NFC West: ESPY awards
Kaepernick played a leading role in the 49ers reaching the Super Bowl. He's been all over the place this offseason, including in the nude as part of the "Body Issue" published by ESPN The Magazine. He's stirred passions by wearing a Miami Dolphins hat in public and shooting down those who would question him. Now, with an ESPY on his résumé, Kaepernick is in the spotlight again.
Or did he ever leave?
Voting closes Wednesday for those interested in participating.
Having both quarterbacks on the five-person ballot seems fitting given how the San Francisco 49ers-Seattle Seahawks rivalry has come into focus nationally this offseason. Two questions tend to come up most frequently during NFC West conversation at that level. 49ers or Seahawks? And, Kaepernick or Wilson? The questions are related, of course. Both players will play leading roles in their franchises' fortunes in 2013 and for the long term.
Note, too, that ESPN is collecting "Kaepernicking" photos from fans and posting them here. Tweet them to @ESPYS using the #Kaepernicking hashtag. Some contributors will receive autographed items.
Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
- Best game: Steelers vs. Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII
- Best play: Ben Roethlisberger to Santonio Holmes, Super Bowl-winning touchdown
- Best breakthrough athlete: Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
- Best NFL players: Fitzgerald
- Land Rover "ICON" Award: Warner
Warner's success has extended to the publishing world, where "First Things First" will rank 10th on the July 26 list of New York Times bestsellers for hardcover nonfiction.
Fitzgerald missed the awards presentation. He thanked fans for their votes and explained his absence by saying he couldn't afford to miss a workout.
Note: The ESPY awards show is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET Sunday on ESPN.