Pats up for ESPY'S
- Patriots up for several ESPYs
21 Jun 02 / by Shane Donaldson
New England's run through the 2001 football season finished with the
team winning the biggest award in the game, but the Patriots may not
be done picking up honors for their Super Bowl championship.
Nominees for the 10th Annual ESPY Awards have been released, and the
Patriots are represented in six of the more than 35 featured
categories. The ESPY Awards which will be hosted by actor Samuel L.
Jackson will air on ESPN live from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.
Super Bowl MVP quarterback Tom Brady is nominated in two categories,
Best Breakthrough Athlete and Best NFL Player. In the Breakthrough
competition, Brady is up against Olympic gold-medal winning figure
skater Sarah Hughes, Seattle Mariners outfielder and American League
MVP Ichiro Suzuki and NASCAR Winston Cup Rookie of the Year and Busch
Series Championship winner Kevin Harvick, who became the first man in
NASCAR history to run full-time on both the Busch and Winston Cup
In the Best NFL Player category, Brady is included with St. Louis
tandem Marshall Faulk and Kurt Warner; Green Bay quarterback Brett
Favre; Kansas City running back Priest Holmes; Baltimore linebacker
Ray Lewis; New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan and Chicago
Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.
Head Coach Bill Belichick, who turned the Patriots around from a 5-11
campaign in his first year at the helm to a Super Bowl title, is a
nominee in the Best Coach category. His competition includes
University of Connecticut women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma;
Arizona Diamondbacks manager Bob Brenly; Los Angeles Lakers coach
Phil Jackson and University of Miami football coach Larry Coker.
Kicker Adam Vinatieri gets into the act in the Best Sports moment
category for his game-winning field goal on the final play of Super
Bowl XXXVI. He is up against Barry Bonds breaking Mark McGwire's HR
record; Luis Gonzalez getting the base hit to win the 2001 World
Series; Hughes winning the gold in Olympic figure skating; and Dale
Earnhardt, Jr. winning the Pepsi 400 - his first race at Daytona
since his father's death.
New England as a whole is up for the Best Team honor, along with the
World Series champion Arizona Diamondbacks, NHL runner-up Carolina
Hurricanes; NHL champion Detroit Red Wings; NBA champion Los Angeles
Lakers and runner-up New Jersey Nets; the University of Connecticut
women's basketball team; and the University of Miami football team.
Both college teams finished their respective seasons as undefeated
The final category involving the Patriots is Best Game. New England
versus St. Louis in Super Bowl XXXVI will do battle with Game Seven
of the World Series between the Diamondbacks and New York Yankees and
the Women's Long Program in Olympic Figure Skating.
Winners will be chosen by the ESPY Awards Academy, which includes
Hall of Fame athletes and coaches as well as nationally recognized
print and broadcast sports journalists representing every major
Scheduled to join this year's show as presenters are actor/comedian
Adam Sandler, actor Matthew Perry, actor/comedian David Spade, actor
Kiefer Sutherland and actress Vivica A. Fox. In addition, actor Tom
Hanks will participate in the ESPY Awards telecast by voicing over
the Arthur Ashe Courage Award presentation. This award, which has
provided some of the most memorable and poignant moments in ESPY
Awards history, is given annually to individuals whose contributions
Confirmed performers for the event include Santana, Snoop Dogg,
Bootsy Collins and the Original P-Funk have been confirmed to
perform. Additional presenters and celebrity attendees will be
announced in the coming weeks.
The ESPY arards will be July 10, on ESPN.