Not everyone is a fan of Aaron Rodgers and his schtick.
Longtime Chicago sportswriter Hub Arkush said on 670 The Score on Tuesday that he would not vote for Rodgers, calling him a “bad guy” and saying the quarterback’s misleading comments about his vaccination status played a role in his decision:
“I don’t think you can be the biggest jerk in the league and punish your team, and your organization and your fan base the way he did and be the Most Valuable Player. Has he been the most valuable on the field? Yeah, you could make that argument, but I don’t think he is clearly that much more valuable than Jonathan Taylor or Cooper Kupp or maybe even Tom Brady. So from where I sit, the rest of it is why he’s not gonna be my choice. Do I think he’s gonna win it? Probably. A lot of voters don’t approach it the way I do, but others do, who I’ve spoken to. But one of the ways we get to keep being voters is we’re not allowed to say who we are voting for until after the award has been announced. I’m probably pushing the envelope by saying who I’m not voting for. But we’re not really supposed to reveal our votes.”
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Arkush said he is free to vote how he chooses without any rules about whether he can consider off-field issues like Rodgers being unvaccinated and spending 10 days on the COVID-19 reserve list.
“There’s no guidelines,” Arkush said. “We are told to pick the guy who we think is most valuable to his team. And I don’t think it says anywhere, ‘strictly on the field,’ although I do think he hurt his team on the field by the way he acted off the field. They’re gonna get the No. 1 seed anyway, but what if the difference had come down to the Chiefs game, where he lied about being vaccinated, and they ended up getting beat?”
Hub Arkush has an NFL MVP vote & it won’t be going to Aaron Rodgers.
Admits he’s the best player on the field & that the Packers are the Super Bowl favorites, but mentions he hurt his team in the offseason.
Says Rodgers is a bad guy.
— Shane Riordan (@shane_riordan) January 4, 2022
There are obviously a number of different ways to interpret the concept of value, though Arkush’s comments are likely going to raise a few eyebrows across the sport.
“I just think that the way he’s carried himself is inappropriate,” he said. “I think he’s a bad guy, and I don’t think a bad guy can be the most valuable guy at the same time.”
On the field, Rodgers is clearly playing at an MVP level.
He’s ninth in the NFL in passing yards (3,977) and tied for third in passing touchdowns (35) while completing 68.6 percent of his passes and throwing just four interceptions.
Hard to argue with those numbers.