GREEN BAY – The awards keep piling up for Aaron Rodgers’ breathtaking Hail Mary pass to Richard Rodgers that sealed the Packers’ 27-23 comeback win over the Lions last December.
The 61-yard game-winning touchdown took home Best Play honors at Wednesday night’s ESPY awards. The play, which came on an untimed down due to penalty, previously won the Play of the Year award at February’s NFL Honors ceremony.
Other finalists for Best Play were LeBron James’ Game 7 block in the NBA Finals and Villanova junior Kris Jenkins’ buzzer-beating shot against North Carolina in the NCAA Division 1 men’s basketball championship game.
Both Rodgers were on-hand to accept the award and thank fans for voting.
“I’d like to thank God because if it weren’t for God, there wouldn’t be any Hail Marys,” quipped Richard Rodgers during his acceptance speech.
“Other than that, this wouldn’t be possible without this guy right here (Aaron Rodgers) and all of our teammates doing their jobs.”
After the game, Richard Rodgers told reporters he wasn’t even supposed to catch the ball. His responsibility actually was supposed to box out for receiver Davante Adams, but he ended up pulling down the biggest catch of his career instead.
It ended a career day for Rodgers, who caught eight passes for 145 yards. It was the most receiving yards by a Green Bay tight end since Jermichael Finley caught six passes for 159 yards in the wild-card playoffs against Arizona on Jan. 10, 2011.
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