Hub Arkush acknowledges a “big mistake” in talking about his MVP voting plans

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Hub Arkush created a firestorm on Tuesday by admitting that he won’t vote for Aaron Rodgers for MVP for reasons unrelated to Rodgers’s football performance from Week One through Week 18. Appearing Wednesday on 670 The Score in Chicago the day after the eruption, Arkush acknowledged an error not with his reasoning but with his decision to disclose it publicly.

“I made a big mistake last night,” Arkush said.

He explained that the mistake came not from tying the vote to improper factors but in talking about it publicly.

“It’s on me,” Arkush said of his decision to disclose his plan to not vote for Rodgers. “I screwed up. . . . All you can do is own it, and I own it.”

It’s unclear whether he’ll still own one of the 50 votes. He shouldn’t. But not because he talked about his voting plans. He shouldn’t have a vote because he won’t vote for Rodgers for reasons unrelated to merit. And at no point on Wednesday did he say that he has reconsidered the situation or that he realizes he shouldn’t base the vote on offseason drama or vaccination prevarication.

So, yes, he shouldn’t have spoken about it. By doing so, however, he put the AP on notice that he’s not using the right factors in making these important decisions. It will be interesting to see whether AP lets him have what amounts to a two-percent voice for all of the AP awards and the All-Pro team.

50 responses to “Hub Arkush acknowledges a “big mistake” in talking about his MVP voting plans

  1. But his reasons for not voting for Rodgers *are* related to merit:

    Rodgers held out, was not available in training camp, and compromised his team’s preparation. He also lied about his health status, catching his coaches and teammates unawares that he might be a lineup risk, unavailable on short notice.

    Those are not the actions of a guy who is the most valuable to his team. There must be someone else who, when compared with Rodgers, is more valuable to his team then someone who commits these actions.

  2. Thank goodness he’s not an NFL referee. Subjective opinions and feelings will/would never factor into THEIR decisions.

  3. He’s human. Not saying he is right, but I guarantee he isn’t the only voter to make a decision based on emotion or bias rather than who is most deserving. At least he owned up to it which you don’t see very much now days.

  4. If Rodgers sits out this week he will have missed two games. Shouldn’t the other MVP candidates have their 2 worst games taken out of the equation and then see who should win the award?

  5. Maybe Arkush sincerely believes that overall jerkiness detracts from a player’s value, making it so the most productive and talented statistically will not be going to many Super Bowls because his attitude bleeds down to the team psyche. There is merit in character and leadership. When it is lacking, team performance suffers.

  6. wheres my vote? i’d love to help the votes be based on merit for once, and not popularity contest.

  7. Angry old man throws water on fire after shaking fist, screaming “GET OFF MY LAWN!”

    Dude’s gonna lose his vote, as he should. It’s a shame because Hub usually seems pretty objective… yeah he’s a Bears guy, but his coverage of the rest of football at least seems reasonable. With the SINGLE exception to that being anything and everything Aaron Rodgers. Hub has been bellyaching and being a cry baby about Rodgers “forever” at this point.

  8. Like some many have said from Terry Bradshaw to Kareem abul Jabbar he flat out lied about being vaccinated and he’s paid a huge price for it he’s all but done at State Farm and millions of NFL
    fans no longer respect him.
    Is it fair to ask for an MVP millions won’t be ashamed of ? as a Packers fan i will forever not
    like him he’s a weasellllllllll .

  9. Rodger not available for training camp? Nope. He got in the night before. As far as Hub is concerned, its nothing more than Packer Hating sediment. If he had a vote, I bet he would have had no problem casting it for Sammy Sosa for MVP. And he was cheating.

  10. The AP always has opinion or narrative setting bias within their headlines and reporting writ large. This guy is just another example from which big media see itself as some higher moral authority.

    Also begs the question, why do these types have say over the MVP race?

  11. But his reasons for not voting for Rodgers *are* related to merit:

    Rodgers held out, was not available in training camp, and compromised his team’s preparation. He also lied about his health status, catching his coaches and teammates unawares that he might be a lineup risk, unavailable on short notice.

    Those are not the actions of a guy who is the most valuable to his team. There must be someone else who, when compared with Rodgers, is more valuable to his team then someone who commits these actions.
    ==========

    He’s playing, arguably, as well as he ever has
    Is demonstrating absolute and total mastery of that offense
    Isn’t surrounded by an exceptional core of skill players like Brady and Burrow
    And is arguably the biggest reason the Packers have the best record in football

    Not bad for an anti-vaccing, malcontent, camp skipper……………

  12. therealtrenches says:
    January 5, 2022 at 12:27 pm
    But his reasons for not voting for Rodgers *are* related to merit:

    Rodgers held out, was not available in training camp, and compromised his team’s preparation. He also lied about his health status, catching his coaches and teammates unawares that he might be a lineup risk, unavailable on short notice.

