As the 2021 regular season heads into the playoffs, the usual dialogue about who deserves the annual NFL MVP honor is officially on. There are several worthy opponents, from conversational newcomers like running back Jonathan Taylor and wide receiver Cooper Kupp, to the usual suspects of Tom Brady and reigning League MVP Aaron Rodgers. And after the Green Bay Packers clinched the No.1 seed in the NFC last week – for the second season in a row – it’s Rodgers who begins to pull out of the pack, but one MVP voter in particular doesn’t. vehemently disagrees.
Hub Arkush, a Chicago sports presenter, analyst and editor of Pro Football Weekly, recently revealed to 670 The Score in Chicago that there is no way Rodgers will get his MVP vote this season. As to why, well, he has his reasons.
âI don’t think you can be the biggest jerk in the league and punish your team, organization and fan base like he did and be the MVP,â Arkush said, via USA today. âHas he been the most valuable on the pitch? Yes, you could make that point, but I don’t think he’s clearly more valuable than Jonathan Taylor or Cooper Kupp or maybe even Tom Brady. so, where do I sit, the rest is why it won’t be my choice. “
Arkush is no doubt referring to the season’s scandal involving Rodgers using double talk about his vaccination status – qualifying during the offseason as “immune” – a move that created a storm between the Packers and the league after he realized he was not vaccinated. (following a positive COVID-19 test) and had violated NFL protocols. He would miss Week 9’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs, one of only three losses in the Packers’ record, before returning the following week to face the Seattle Seahawks.
Rodgers was not suspended for his actions, but Arkush is not dropping the case. He’ll keep Rodgers’ feet on fire when it comes time to begin MVP voting, much to the chagrin of many in the league.
“And we let the guys love it [Arkush] vote for the awards and All-Pro. A real loophole system, “All-Pro double cornerback Casey Hayward said via Twitter. “Trash system to choose who votes.”
Former two-time Super Bowl champion Chris Long has also joined the fray, hooking up Arkush for his decision.
âThat’s stupid,â Long wrote, via Twitter. âHe lied, the cancel boogeyman isn’t real, but it’s stupid. Plus, if you think he’s the biggest jerk in the league, you don’t know the players. the MVP.
“It’s about football.”
Arkush might not be the only voter with this idea in mind, but he was the one who said it out loud and as such the aforementioned bogeyman is now at his gate.
The public shame did not end with Hayward and Long, however, and not by any stretch of the imagination, with players and members of the media aiming at Arkush for allowing his personal feelings about a player to be. outweigh his assessment of the MVP-caliber game. That said, this isn’t the first time something like this has happened in the NFL (ask Terrell Owens about his Hall of Fame process) and it sure won’t be the last, but Rodgers will likely collect more than that. enough votes to clinch the award for a second consecutive season.
But he has no chance of achieving unanimity.