Aaron Rodgers: Winning the MVP is important to me

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There’s no “I” in “team,” but there’s an “M” and apparently there should be a “V” and a “P”.

Earlier this week, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers admitted that he wants to once again win the ultimate individual award in the ultimate team sport.

“It’s not why you play the game,” Rodgers said Wednesday, via the Associated Press. “You play the game to dominate, to compete and to win rings. But anyone who says those things aren’t on their mind or not important to them is not the type of competitor that I am. That stuff is important to me, and I do relish the opportunity to be in the mix. It means I’m playing well and our team is in good position, as well.”

It’s good that Rodgers, the overwhelming betting favorite for MVP, opted for candor. But it’s possible if not likely those who say that awards like MVP aren’t on their mind or aren’t important to them are driven not by a lesser competitive fire but by a desire to not be perceived as thinking an individual award is meaningful in a team sport.

For Rodgers, an MVP would be No. 3 for him. Only Peyton Manning, Brett Favre, and Tom Brady have won it three times.

“So not many guys have done it,” Rodgers said. “Being a part of history is pretty special. It’s the other, personal part of it, where just proving to myself again the level that I can play at, a couple years where although I felt like I played well, the results didn’t always line up with how I felt like I was playing. So it’s nice to have everything line up the way it has this year and be very efficient throwing the football, to take care of the ball the way I take care of it.”

He’s right. But the overriding goal should have nothing to do with anything that happens in the regular season and everything that happens in the postseason. Not since 1999 has the regular-season MVP won the Super Bowl. If Rodgers doesn’t follow his third MVP season with his second Super Bowl win, his career will continue to be perceived as being less successful than it could or should have been.

Simms and I discussed the subject on Thursday’s PFT Live, and we had plenty more to say than the stuff I said with typed words above.

24 responses to “Aaron Rodgers: Winning the MVP is important to me

  1. There is an “I” in WINNING.
    In fact there are 2 of them 🙂

    But losing David Bakhtiari will hurt a lot.

    I hope it’s a good playoffs.

  2. You keep being you Aaron, I wouldn’t want it any other way. The biggest difference among all the NFCN teams and their expectations for success is still Aaron Charles Rodgers. Nothing has changed, including the whining from trolling haters.

    Good luck with that.

  3. It’s is a team sport. MVP awards leads to division and animosity amongst teammates. Let another team have it Aaron.

  4. I play tennis with a good friend, and he’s the most competitive person I’ve ever known. He simply refuses to lose. He’s not always successful but he’s always trying. He and Rodgers are that “type of competitor.” You want a great athlete of that mindset to lead your team, especially at the most important position. His teammates know what he wants and they’ll do whatever they can to help him achieve whatever he wants. They want the same thing, and there’s nothing wrong with winning. The trolling haters all turn into choirboys when their team is eliminated earlier than they hoped, wished, and prayed. “He’s too selfish. I’d never respect a guy like that.”

  5. A guy gives an honest answer and he’s a self absorbed jerk? Perhaps you’re just looking for a reason to hate on him? There’s not a player out there who wouldn’t want to win MVP. Anyone who says otherwise is blowing smoke up your you know what.

  6. The MVP can’t be won by a guy that’s only played 3 decent teams, and lost to two of them.

  7. Someone just compared Rodgers to their table tennis friend… Trust me when I say… your buddy is nothing like Rodgers and the NFL is nothing like table tennis.

  8. I have no doubt that Aaron is focused on the big picture, but I’d be totally fine if he wins league MVP and Patrick Mahomes wins Super Bowl MVP.

  9. Josh Allen deserves the MVP. Erase preconceived life time achievement biases. Josh has had the better year. And Roger’s public requests for the award should diminish his chances. Seems like this whining is tantamount to meddling and undue influence. Josh wouldn’t do that, even though he means more to his team than Rogers does. Add Allen’s rushing, receiving, and passing stats together….Josh is the better choce for MVP. Open your eyes to the truth voters. Please! Allen has been next level great this year.

  10. Damm, i give him credit. Outside of the diva WR adams this roster is absolutely garbage. He probably does deserve it. 95 percent of the roster wouldn’t make my local high school teams starting 11.

  11. “I’m the best running back in the league. I can do what other running backs simply can’t do.”

    -Dalvin Cook

    Confidence is a good thing. Don’t knock it.

  12. I get that AR wants the MVP. It recognises his talent. Ultimately, if the cast of support around you is incapable of winning a SB, then the award means something. He’s had 1 SB ring so far when his talent suggests he could have had more in a better organisation. The Packers have never taken a No 1 draft WR since he started behind centre. Yet in the most recent draft, by common consent, there were riches to be had, yet nobody was chosen. I hope he does get it because I’ll be very surprised if the Packers win the SB.

  13. you be you mr rogers.
    .
    i dont care why great players play great…is it talent, a thirst for money or fame?
    .
    aaron rogers is a great player…its not a crime to earn a trophy…

  14. I’m just glad my vikings played Green Bay when Green Bay was depleted with injuries. It was good to win our annual Superbowl.

  15. It’s not fair for him to win another MVP. They should give it to our Kirk. Green Bay wins so much (awards, titles, etc) over the years. It’s just not fair to our Vikings.

  16. There is nothing wrong with him saying it, it is to every person who is a competitor to be reconized as the best at what they do. The guys that say they don’t care are lying.

    Its funny from sports players and coaches we often prefer them to give the cliches rather than honest answers.

  17. That wasn’t arrogant or self centered, it just showed honesty and competitiveness. He’s a weird unique dude, but you gotta at least appreciate his candor and skill.

  18. cheeseisfattening says:
    January 2, 2021 at 6:20 pm
    Rodgers admits to being selfish. His family is not surprised.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    You’re saying you’re better than him?

  19. I’m so glad our Kirk Cousins doesn’t have any of that drive to win big games, honors, etc. He’s all about being a nice guy.

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