Although Aaron Rodgers is currently the frontrunner for the NFL’s Most Valuable Player award, Associated Press voter Hub Arkush admits he won’t be backing the Packers quarterback in his bid to win a fourth MVP.
During a segment on Chicago radio station WSCR-AM on Friday, Arkush revealed his thoughts on Rodgers, saying he considers his off-field character beyond his on-field performance during the season. This award involves voting for the MVP. He called Rodgers an “idiot” and compared his season to others in the race such as Colts running back Jonathan Taylor, the Rams’ Cooper Kupp and Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady.
Rodgers has been in the news throughout the 2021 NFL season, not only because of his departure from the Packers and uncertain future in Green Bay, but also because he misled reporters when discussing his vaccination status at the beginning of the year. When Rodgers contracted COVID, he criticized his critics for making misleading comments about the COVID vaccine.
“I don’t think you can be the biggest jerk in the league and punish your team, your organization and your fan base the way he did and be the Most Valuable Player. ,” Arkush said. “Is he the most valuable on the pitch? Yes, you can make that argument, but I don’t think he’s clearly worth much more than Jonathan Taylor or Cooper Kupp or maybe even Tom Brady. So from where I sit, the rest is why he’s not my choice. “
Arkush is one of 50 voters who will vote to decide who will receive the NFL’s MVP award. While voters were not revealed who they would be voting for, Arkush admitted why he did not vote for Rodgers:
Arkush told WSCR-AM: “I just thought the way he carried himself was inappropriate. “I think he’s a bad guy, and I don’t think a bad person can be the most valuable person at the same time.”
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Rodgers has won three MVP awards and is currently at -400 odds to win the prize – according to ESPN – for the second season in a row. A fourth MVP would make him the second NFL player in history, besides Peyton Manning, to win the award four times.
With a 37-10 win over Vikings on Sunday, the Packers claimed the No. 1 seed in the NFC knockouts and earned a bye week in the first round. Rodgers told reporters after the win he was due to start for the final game of the Packers regular season. Green Bay is heading to Detroit for the game against the Lions on Sunday.