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    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
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 21 9:28 AM
      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
      transcend sports.

      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.
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