MVP buzz around the quarterback grew that much louder.

A day earlier, Rapinoe went down on the field in pain just six minutes into the National Women’s Soccer League final. She later said she suspected she had torn her Achilles tendon. It was a disappointing end to the 38-year-old star’s final soccer match before her retirement.

After her OL Reign lost the championship match to NJ/NY Gotham FC, Rapinoe lamented her fate.

“I’m not a religious person or anything and if there was a God, like, this is proof that there isn’t,” Rapinoe said, in what she intended as a joke. “This is ****** up. It’s just ****** up. Six minutes in and I eat my Achilles.”

Rapinoe’s comments drew sharply divided responses from sports fans. Believers were appalled, non-believers found the comment funny and appropriate.

No one knows if Stroud heard about Rapinoe’s remarks before his game. He’s shared his faith before and did so again in his post-game media conference Sunday.

“I don’t deserve His grace and His mercy, but He still gives it to me and I love Him for that,” Stroud said. “It’s not about me, it’s about Him and His glory. So that’s where it comes from, God made me like that.”

There could not be a sharper contrast between the two athletes’ statements. It’s the difference between night and day, light and dark, and, as believers would say, heaven and hell.

No one has proven, nor disproven, the existence of God, and that argument dating back thousands of years didn’t resolve itself on X/Twitter in the past two days. But the contrast between Stroud’s faith and Rapinoe’s comment definitely sparked some great debate.

[Alec Lace]

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Arthur spends his free time traveling around the U.S. to sporting events, state and national parks, and in search of great restaurants off the beaten path.