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BOSTON (CBS) — Set new tight end records: Check.
Sign new multi-million dollar contract: Check.
Get nominated for a couple of ESPY Awards: Check.
OK, so maybe that last one isn’t normally on athletes’ to-do lists, but it is nevertheless the latest accomplishment for Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.
Gronkowski was nominated for two ESPY Awards this year, one for “Best Breakthrough Athlete” and one for “Best NFL Player.”
In the Best Breakthrough Athlete category, Gronk is up against Anthony Davis (Kentucky), Robert Griffin III (Baylor football), Jeremy Lin (Knicks) and Alex Morgan (women’s soccer). You can vote for Gronkowski here.
Tom Brady won the Breakthrough award back in 2002.
Gronkowski faces a bit of a bigger challenge in the Best NFL Player category. There, he’s up against Drew Brees, Calvin Johnson, Aaron Rodgers and Terrell Suggs. Gronkowski’s tight end-record 1,327 receiving yards and 18 total touchdowns certainly qualify him to be in that group, but Brees’ record-setting 5,476 passing yards, Johnson’s NFL-best 1,681 yards and Aaron Rodgers’ NFL MVP-winning season make it a rather stacked category. You can vote for Gronkowski in that category by clicking here.
Brady was nominated for Best NFL Player last year but the award went to Rodgers. Brady won the award in ’08.
The awards show will air Wednesday, July 11. We’ll have to tune in to see not only if he wins, but if he spikes the award on stage.