Aaron Rodgers, Snubbed Last Year In Favor Of Tom Brady, Gets Nominated For This Popular Athletic Award in 2022

Published 06/29/2022, 8:30 AM EDT
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – SEPTEMBER 27: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers reacts to a call during a NFL game against the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on September 27, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

ESPN has made the nominees public for the 2022 ESPY Awards. They will remember athletes for their greatest sporting triumphs and memories from the previous year. This year seems to be no different, as prominent players from various sports show up to compete for the honor. Additionally, for Aaron Rodgers, this year is significant. They nominated the QB for a couple of nominations.

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Aaron Rodgers has turned himself into a legacy in the past few years. Despite missing out on Super Bowl appearances, his skills and expertise have made him a critically acclaimed NFL superstar. Moreover, this year’s offseason had major speculation concerning his retirement and transfer.

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For the fourth time, Aaron Rodgers is a candidate for ‘Best Athlete, Men’s Sports’ this year. He faces off against Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, the Edmonton Oilers’ Connor McDavid, and the Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry.

Furthermore, Rodgers did not get just one, but two nominations. ESPN also nominated him for the ‘Best NFL Player’ category, alongside Cooper Kupp of the Los Angeles Rams, T.J. Watt of the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Jonathan Taylor of the Indianapolis Colts. Aaron is no stranger to ESPYS, but he will have fierce competition. Every athlete on the list has excelled in their previous campaigns.

Both A-Rod and TB12 were in a tight race for the NFL MVP award. Rodgers received his fourth MVP accolade following the 2021 NFL season, but Tom Brady received the ESPY award for best NFL player in the same year. In terms of glory, both athletes came out on top.

Aaron Rodgers had his first encounter with Danica Patrick at ESPYS

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Aaron Rodgers has quite an A-list dating history. And back in 2012, he met one of his dates, NASCAR sensation Danica Patrick, during the ESPYS. That same year, A-Rod won the ESPY for the ‘Best NFL Player’ honors. Danica Patrick appeared in The Corp and opened up regarding her first encounter with Aaron Rodgers. The Packers quarterback and the ex-NASCAR driver met in a bar and then stayed in touch.

Danica mentions, “I met Aaron a long time ago… We met in 2012, so, we met at the ESPY’s. I remember it was some kind of afterparty… We were at the bar getting some drinks and, ‘oh hey!’ we started talking. He was throwing in some movie lines. I mean, this guy is really funny! We kind of randomly kept in touch from that point on and that’s it.”

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Do you think Aaron Rodgers will take home the award this year as well?

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Pavitra Shome

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Pavitra Shome is an NFL author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his M.A.

Edited By: Gurjyot Singh Dadial

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