Hub Arkush cast the lone ballot for Cooper Kupp for regular-season MVP

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Hub Arkush said he wouldn’t vote for Aaron Rodgers for MVP. Arkush was true to his word.

Arkush, one of 50 MVP voters, said in a Tuesday appearance on 670 The Score in Chicago that he cast what was the lone vote for Rams receiver Cooper Kupp.

In early January, Arkush called Rodgers “the biggest jerk in the league” and a “bad guy” in expressing an intention to not vote for Rodgers. The Packers quarterback responded by calling Arkush an “absolute bum,” arguing that Arkush’s position was driven solely by the fact that Rodgers wasn’t vaccinated. (It’s possible to think he’s a jerk for other reasons; regardless, none of that should affect the assessment of whether he’s the NFL MVP.)

Arkush apologized for preemptively tipping his hand but he was otherwise defiant, chiding “a small army of self-styled social media and talk radio experts who have no clue what they’re talking about to challenge the quality of the voting process and would attempt to invalidate any vote or thought process that doesn’t agree with their own.” (Maybe Arkush and Rodgers have more in common than they realize.)

Kupp became the first receiver to get an MVP vote since Randy Moss in 1998. Rodgers won the award, even though he suggested (based on a rampant persecution complex) that he’d never win another MVP award after his “I’ve been immunized” controversy, arising from his effort to hide from the media the fact that he wasn’t vaccinated.

68 responses to “Hub Arkush cast the lone ballot for Cooper Kupp for regular-season MVP

  1. Even though his reasoning for not voting for a player is crabbed, I would’ve voted for Kupp too.

    MVP can’t just be “media’s favorite QB” every year.

  2. If you consider all playoff games, instead of just the regular season, the most valuable player was clearly Joe Burrow this year. He was the sole reason for the Bengals playing in the Super Bowl…and I’m a Ravens fan.

  3. Can’t say he was wrong. That name, though! Born a century too late. Guy like that should be rooting out corruption in Tammany Hall or chasing Nellie Bly around the world.

  4. I want Aaron Rodgers to keep playing at a high level in the NFL, because I’m afraid after he retires from football the egotistical lying blowhard runs for political office.

  5. MVP should include the postseason. Laying a giant egg in the playoffs should have an effect on you being the “most valuable player.” Kupp showed up there too.

  6. Maybe the author should join Rodgers and Arkush in the category of “rejecting any viewpoints but my own” since he rejects the possibility that MVP could be viewed to also include character and leadership and other off field qualities because “it shouldn’t.”

    You realize that’s an opinion and with MVP undefined by the league Arkush has a legitimate thought process that fits in the current guidelines of the NFL, even though it doesnt fit your opinion. Whether the NFL should make a majority vote to put strict guidelines on voters or leave it up to interpretation is up for debate but “most valuable” could mean a lot of things.

  7. >>In early January, Arkush called Rodgers “the biggest jerk in the league” and a “bad guy” in expressing an intention to not vote for Rodgers.

    The problem with that is then it opens the door to anyone not voting for the MVP rather the popular player. I don’t like Rodgers, but if he is the best, then you should vote for him.

    Let me turn it around on you – I dislike Belichick the person, he seems like a Jerk. So if there is a vote for Coach of the decade or hall of fame (which Belichick clearly deserves) would it be OK if I didn’t vote for him because I don’t like him?

    I don’t like … Kupps beard, so I wont vote for him. How is that?

  8. Good. Kupp literally had the best season by a WR in NFL history. Unfortunately, the MVP has become the MVQB award.

  9. Rams will go down as one of the weakest super bowl winners in history. If not for Big Coop they lose to the BUCS they lose to the BUCS and Bengals. Can’t be more valuable than that.a

  10. Kupp should have gotten the award. Stafford chokes in big moments. Kupp bailed him out all season.

  11. I want Aaron Rodgers to keep playing at a high level in the NFL, because I’m afraid after he retires from football the egotistical lying blowhard runs for political office.
    ——

    0% chance. Rodgers is A-political like most of the country. Doesn’t get involved in that hobby.

