(Audacy) Regardless of how much he plays in the regular-season finale Sunday, Packers star quarterback Aaron Rodgers seems all but certain to win his second straight MVP and the fourth of his illustrious career. But he isn't in line to be a unanimous choice, as NFL insider and 670 The Score host Hub Arkush revealed Tuesday that he won't cast his vote for Rodgers, whom he considers to be the “biggest jerk in the league."
Asked Wednesday about Arkush's stance, Rodgers didn't mince words and also suggested he have his MVP ballot taken away.
“He’s an absolute bum,” Rodgers said of Arkush. “He doesn’t know me. I don’t know who he is. No one knew who he was, probably, until yesterday’s comments.”
Rodgers also took aim at Arkush for his stance on Rodgers being unvaccinated. In an interview on the Parkins & Spiegel Show on Tuesday, Arkush called Rodgers misleading the public about his vaccination status "one more log on the fire" in his off-the-field conduct that turned Arkush off. Arkush had also cited Rodgers creating friction with the Packers organization last offseason as his primary reason for not voting Rodgers as MVP.
“His problem is I’m not vaccinated,” Rodgers insisted. “If he wants to go on a crusade and collude and come up with an extra letter to put on the MVP award just for this season and it make it the Most Valuable Vaccinated Player, then he should do that.”
Rodgers, who has been noncommittal about his NFL future beyond this season, has been a magnet for controversy, ruffling feathers with his polarizing views on COVID-19, which many have characterized as misleading and ill-informed.
“I knew this was possible. I talked about it on (Pat) McAfee weeks ago,” Rodgers said. “But he’s a bum and I’m not going to waste any time worrying about that stuff. (Arkush) doesn’t know what I do, who I am and he’s never talked to me in his life.”
In a follow-up interview on 670 The Score on late Wednesday morning, Arkush called it a "big mistake" to publicly reveal that he wasn't voting for Rodgers ahead of the winner being announced. He added he had regrets about how he described what went into his decision to not cast a ballot for Rodgers.
"I didn’t say very well what I wanted to say," Arkush said. "All you can do is own it, and I own it.”
In recent years, the MVP award has been reserved almost exclusively for quarterbacks — the last non-quarterback to win was Vikings running back Adrian Peterson in 2012. But in the absence of a clear-cut choice (advanced metrics suggest Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady actually has a more compelling MVP case than Rodgers), some are beginning to wonder if that criteria is outdated, particularly with Rams receiver Cooper Kupp and Colts running back Jonathan Taylor both having exemplary seasons.
If Rodgers takes home MVP honors again in 2021, he’d be the first repeat winner since Peyton Manning in 2008-'09.