Packers Fans Blast Vikings for ‘Classless’ Tweet

Anthony Barr and Aaron Rodgers

Getty The Vikings are under fire after featuring a highlight of Anthony Barr's hit on Aaron Rodgers that fractured the quarterback's collarbone in a tribute video.

What was a tribute to Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr quickly took a turn for the worst.

Following the announcement of Barr’s signing with the Dallas Cowboys, the Vikings’ Twitter account posted a thank you video dedicated to the four-time Pro Bowl linebacker who spent a decade in Minnesota.

However, a certain highlight struck Green Bay Packers fans, whose frustrations ignited in the comments.

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‘Making Us Look Bad’

Ten seconds into the tribute, an infamous clip from November 4, 2013, shows Barr tackling Aaron Rodgers to the ground in a play that ultimately ended Rodgers’ season because of a fractured collarbone.

The play has been a sour point in Green Bay for years, as the Vikings went on to win the NFC North that season. But the division title has resided in Green Bay for three years now, so some Vikings fans took joy in seeing Packers fans irked by the play.

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Of course, the Vikings’ lack of success in the Super Bowl became the immediate rebuttal, one fan writing “Injuring Aaron Rodgers was their ‘Super Bowl.'”?ref_sr…

Another Packers fan echoed a similar sentiment, attacking the Vikings franchise by calling it “pathetic.”

And though Packers fans will always feel the play was a cheap shot, it was a legal hit at the time. Barr was unpenalized on the hit, in which he left his feet and set the force of his weight into Rodgers, sending both players to the ground. The next offseason, the NFL added a rule that makes pass rushers ending a play with their weight on a quarterback illegal. NFL referee Alex Kemp confirmed that it was Barr’s hit on Rodgers that prompted the rule.

One Vikings fan was did not defend team, tweeting, “Sheesh. Bad look. Delete this.”

“Lol the hit that broke Rodgers collarbone I’ll admit that highlight shouldn’t be in there,” another fan replied.

To the Vikings defense, the Packers did butt their heads into what was seemingly an innocent thank you for Barr.

@SkolVikings1997 tweeted “Why did you show the play that injured Rodgers smfh? Making us look bad.” Under the context of the rules at the time, another Vikings fan argued there’s “nothing to be ashamed of” by playing the clip in the video.

However, @SkolVikings1997 leveled with a Packers fan that a simple quarterback hit, shouldn’t have made the one-minute highlight video given the decade-long body of work Anthony Barr produced, including 17.5 sacks, 39 tackles for loss, seven fumble recoveries and five interceptions.

“I know it was a clean play but it was a meaningless play for Barr. No one puts a simple QB hit in a highlight video. I don’t really have much of a problem with it, but I hate constantly hearing packers fans call us a s***** fan base because we continue to replay and celebrate it,” @SkolVikings1997 replied.

“As a packers fan, I appreciate your viewpoint. It was a legal hit, but celebrating it in a highlight package when Barr certainly has actuals sacks against Rodgers is an awful look. And with the history, you know this was an intentional choice, which makes it worse,” a Packers fan said, replaying to @SkolVikings1997.

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