Aaron Rodgers nominated for two major ESPY awards


Former Cal quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been nominated for two major awards for the 2022 ESPYS.

The Green Bay Packers quarterback, who won the NFL MVP award for the second straight year in 2021, was nominated for “Top Athlete, Men’s Sports” and “Top NFL Player.”

The other three nominees for “Best Athlete, Men’s Sports” were Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors, Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels and Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers.

His competition in the “NFL’s Most Outstanding Player” category includes wide receiver Cooper Kupp of the Los Angeles Rams, outside linebacker TJ Watt of the Pittsburgh Steelers and running back Jonathan Taylor of the Indianapolis Colts.

—See nominees for all categories below—

Rodgers has won an ESPYS for “NFL’s Most Outstanding Player” four times, which is a record. He won in 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2017. Rodgers has never been named “Top Athlete, Men’s Sports“.

Interestingly, Rodgers hasn’t won the ‘NFL’s Greatest Player’ award in the past two seasons, despite being named league MVP twice. Tom Brady won the ESPY for ‘Top NFL Player’ and ‘Top Athlete, Men’s Sports’ last year, and no awards were given in 2020 due to the COVID pandemic.

It’s the third time Rodgers has been topped for “Best Athlete, Men’s Sports,” previously nominated in 2012 (LeBron James won) and 2015 (Steph Curry won).

Rodgers threw 37 touchdown passes and just four interceptions for the 13-4 Packers in the 2021 season. Rodgers received 39 of the 50 possible votes for NFL MVP, his fourth overall and his second in as many seasons. However, the Packers lost to the 49ers in their first playoff game.

The winners will be announced on July 20. The 2022 ESPYs will be televised on ABC from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The show is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Eastern or 5 p.m. Pacific time. However, past ESPY TV shows have aired on tape delay on the West Coast, beginning at 8 p.m. PT. We assume it will be the same this year.

Winners are based on online voting. Here’s where fans can vote:

Best Athlete, Men’s Sports

NFL Best Player

Here are all the candidates

BEST ATHLETE, MEN’S SPORTS

Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors

Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels

Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers

BEST ATHLETE, WOMEN’S SPORTS

Oksana Masters, cross-country skiing, road cycling, biathlon

Sunisa Lee, gymnastics

Katie Ledecky, swimming

Candace ParkerChicago Sky

BEST REVOLUTIONARY ATHLETE
Trinity Rodman, Spirit of Washington
Eileen Gu, skier
Jonathan Taylor, Indianapolis Colts
Ja Morant, Memphis Grizzlies

RECORD BEST PERFORMANCE
Stephen Curry passes Ray Allen for most 3-pointers in NBA history
Jocelyn Alo breaks Lauren Chamberlain’s home run record for most in Division I history (96)
Allyson Felix, track and field, won his 11th career medal, surpassing Carl Lewis for the United States track and field record
Tom Brady becomes NFL’s all-time leader by overtaking Drew Brees

BEST CHAMPIONSHIP PERFORMANCE
Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams – Super Bowl LVI
Julianna Pena, UFC 269
Max Verstappen, F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Cale Makar, Colorado Avalanche – Stanley Cup Final

BEST RETURNING ATHLETE
Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors
Trey Mancini, Baltimore Orioles
Diamond DeShields, Phoenix Mercury
Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals

BEST GAME
Amazing Corner Kick Goal by Megan Rapinoe
Justin Tucker NFL record 66 yards
THE POSTER by Ja Morant
Hansel Enmanuel with the play of the year

BEST TEAM
Golden State Warriors, NBA
Chicago Sky, WNBA
Atlanta Braves, MLB
Los Angeles Rams, NFL
Oklahoma Sooners, NCAA softball
Georgia Bulldogs, NCAA Football
Colorado Avalanche, NHL

TOP OLYMPIAN, WOMEN’S SPORTS
Sunisa Lee, gymnastics
Oksana Masters, cross-country skiing, road cycling, biathlon
Katie Ledecky, swimming
Allyson Felix, Athletics

BEST OLYMPIAN, MEN’S SPORTS
Nathan Chen, figure skating
Declan Farmer, sledge hockey
Nick Mayhugh, Athletics
Caeleb Dressel, Swimming

BEST GAME
Kansas City Chiefs beat Buffalo Bills in OT thriller (AFC Divisional Game)
UConn defeats NC State in double OT (Elite 8 NCAA Women’s Basketball)
Kansas 16-point rally, which was the biggest comeback in championship game history (NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship)
Bryce Young rallies Alabama to beat Auburn in four OTs (NCAA Football Iron Bowl)

BEST COLLEGE ATHLETE, MEN’S SPORTS
Bryce Young, Alabama Football
Dante Polvara, Georgetown Men’s Soccer
Chet Holmgren, Gonzaga Men’s Basketball
Logan Wisnauskas, Maryland Lacrosse

BEST COLLEGE ATHLETE, WOMEN’S SPORTS
Aliyah Boston, South Carolina Women’s Basketball
Jaelin Howell, Florida State Soccer
Jocelyn Alo, Oklahoma softball
Charlotte North, Boston College Lacrosse

