Even amid the controversy this year has sparked, Aaron Rodgers looks in line to win the fourth NFL MVP of his career.
But if Rodgers wins, it won’t be a unanimous pick. One of the award voters, Hub Arkush, who covers the Bears, admitted that while Rodgers has been valuable on the field, the Packers’ quarterback’s off-field fiascos will prevent him from getting his vote. Arkush even went so far as to call Rodgers “the biggest jerk in the league.”
“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 MVP,” Arkush. saying.
“Has he been the most valuable in the field? Yes, you could make that argument, but I don’t think it’s clearly much more valuable than Jonathan Taylor or Cooper Kupp or maybe even Tom Brady. So from where I sit, the rest is why he won’t be my pick. “
Rodgers learned of this on Wednesday and was asked directly about Arkush’s comments, at which point Rodgers proceeded to call Arkush for his decision. He did not hold back in doing so:
“I think he’s a bum. I think he’s an absolute bum. He doesn’t know me. I don’t know who he is. No one knew who he was, probably until yesterday’s comments,” Rodgers said.
In particular, Rodgers took issue with Arkush’s characterization of the former as “the biggest jerk in the league” or as “a bad guy”, professing multiple times that the two have never faced each other in any capacity.
Rodgers also felt that Arkush’s decision had more to do with his vaccination status than anything else.
“I listened to the comments. His problem is not that I’m a bad guy or the most idiot in the league, because he doesn’t know me and he doesn’t know anything about me,” Rodgers said. “His problem is that I’m not vaccinated. So if he wants to go on a crusade and conspire and present an additional letter to present the award just for this season and make him Vaccinated MVP, then he should.” that.”
Rodgers this season is completing 68.6 percent of his passes while throwing for 3,977 yards to complete 35 touchdowns and four interceptions. FanDuel lists Rodgers as an overwhelming -400 favorite to win the NFL MVP. According to FanDuel, second place Tom Brady comes with +550, Jonathan Taylor with +1400, Joe Burrow with +2000 and Josh Allen, Patrick Mahomes and Cooper Kupp with +4000.