Although Aaron Rodgers is currently the frontrunner for the NFL’s Most Valuable Player Award, Associated Press voter Hub Arkush admitted he will not support the Packers quarterback in his bid for a fourth MVP.
During part of the Chicago radio station WSCR-AM on Friday, Arkush revealed his thoughts on Rodgers, saying he was considering his off-field character in addition to his performance on the field this season in terms of MVP voting. He called Rodgers a “jerk” and compared his season to others in the race, such as Colts running back Jonathan Taylor, Rams receiver Cooper Kupp and Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady.
Rodgers has been in the news throughout the 2021 NFL season, not only because of his Packers offseason holdout and uncertain future at Green Bay, but also because he misled journalists when he discussed his vaccination status earlier this year. When Rodgers received COVID, he lashed out at those who criticized him for making misleading comments about the COVID vaccine.
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“I don’t think you can be the biggest fool in the league and punish your team, your organization and your fan base like he did and be the most valuable player,” Arkush said. “Has he been the most valuable on the field? Yes, you could make that argument, but I do not think he is clearly that much more valuable than Jonathan Taylor or Cooper Kupp or maybe even Tom Brady. So from where I sit is the rest of it why he does not want to be my choice. “
Arkush is one of 50 voters who will cast their ballots to decide who will receive the NFL MVP Award. While voters should not reveal who they want to vote for, Arkush admitted why he would not vote for Rodgers:
“I just think the way he has behaved is inappropriate,” Arkush told WSCR-AM. “I think he’s a bad guy, and I do not think a bad guy can be the most valuable guy at the same time.”
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Rodgers has won three MVP awards and currently sits at -400 odds of winning the award – according to ESPN – for the second season in a row. A fourth MVP will make him the second NFL player in history, other than Peyton Manning, to win the award four times.
With the 37-10 victory over the Vikings on Sunday, the Packers got seed No. 1 in the NFC playoffs and secured a farewell week in the first round. Rodgers told reporters after the victory that he plans to start for the Packers’ last regular season game. Green Bay travels to Detroit for their game against the Lions on Sunday.