    Those are not the actions of a guy who is the most valuable to his team. There must be someone else who, when compared with Rodgers, is more valuable to his team then someone who commits these actions.

    _______________________________________________________________________________________

    I agree, his actions affected his team, although maybe in a more subtle, less conventional way.

    I also hope Rodgers doesn’t get it just because it will make him really angry. This guy has never bene likeable but he has really drained the pool even more the last couple seasons

  13. I imagine there is some overlap with the MVP voters and the Hall of Fame voters that kept TO out for off the field antics.

  14. MVPs don’t break protocol and endanger teammates because they believe the world can’t wait to see their awesome Halloween costume.

  15. The Immunized one sure did cheat he was not wearing a mask most of the time especially around the media why you ask because he was hiding his lie he wanted everyone to think he was vaccinated what Hub said about him is 100 % true the rodgers fan boys can’t handle the truth.

  16. Pro Football Weekly was started by his father not him. He is just washed up trying to stay relevant.

  17. I normally agree with Mike Florio on matters such as this one. But I sure as heck disagree here.

    As I understand it, the NFL does not define what MVP voters should consider in casting their votes. I believe that “value” fairly includes leadership qualities. It need not be limited to what a player does between the lines. I believe that a voter should be free to factor in a player’s off-the-field conduct if that conduct affects his team. And that voter should feel free to discuss his criteria publicly unless the NFL generally restricts discussion by the voters of their criteria. Whether a voter wants to generate a firestorm of controversy is his decision.

  18. Gotta love when political and personal feelings get in the way of doing your job… he is supposed to be basing things on NFL Football and he isn’t…

  19. “By doing so, however, he put the AP on notice that he’s not using the right factors in making these important decisions.”

    When Arkush said that he’s spoken to fellow voters who will not vote for Rodgers for the same reasons, he essentially put the AP on notice that this could be a systemic issue; not just a one-off.

  20. Never ceases to amaze that people can’t keep their inner most thoughts to themselves. Loose lips sink ships. Always have, always will.

  21. He really should be removed from the panel for taking his responsibility personally!!

  22. It’s not “improper factors”. MVP does not have a definition as 100% stat based and you can see from the HOF voting that the NFL happily considers off field issues when rejecting TO from the hall for so long. Whether relatively small off field issues like that or Rodgers should be considered at all is debatable, but if it’s close it could be a fair tipping point and Rodgers with less than 4k passing yards is far from a runaway MVP when Brady has 5k but more ints.

  23. hess97 says:
    January 5, 2022 at 12:40 pm
    wheres my vote? i’d love to help the votes be based on merit for once, and not popularity contest.
    ________

    You have to have accomplished something in order to get one of the 50 votes.

  24. IMO, no one who’s unvaccinated is an MVP.

    If you can’t even get a simple shot to help ensure your availability to your team, you have no sense of commitment to anyone but yourself.

  25. If they can keep someone like Terrell Owens out of the Hall of Fame for 100% personal reasons, then why can’t they avoid voting for Rodgers for personal reasons?

  26. Go ahead Cancel Culture AP voters. Give the MVP to somebody else, and forever tarnish your award with your petty political bias.

    Aaron would love nothing more.

  27. Certainly there is another person out there that has more integrity than Hub.

  28. You are what your record says you are. You can’t say Rodgers hurt the Packers when they’ve got the #1 seed with him as QB.

  29. How many games did they win while Rodgers was out? If the answer is 0 then he should remain in consideration regardless of his lack of scientific knowledge.

  30. Rodgers bugs the crap out of me. Like a lot. But he should be in the MVP conversation. I personally wanna see it be Kupp or Taylor cause they’ve both been insane and I’d like to see someone who’s not a QB. But Rodgers does deserve to be in the conversation. Regardless of his off the field issues

  31. therealtrenches says:
    January 5, 2022 at 12:27 pm
    But his reasons for not voting for Rodgers *are* related to merit:

    Rodgers held out, was not available in training camp, and compromised his team’s preparation.
    —————————————————————————————————————————
    And yet the Packers locked up the #1 seed with a week to spare. It seems as though they were well prepared.

  32. His statement reads I made a mistake to remove the mask of impartial analysis and never should have publicly chastised Rodgers. Instead please forget I said this an allow me to vote on the MVP factoring in my personal non football opinion.

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