Green Bay Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers has taken a lot of flak for his stance on vaccinations, but he’s managed to tune out all the noise and have an incredible season: throwing for 3,977 yards, 35 touchdowns and just four interceptions.
The Packers are 13-3.
Despite Rodgers being the odds-on favorite to win the NFL’s MVP award, Chicago sportswriter Hub Arkush says he will not be voting for the future Hall of Famer.
“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,” Arkush said on 670 The Score in Chicago. “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.”
Arkush was pressed on whether or not he’s not going with Rodgers due to the quarterback’s thoughts on vaccinations.
“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.”
Rodgers was given a chance to respond to Arkush’s comments the following day.
“I think he’s a bum. I think he’s an absolute bum,” Rodgers said. “He doesn’t know me. I don’t know who he is, nobody knew who he was probably until yesterday’s comments. I listened to the comments, but to say he had his mind made up in the summertime, in the offseason, that I had zero chance of winning MVP … In my opinion should exclude, you know, future votes. You know, his problem isn’t with me being a bad guy or the biggest jerk in the league. He doesn’t know me. He doesn’t know me, doesn’t know anything about me. I’ve never met him, I’ve never had lunch with him, I’ve never had an interview with him.”
“His problem is I’m not vaccinated.”