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

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.

A certain highlight, however, hit the fans of the Green Bay Packers, whose frustration was ignited in the comments.

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Ten seconds into the tribute video, the infamous clip shows Barr throwing Aaron Rodgers to the ground, ultimately ending Rodgers’ season after the Packers quarterback broke his collarbone from the impact.

It was a slack point in Green Bay for years when the Vikings won the NFC North that season. And after three years of the NFC North title in Green Bay, Vikings fans are happy to see Packers fans fret over the game.

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Of course, the Vikings’ lack of success in the Super Bowl became an immediate rebuttal, with one fan writing, “Aaron Rodgers’ injury was their ‘Super Bowl’.”

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

And while Packers fans will always feel the play was a cheap shot, it was a legal hit at the time. Barr went unpunished on the hit, resting his feet which poured the power of his weight into Rodgers as both players hit the ground. The next offseason, the NFL added a rule prohibiting pass rushers from ending a game with their weight on a quarterback. This was confirmed by NFL referee Alex Kemp that it was Barr’s hit on Rodgers that prompted the rule.

One Vikings fan was honest about the situation, tweeting: “Gosh. Bad looks. Delete that.”

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

In defense of the Vikings, the Packers butted their heads in what appeared to be an innocent thank you for Barr.

@SkolVikings1997 tweeted: “Why did you show the game Rodgers smfh hurt? Makes us look bad.” Regarding the rules at the time, another Vikings fan argued that playing the clip in the video “is nothing to be ashamed of”.

However, @SkolVikings1997 agreed with a Packers fan that a simple quarterback hit shouldn’t have made the minute-long highlights video given the decades of work Anthony Barr has produced, including 17.5 sacks, 39 tackles for loss, seven Fumble recoveries and five interceptions.

“I know it was a clean game, but for Barr it was a meaningless game. Nobody packs a simple QB hit into a highlight video. I don’t really have a problem with it, but I hate hearing Packers fans keep calling us a ***** fan base because we keep repeating it and celebrating it,” replied @SkolVikings1997.

“As a Packer fan, I appreciate your point of view. It was a legal hit, but celebrating it in a highlights package when Barr certainly has real sacks against Rodgers is a terrifying sight. And with history you know that was a deliberate decision, which makes it worse,” said one Packers fan, playing @SkolVikings1997 again.

However, @SkolVikings1997 agreed with a Packers fan that a simple quarterback hit shouldn’t have made the minute-long highlights video given the decades of work Anthony Barr has produced, including 17.5 sacks, 39 tackles for loss, seven Fumble recoveries and five interceptions.



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