Johnson, never one to shy away from the highlight reels, has made the cut in the ultimate fan competition twice for his efforts in 2012. He's been nominated for Best NFL Player and Best Record Breaking Performance, thanks to shattering Jerry Rice's record for receiving yards in a single season last year.
In the Best NFL Player category, Johnson will meet stiff competition from Adrian Peterson and Aaron Rodgers, two players he knows well from the NFC North, in addition to Peyton Manning and J.J. Watt. Considering Peterson's superhuman recovery from knee surgery and the star power of everybody else, Johnson figures to have a fight on his hands to win that group.
Johnson might find it a bit easier to win the Record Breaking Performance ESPY, given he will be going up against Drew Brees, who broke Johnny Unitas's touchdown pass record Michael Phelps (most decorated Olympian) and Abby Wambach (set soccer's international scoring record). Considering Johnson played most of last season with broken fingers and still managed to break Rice's record, that should only accentuate his accomplishment.
Voting for the ESPY Awards ends July 17 at 9 p.m. just before the award show begins. Be sure to cast your ballot for Johnson and all your other favorite plays, players and moments before then by heading over to the ESPY home page.
Regardless of what happens in the popularity contest, Detroit fans will likely still consider Johnson the best NFL player and laud his 2012 season as one of the best record breaking performances they've ever seen.Aaron Rodgers, Adrian Peterson, Calvin Johnson, Detroit, Detroit Lions, Drew Brees, Football, NFL