Back-To-Back MVP, Back-To-Back ESPY Snubs; Aaron Rodgers Falls To Shohei Ohtani And Super Bowl MVP Cooper Kupp In Best Male Athlete Category

Published 07/21/2022, 10:30 AM EDT

Sometimes you need more than back-to-back MVP awards to bag an ESPY. The same thing is happening with Aaron Rodgers. In 2020, he won an MVP award and got snubbed from the ESPY. Again, in 2021, he won another MVP award but was snubbed yet again from the ESPY. It must be hurting Rodgers, but Shohei Ohtani and Cooper Kupp will be pleased as they steer their way to an ESPY.

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Aaron Rodgers was not the first choice for the award this season. Los Angeles Rams WR Cooper Kupp displaced him in the ESPY as the best NFL player. The Rams WR was a key architect in helping the team win the Super Bowl LVI and won the Super Bowl MVP as well.

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Rodgers got nominated in another category for the ESPY. It was the Best Athlete in Men’s Sports. However, he couldn’t count on his stars to win that one either. Los Angeles Angels’ pitcher, Shohei Ohtani, won the Best Athlete award along with his Best MLB player award. The Best Athlete award is the biggest award in the ESPY and the Packers’ QB will certainly be disappointed with this snub.

Jun 18, 2021; Anaheim, California, USA; Los Angeles Angels second baseman Luis Rengifo (2) celebrates with designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (17) after hitting a solo home run during the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Moreover, the Warriors star and recent NBA champion, Steph Curry, won the ESPY for Best NBA Player. But the one that stings Rodgers the most is his back-to-back snub from the Best NFL player award.

The ESPY woes of 4x NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers

In 2020, the 38-year-old lost to the NFL GOAT Tom Brady, who led the Buccaneers to a Super Bowl win. Even though Rodgers won the season MVP award, the ESPY chose Brady as their winner. It looks like a pattern and Rodgers could make amends.

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It looks like winning a season MVP award is not enough. You have to emerge as a champion and lead the team to a championship victory to be named the best player. Look at Brady in 2020, Cooper Kupp in 2021, and even Steph Curry if winning championships is the goal. Rodgers has not made the Green Bay Packers win a championship in a long time.

Oct 17, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) celebrates scoring a touchdown during the second half against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports| Credit: Getty Images

The ESPY snub might be a dent in his armor but the 4x NFL MVP is gearing up for the next season. He aims to grab another season MVP award to equal the record of Brett Favre and become only the second player in the history of the NFL to win three consecutive MVP awards. Maybe then he can get his hands on the Best NFL player award.

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Ayush Jha

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Ayush Jha is an NFL author at EssentiallySports. He is a current graduate of the University of Delhi and has worked on publishing academic research in the past. Ayush has always been an avid sports lover, representing his school team in cricket and soccer.

Edited By: Gurjyot Singh Dadial

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