BEST INTERNATIONAL ATHLETE, MEN’S FOOTBALL
Karim Benzema, Real Madrid
Kevin De BruyneManchester City
Sadio Mane, Liverpool
Kylian Mbappe, PSG

BEST INTERNATIONAL ATHLETE, WOMEN’S FOOTBALL
Alexia Putellas, Barcelona
Sam Kerr, Chelsea
Vivianne Miedema, Arsenal
Caroline Graham Hansen, Barcelona

BEST NFL PLAYER
Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams
TJ Watt, Pittsburgh Steelers
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Jonathan Taylor, Indianapolis Colts

TOP MLB PLAYER
Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels
Bryce Harper, Philadelphia Phillies
Aaron Judge, New York Yankees
Jorge Soler, Atlanta Braves

BEST NHL PLAYER
Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers
Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs
Roman Josi, Nashville Predators
Igor Shesterkin, New York Rangers

BEST DRIVER
Kyle Larson, NASCAR
Max Verstappen, F1
Steve Torrence, NHRA
Alex Palou, IndyCar

BEST NBA PLAYER
Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets
Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers
Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks
Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors

BEST WNBA PLAYER
Jonquel Jones, Connecticut Sun
Sylvia Fowles, Minnesota Lynx
Skylar Diggins-Smith, Mercury Phoenix
Candace ParkerChicago Sky

BEST BOXER
Tyson’s Fury
Shakur Stevenson
Katie Taylor
Mikaela Mayer

BEST MMA FIGHTER
Alexander Volkanovski
Charles Oliveira
Kamaru Usman
Kayla Harrison

BEST ATHLETE, MEN’S GOLF
Scottie Scheffler
Cameron Smith
Justin Thomas
Jon Rahm

BEST ATHLETE, WOMEN’S GOLF
Nelly Korda
Ko Jin-young
Lydia Ko
Minjee Lee

BEST ATHLETE, MEN’S TENNIS
Rafael Nadal
Dylan Alcott
Carlos Alcaraz
Felix Auger-Aliassime

BEST ATHLETE, WOMEN’S TENNIS
Emma Raducanu
Ashley Barty
Iga Świątek
Leylah Fernandez

BEST ATHLETE, MEN’S ACTION SPORTS
Eli Tomac, Supercross
Alex Hall, skier
Yuto Horigome, skateboard
Ayumu Hirano, snowboard

BEST ATHLETE, WOMEN’S ACTION SPORTS
Zoi Sadowski-Synnott, snowboard
Eileen Gu, skier
Rayssa Leal, skateboard
Chloe Kim, snowboard

BEST JOCKEY
Flavien Prat
Irad Ortiz
Jose Ortiz
Joel Rosario

BEST DISABLED ATHLETE, MEN’S SPORTS
Declan Farmer, sledge hockey
Nick Mayhugh, Athletics
Brad Snyder, paratriathlon and swimming
Ian Seidenfeld, table tennis

BEST DISABLED ATHLETE, WOMEN’S SPORT
Oksana Masters, Cycling & Nordic/Biathlon
Jessica Long, swimming
Brenna Huckaby, snowboard
Kate WardFootball

BEST BOWLER
Jason Belmonte
Anthony Simonson
Kyle’s Troop
Dom Barrett

TOP MLS PLAYER
Valentin Castellanos, NYCFC
Jesus Ferreira, FC Dallas
Carles Gil, New England Revolution
Carlos Vela, LAFC

BEST NWSL PLAYER
Ashley Hatch, Spirit of Washington
Aubrey Bledsoe, Spirit of Washington
Jess Fishlock, OL reigns
Caprice Dydasco, NJ/NY Gotham FC

WWE BEST MOMENT

MATCH 1
Brock Lesnar wins the Royal Rumble
Bianca Belair wins the RAW Women’s Championship at WrestleMania

MATCH 2
John Cena returns to Money In The Bank
Ronda Rousey returns 4 months after giving birth to win the Royal Rumble

MATCH 3
WWE Welcomes Fans Again With Full Live Crowd (Smackdown 7/16)
Stone Cold stuns Vince McMahon, Austin Theory and Pat McAfee at WrestleMania Night 2

MATCH 4
Roman Reigns defeats Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania to win the Universal and WWE Championships
Cody Rhodes returns to WWE at WrestleMania

MATCH 5
Big E cashes in the Money In The Bank briefcase and wins the WWE Championship (RAW 9/13)
The Miz turns on Logan Paul at WrestleMania

MATCH 6
Becky Lynch returns to SummerSlam
Undertaker inducted into WWE Hall of Fame

MATCH 7
Edge defeats Seth Rollins in a Hell In A Cell match at Crown Jewel
Body of a Little Man Slams Sami Zayn at WrestleMania MATCH 8
Brock Lesnar returns to SummerSlam to face Roman Reigns
Stone Cold returns to the ring to defeat Kevin Owens at WrestleMania

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