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Thursday, June 27, 2013
AFC West gets ESPY consideration

By Bill Williamson

ESPN has released its nominees for the annual ESPY awards.

There is an AFC West presence on the list.

Denver quarterback Peyton Manning is a nominee for NFL player of the year and the overall best comeback. Manning was the NFL's comeback player of the year last season, when he turned in a brilliant season in Denver following four neck surgeries that kept him out of the 2011 season with Indianapolis.

The Broncos’ 38-35 double-overtime loss to the eventual Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens is a nominee for the sports game of the year. I can see that game, played in frigid weather, having a serious chance to win the award. I can’t remember being at a more epic event.

Meanwhile, Ray Rice's famous fourth-and-29 conversion at San Diego in November is a nominee for the sports play of the year. It set up the tying score in a game the Ravens went on to win in overtime. That play has a shot. I was fortunate to witness that game live, too. I remember looking around the press box to make sure what I saw really happened.

Sounds like ESPY material to me.