NFL MVP 2021: Award Winner, Voting Results and Twitter Reaction

Doric SamFebruary 11, 2022

Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers throws during the first half of an NFC divisional playoff NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)
AP Photo/Aaron Gash

Aaron Rodgers has proved, once again, that he thrives in chaos.

Despite another season riddled with off-field chatter surrounding various issues, the Green Bay Packers quarterback took home the NFL MVP Award for the second straight year Thursday.

It's the fourth MVP of Rodgers' career, putting him one behind Peyton Manning's all-time record of five.


.<a href="https://twitter.com/AaronRodgers12?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@AaronRodgers12</a> wins back-to-back MVPs! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NFLHonors?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NFLHonors</a> (by <a href="https://twitter.com/pizzahut?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@pizzahut</a>) <a href="https://t.co/ZH727obKMP">pic.twitter.com/ZH727obKMP</a>

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Aaron Rodgers wins his FOURTH MVP. <br><br>๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†<br><br>Second-most in NFL history. <br><br>Thatโ€™s a bad man. <a href="https://twitter.com/brgridiron?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@brgridiron</a> <a href="https://t.co/0mbst7Jpca">pic.twitter.com/0mbst7Jpca</a>

ESPN @espn

๐Ÿ† MVP ๐Ÿ† <br><br>Aaron Rodgers takes home the hardwareโ€ผ๏ธ <a href="https://t.co/45AaWGVl2X">pic.twitter.com/45AaWGVl2X</a>

Green Bay Packers @packers

๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†<a href="https://twitter.com/AaronRodgers12?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@AaronRodgers12</a> wins his FOURTH NFL MVP! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GoPackGo?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#GoPackGo</a> <a href="https://t.co/eC9RrRJQNt">pic.twitter.com/eC9RrRJQNt</a>

Green Bay Packers @packers

4,115 passing yards.<br>111.9 passer rating.<br>40 total TDs.<br><br>4x MVP <a href="https://twitter.com/AaronRodgers12?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@AaronRodgers12</a>! <a href="https://twitter.com/Bose?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Bose</a> | <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GoPackGo?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#GoPackGo</a> <a href="https://t.co/LmG5RLfEet">pic.twitter.com/LmG5RLfEet</a>

Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

Aaron Rodgers now joins Jim Brown, Joe Montana, Brett Fave and Peyton Manning as the only players in NFL history to win back-to-back MVP awards.

At 38 years old, Rodgers racked up 4,115 passing yards with a completion percentage of 68.9. He threw 37 touchdowns against just four interceptions, leading the Packers to a first-place finish in the NFC with a 13-4 record.

Rodgers earned 39 first-place votes, followed by 10 for Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady and one for Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp, per Josh Dubow of the Associated Press.

After winning the award, Rodgers thanked various members of the Packers organization including head coach Matt LaFleur and general manager Brian Gutekunst.

Tom Pelissero @TomPelissero

Aaron Rodgers wins another NFL MVP, thanks the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Packers?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Packers</a> โ€” notably singling out Mark Murphy, Brian Gutekunst, Russ Ball, Matt LaFleur (and his perfectly groomed eyebrows) โ€” and dedicates the award to the late Ted Thompson and Maura Mandt.

Mike Garafolo @MikeGarafolo

MVP Aaron Rodgers thanks the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Packers?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Packers</a>โ€™ front office: โ€œMark, Brian, Russ.โ€ Also thanks Matt LaFleur and his perfect eyebrows. โ€œAppreciate you, buddy.โ€ Sounds like a guy happy with his current situation ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ

Andrew Brandt @AndrewBrandt

Very kind of Aaron Rodgers to dedicate MVP award to Ted Thompson. Aaron fell to us in the 2005 Draft, but it was Ted who stood in the face of massive criticism and took him when we had the most durable QB in NFL history already on our roster. Ted knew.

Since the beginning of the season, many had speculated that 2021 would be Rodgers' last year with Green Bay. Towards the end of the season, he said he "wouldn't rule out" the possibility of retirement.

Rodgers caused controversy midway through the season when it was revealed that he misrepresented his COVID-19 vaccination status. He said during the preseason that he was "immunized," but he tested positive for COVID-19 in November.

Rodgers had committed multiple violations of the league's health and safety protocols for unvaccinated players, prompting an investigation by the NFL. After the league's review, Rodgers received a $14,650 fine and the Packers were fined $300,000.

Despite the off-field tumult, Rodgers helped lead the Packers to six wins in their last eight games. But Green Bay's season came to an end in disappointing fashion with a 13-10 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Divisional Round. It was Rodgers' fourth time losing to San Francisco in the postseason during his career.

While it still isn't known whether Rodgers will return to the Packers next season, it remains clear that he is one of the best players in the entire NFL, and now he has another trophy to add to his mantle that proves just that.