  12. The league is designed that the QB position is overwhelmingly the most important position on the team to the extent that if you don’t have a QB, you have very little chance to win. No other position in the league can say that, so it is natural that a QB wins the MVP the most. The NFL should have a separate award for QBs like MLB does for pitchers with the CY Young. The MVP should be for every position except QB, and the “Otto Graham” or “Sid Luckman” award for QB

  13. Hub Arkush admitted publicly that he did a dumb thing revealing he would never vote for Rodgers. But most sports commentators, and Rodgers himself who said “who’s he?” have no clue he was publishing ProFootBallWeekly 30-40 years before there was anything else besides The Sporting News – which was baseball-oriented.

  14. Hub Arkush is a petulant old fool. He’s also a Bear fan and wouldn’t have voted for Rodgers if he was the last remaining player in the league.

  15. I respect Hub for his great work at Pro Football Weekly. But Hub’s a Bears fan. He’s not happy that Rodgers still owns his team.

  16. I think if you get Home Field Advantage…with a week off…and you are supposed to be this GREAT QB…but you come up light AGAIN and only score 10 points…and LOSE…AGAIN…in the playoffs…that
    1) You are really not GREAT
    2) You dont deserve the MVP…because an MVP would not do THAT…

    Cooper Kup kicked A$$ in every playoff game and SB…THAT’s an MVP

  17. If people didn’t view it as the Best Quarterback Award then there would have been more votes for Kupp

  18. Rodgers was a jerk before COVID outbreaks. I have no problem with anyone voting for an elite non QB.

  19. Cooper Kupp should ABSOLUTELY have been MVP. Not even close. But sadly, it’s a QB’s world.

  20. Let’s be honest, MVP in almost every voting in every league is not “literally” Most Valuable Player.

    Anyone here think Joe Burrow is NOT the MVP?

  21. Kupp was more deserving than Rodgers and so was Brady. Rodgers should have been #3 on the list.

  22. richabbs says:
    February 15, 2022 at 8:36 pm
    If you consider all playoff games, instead of just the regular season, the most valuable player was clearly Joe Burrow this year. He was the sole reason for the Bengals playing in the Super Bowl…and I’m a Ravens fan.
    ——————————————————————————————————————
    Does that mean Ja’mar Chase’s 1,455 receiving yards and 13 TDs didn’t help. I guess being the Offensive Rookie of the Year was nothing. Joe Mixon’s 1,200 rushing yards and 13 receiving TDs and 3 receiving TDs didn’t help either. Right? Joe Mixon also had as many TD passes as Burrow in the SB. All Burrow though.

  23. Arkush, lol. Sorry, but he really comes off like a sore loser in Bears rose-colored glasses with this.

  24. The vote for Aaron Rodgers still makes no sense. Tampa Bay had the same record as Green Bay 13-4, and scored 61 more points. Tom Brady had 5,316 yards passing and 43 TDs, while Rodgers had just 4,115 yards passing and 37 TDs. Not even close. And Brady had no drama.

  25. There’s way more posturing here from both these guys than I cate to sort out.

  26. The reason the MVP go ones to a QB is because he is in on every offensive play! Running backs only ave getting the ball 24 times a game! Receiver maybe 14 plays a game! That’s why you have an award offensive player of the year! Defensive player of the year! The Qb calls the plays and runs the whole offense! That’s why!

  27. After the season Kupp had, he deserved more than one vote. Just because a QB has a strong season statistically doesn’t make him the MVP of the entire league. Kupp set seven league records.

  28. If Hub was right he was right for the wrong reasons. He didn’t vote for Kupp because he thought Kupp was the MVP. He voted for him because he personally didn’t like the QB most likely to be MVP. If there was another QB having a similar season as Rodgers available to vote for he would have voted for that QB.

  29. Rodgers was right; it was a crusade about him not being vaccinated; a crusade that failed miserably.

  30. Glad Cooper Kupp had the season he did. I have watched him since 2017. Dude straight balls. And we are Super Bowl Champions baby!!!

    In regards to Herb Arkush, in the famous words of Jay Cutler….DON”T CARE. Herb can go kick rocks.

    From Dakota Prescott:
    Winners worry about winning. Losers worry about winners.

