He caught the game-winning touchdown of Super Bowl LVI and was named the game’s MVP.
The former Eastern Washington standout also took home Offensive Player of the Year honors.
He also got his first inclusion to both the Pro Bowl and First-Team All-Pro.
His good fortune started in the regular season when he won the Triple Crown by leading all wideouts in receptions, receiving yards, and touchdowns.
Essentially, the only individual award that he didn’t win in 2021 was league MVP but his numbers made him worthy to be part of the discussion.
While the vote does have merit, the one who cast it makes the decision controversial.
Cooper Kupp received one vote for 2021 MVP.
The lone voter was Hub Arkush, the Chicago based writer who, in January, said he wouldn't vote for Aaron Rodgers and referred to him as “the biggest jerk in the league” and a "bad guy."
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— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) February 16, 2022
How Cooper Kupp Got His MVP Vote
As per that tweet by FOX Sports: NFL, Kupp’s lone MVP vote came from veteran Chicago-based NFL writer Hub Arkush, who referred to Rodgers as “the biggest jerk in the league” and “a bad guy.”
The Executive Editor for Pro Football Weekly and sideline reporter for Westwood One called Rodgers as such after it was revealed that Rodgers misled the media about his vaccination status for COVID-19 all along and claimed that he was immunized.
In response to Arkush, the four-time league MVP called him “a bum.”
It turned out that Arkush stayed true to his word and voted a non-quarterback.
Come to think of it, Kupp’s performance throughout the season makes him worthy of consideration.
But for some reason, the odds are stacked against other players when it comes to selecting an MVP.
In 2012, Adrian Peterson is the last non-quarterback to win that award.
That reality won’t change any time soon in a pass-happy league.