The 2015 ESPY Awards are coming, and there are a couple of defensive backs who could find that red-carpet, big-stage spotlight shining on them on July 15 in Los Angeles for what is now considered the Oscars for American sports.
New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler, the undrafted rookie backup last season whose interception in the final seconds of the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLVIX prevented a Seattle Seahawks touchdown and preserved the Patriots’ fourth championship, is nominated for Play of the Year. That Super Bowl is nominated for Game of the Year, and the Patriots will surely be nominated for Team of the Year (although it has not been announced yet).
Pittsburgh Steelers rookie corner Senquez Golson, a second-round pick in this year’s NFL Draft, played a prominent role in one of the ESPY nominees for Upset of the Year. In Ole Miss’ upset win over No. 1-ranked Alabama last college football season, Golson snagged an interception in the back of the end zone on Alabama’s final play to seal the Rebels’ victory.
Also of note: Coach/Manager of the Year nominee Urban Meyer (Ohio State football) once upon a time played defensive back at the University of Cincinnati … The NFL Player of the Year nominees did not include a defensive back. Quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady, running back DeMarco Murray, receiver Antonio Brown and defensive end J.J. Watt are up for the award.