  31. Arkush got it spot on, 49 others didn’t, regardless of his character and stats, Rogers was not the most valuable player, the Packers win their division every year and are usually seeded 1 or 2 in the conference and they have a very good roster, so what did Rogers do that was so outstanding?
    Neither Bengals or Rams get into the play off’s without Burrow or Kupp, so it should have been between those two for the MVP!
    The MVP should be for the most valuable player not the most valuable QB, Rogers failed on both counts to be the most valuable !
    The 49 hacks, should be fired, because clearly they haven’t got a clue 😏

  32. What a glorious postseason for Hub Arkush who now looks like a genius. A lot of you owe him an apology.

  33. ann89103 says:
    February 15, 2022 at 8:38 pm
    I want Aaron Rodgers to keep playing at a high level in the NFL, because I’m afraid after he retires from football the egotistical lying blowhard runs for political office.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    He has the selfish intent and lying down pat.

  34. And this is the very reason the superbowl MVP voting panel should NOT be expanded to include media members.
    This blowhard is a well known die hard Bears fan. He told the world a month ago that he wouldn’t vote for Rodgers because he was a jerk.
    I think Rodgers is a jerk too, but he obviously deserved to win. And Hub should be stripped of his MVP vote forever

  35. I remember back in 2011, Peyton’s last year in Indy spent on the bench because of his neck surgery. Colts go 2-14 after being a perennial threat. Someone (half-joking perhaps) suggested Manning for MVP… clearly he was at least the most valuable player in Indy.

    I guess the same concept could be applied to Kupp and Rodgers. Take either off their respective team and I think you easily subtract 3-4 wins per team, probably more in Rodgers case. Maybe the Rams don’t even make the playoffs considering Woods injury and OBJ doesn’t arrive til November.. they at least don’t win the division. Interesting to think about!

  36. Well, Hub got it right. It’s stupid to pick the MVP before the playoffs. Rodgers laid a big fat egg as the #1 seed. Not MVP-worthy. Not even close.

  37. I’d be more interested to know how Hub voted in 2020 when, I think, everything pointed much more to Rodgers than it did in 2021. Josh Allen and Mahomes got a handful of votes.

    Not saying that it should be anonymous, I’m actually kind of shocked that Kupp didn’t get more votes because of how historically remarkable his season was.

  38. There’s got to be othwr voters who don’t vote for a player due to their own personal bias’ but just don’t say it. Unlike them, Hub was forthcoming. Bottom line, the system is flawed. Either fix it or do away with it altogether.

  39. Currently the regular season MVP is not very formulaic. It’s not exactly a popularity contest, but it is very unclear what the criteria is. Rodgers won for 5 reasons in my opinion.

    1. Efficiency – Definitely something that is highly valued for MVPs, past and present.
    2. Jordan Love game – Seeing what the team looked like with Love was a big win for Rodgers.
    3. Performance toward the end of the year. Performances in wins after Thanksgiving have a higher perceived value than wins in the first half of the season. This probably makes sense because in the last quarter of the year a team is probably performing at its peak level. Limping into the playoffs is never seen as good.
    4. First seed. Even though it might not matter in terms of individual performance, getting the first seed, particularly with a game to go, is a factor.
    5. Eye test. Rodgers looks good throwing the ball and making off-schedule plays. Doesn’t make him better at the job than Brady, it just looks better. He makes amazing-looking throws. That’s a factor.

    Things that should be considered more in my opinion:

    1. Leadership and impact on team building.
    2. Complementary football. For a QB, is the style they are playing giving the team their best chance to win. For example, Brady in NE was short passing which helps the defense stay off the field and in Tampa he threw the ball way more and was asked to take way more risks with the ball. Very different approaches, but still effective. Neither method more or less deserving of a MVP.

  40. He’s also a Bear fan and wouldn’t have voted for Rodgers if he was the last remaining player in the league.

    Not a damn thing wrong with that.

  41. Jerry Rice scored 23 TDs in a 12 game strike shortened-season and didn’t win MVP.

    Get lost with this Kupp nonsense.

  42. As soon as I saw Kupp got one vote, I immediately hoped that it wasn’t Hub’s vote. I have no problem that Kupp got a vote, but this one was by default. Hub should lose his vote. He would have been better off if he wrote in a vote for Ditka.

  43. Cooper got a SB ring. The two winner of the last two MVPs got a stupid trophy and another failed relationship. I’m so over that arrogant jerk. Enjoy the trophies.

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