All hail Aaron Rodgers as he once again bags the coveted title of the National Football League Most Valuable Player.
Rodgers may have lost the championship last year but winning the MVP award for the fourth time in a row is undoubtedly an excellent consolation prize.
The four-time winner did not achieve his feat easily as he beat out other legends such as recently retired Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady.
Aaron Rodgers Bags His Fourth NFL MVP Award
On Thursday, February 10, the NFL crowned Rodgers as the MVP for 2022 after the Associated Press gave him a whopping 50 votes to be selected as the first team as opposed to Brady, who received ten votes.
USA Today reported these statistics and noted that Cooper Kupp of the Los Angeles Rams only received one vote. Rodgers told the outlet:
“It is kind of surreal sitting here. Being a four-time MVP is crazy. They’re [his MVP awards] all different. They’ve all unique in their own ways, and this one feels the sweetest.”
The athlete shared a shocking revelation that he almost retired during the last tumultuous offseason. He even became so upset with the Packers’ front office that he would have left mid-game.
Despite a slim chance of returning for a new season with the Packers, Rodgers showed up to the training on the first day and carried on with stellar performances until his loss to San Francisco at the NFC divisional round.
Some sports personalities also believed Rodgers would never win another MVP award. Earlier this year, The Blast revealed that MVP voter Hub Arkush said he would not be voting for him.
Arkush explained that his decision was not based on Rogers’ playing abilities but because he had decided not to do so long ago. He also told local radio in Chicago:
“I don’t think you can be the biggest jerk in the league and punish your team, and your organization and your fan base the way he did and be the Most Valuable Player.”
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Rodgers was not one to let bygones be bygones when he appeared at a press conference to confirm that he had listened to Arkush’s comments, and though he had never met him, he had some words for him.
The athlete said, ”I think he’s a bum, I think he’s an absolute bum. He doesn’t know me. I don’t know who he is. No one knew who he was probably until yesterday’s comments.”
Rodgers believed that Arkush had a bone to pick with him not because he is a bad guy or a jerk in the league but because he refuses to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
The NFL’s 2022 MVP Doubled Down On COVID Stance
Rodgers became a hot topic when he tested positive for COVID-19 due to a lack of vaccination after insinuating he was “immunized” against the virus.
The Blast disclosed last November that Rodgers explained his situation, saying that he is not an anti-vax flat-earther but a critical thinker who firmly believes in bodily autonomy.
The Green Bay quarterback said he would not “acquiesce to some woke culture or crazed group of individuals who say you have to do something. Health is not a one-size-fits-all for everybody.”
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Rodgers later stated he was on Ivermectin—despite FDA warnings against using it as a COVID-19 treatment—and took monoclonal antibodies under the advice of controversial podcast host Joe Rogan.
While on “The Pat McAfee Show,” the partner to Shailene Woodley accused society of not doing an excellent job of researching monoclonal antibodies even though the FDA approved emergency usage of the substance in 2020.
Despite no scientific backing, Rodgers posited that he and Rogan came up with a “protocol” to treat COVID by using the animal dewormer Ivermectin.
Rogan and his counterpart chose to avoid the COVID-19 vaccine out of fear that the shots may lead to sterility and the belief that natural immunity from infection is the best defense.
The quarterback also called out the NFL for using coercion to force players to receive the COVID vaccine. He insisted that unvaccinated players are not “dangerous superspreaders.”
Rodgers is highly incorrect per current statistics, as over 100 players have tested positive for COVID-19 since December 16, forcing the NFL to release a statement promising significant chances to their pandemic protocols.