GREEN BAY – Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers didn’t hold back Wednesday.
When asked for his response to Associated Press MVP voter Hub Arkush declaring on a Chicago radio show he wouldn’t be casting his MVP vote for Rodgers because he’s a “bad guy” and “the biggest jerk in the league” for his offseason and vaccine-related controversies, Rodgers fired back.
“I think he’s a bum,” Rodgers said. “Think he’s an absolute bum. He doesn’t know me. I don’t know who he is.
“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 future votes.”
Head Coach Matt LaFleur concurred that it raises questions about a voter’s worthiness to consider the issues Arkush mentioned.
“We hold that award in high regard. I think most do,” LaFleur said prior to the Packers’ practice Wednesday. “I think it’s an absolute privilege to be able to vote for that award. To consider anything else outside of what you see when that player’s out there playing I think is a disservice to everybody.”
Rodgers is viewed as a leading candidate for his fourth NFL MVP award, having thrown 35 touchdown passes against just two interceptions since the Packers’ dud of an opener vs. New Orleans.
Even including that rough game, Rodgers leads the league with a 111.1 passer rating, and the Packers have the league’s best record at 13-3 with the No. 1 seed for the NFC playoffs already clinched heading into this week’s regular-season finale at Detroit.
Rodgers is expected to start against the Lions but perhaps not play the whole game. Since it doesn’t factor into the Packers’ playoff prospects, there’s little about this final performance that will sway votes one way or the other. The MVP award is for the regular season only and votes from the 50-member AP panel are cast before the playoffs begin.