Quarterback Aaron Rodgers has received two of the Green Bay Packers’ five ESPY nominations that have put the Super Bowl XLV champions up for the annual awards handed out by ESPN.
Rodgers is nominated for both Best NFL Player and Best Male Athlete. In the Best NFL Player category, one of the players he’s up against is teammate Clay Matthews. The other three in that category are New England QB Tom Brady, Houston RB Arian Foster and Pittsburgh S Troy Polamalu.
In the best male athlete category, the other nominees are Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks, tennis star Rafael Nadal, and NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson.
Head Coach Mike McCarthy has been nominated in the category of Best Coach/Manager. He’s up against University of Connecticut men’s basketball coach Jim Calhoun, Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle, Auburn football coach Gene Chizik, and Virginia la crosse coach Dom Starsia.
Finally, the Packers are a nominee in the category of Best Team. The other nominees are Auburn football, the Boston Bruins, the Dallas Mavericks, the San Francisco Giants, and Texas A&M women’s basketball.
Online voting is underway, and fans will determine the winners by voting online at ESPN.com/espys, facebook.com/ESPN, and on ESPN Mobile Web at http://espn.mobi. Voting will run through 10:59 p.m. CT on July 9 for most categories. The winners will be announced during The 2011 ESPYs, televised live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 13, at 8 p.m. CT on ESPN.
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