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ESPYS 2013: Calvin Johnson nominated for two awards

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Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson is up for two ESPYS this year.

Leon Halip

Nominations for the 2013 ESPYS were announced earlier this week. Just like last year, Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson is among the nominees, and he's actually up for two awards this year.

Johnson has once again been nominated for Best NFL Player. Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers took home the award for the second year in a row in 2012, and he is also up for the award in 2013. In addition to Johnson and Rodgers, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt are nominated for this award.

The other award Johnson is up for is Best Record-Breaking Performance. Johnson, of course, has been nominated for breaking Jerry Rice's single-season receiving record in 2012. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, swimmer Michael Phelps and soccer player Abby Wambach are the other nominees for this award.

Johnson is trying to join Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford as a winner at the ESPYS. Last year, Stafford took home the award for Best Comeback Athlete after bouncing back from injury issues to pass for more than 5,000 yards and lead the Lions to the playoffs in 2011.

Other local athletes up for ESPYS this year are the Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera and Michigan's Trey Burke.