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ESPY Awards 2013 Winners: Results, Recap and Top Moments

Tim KeeneyContributor IJuly 18, 2013

The day after the MLB All-Star Game may be known as the "slowest day in sports," but it gave us the opportunity to celebrate the greatest individuals, teams and performances from the past year. 

Although the ESPY Awards may not be for everyone, it's hard to deny the allure of reminiscing over some unforgettable moments with host Jon Hamm, AKA Don Draper. 

LeBron James and Serena Williams took home the top individual awards, neither of which was their first, per ESPN Stats & Info:

James' marvelous year (and night) continued when his Miami Heat won awards for Best Team and Best Game for their scintillating Game 6 NBA Finals win over the San Antonio Spurs.

They celebrated like most people would—in the photo booth with Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson:

Unfortunately for Wilson, that was his top moment of the night, as he came up short in Best Breakthrough Athlete to fellow NFC West QB Colin Kaepernick.

Other big-time winners included Michael Phelps (Best Record-Breaking Performance), Florida Gulf Coast University (Best Upset) and Jadeveon Clowney (Best Play). 

Clowney made a little bit of history with the win:

Let's take a look at all the winners and top moments from the night in Los Angeles. 

 

Complete List of Winners:

Best Male AthleteLeBron James 
Best Female AthleteSerena Williams
Best Championship PerformanceLeBron James
Best Breakthrough AthleteColin Kaepernick
Best Record-Breaking PerformanceMichael Phelps
Best UpsetFlorida Gulf Coast over Georgetown 
Best GameHeat vs. Spurs Game 6
Best MomentJack Hoffman
Best PlayJadeveon Clowney's big hit
Best TeamMiami Heat
Best Coach/ManagerRick Pitino 
Best ComebackAdrian Peterson
Best International AthleteUsain Bolt 
Best NFL PlayerAdrian Peterson
Best MLB PlayerMiguel Cabrera
Best NHL PlayerSidney Crosby
Best DriverRyan Hunter-Reay
Best NBA PlayerLeBron James
Best WNBA PlayerCandace Parker 
Best FighterFloyd Mayweather Jr.  
Best Male GolferTiger Woods
Best Female GolferStacy Lewis
Best Male Tennis PlayerNovak Djokovic 
Best Female Tennis PlayerSerena Williams 
Best Male College AthleteJohnny Manziel
Best Female College AthleteBrittney Griner 
Best Male Action Sport AthleteNyjah Huston
Best Female Action Sport AthleteStephanie Gilmore
Best JockeyJoel Rosario
Best Male Athlete With A DisabilityJeremy Campbell
Best Female Athlete With A DisabilityJessica Long 
Best BowlerPete Weber 
Best MLS PlayerThierry Henry
Best Male US Olympic AthleteMichael Phelps
Best Female US Olympic AthleteMissy Franklin 

 

Top Moments

Robin Roberts Receives Arthur Ashe Courage Award

Twenty years ago, Jim Valvano made his legendary acceptance speech after winning the inaugural Arthur Ashe Courage Award. Ever since then, the award has always provided the stage for the best part of the ESPYs. And this year was no different. 

One of the lives that Valvano helped impact with his part in raising cancer awareness was the recipient of this year's award—Robin Roberts.

Roberts, who survived breast cancer in 2008 and MDS (a rare blood and bone marrow disease) recently, is more than just courageous; she is talented, extremely successful and an inspiration to us all. The video tribute to her left very few dry eyes in the house or at home, as noted by Big Lead Sports' Stephen Douglas: 

Then Roberts gave her speech, further exemplifying her grace:

Grantland's Rembert Browne summed it pretty well:

This is this epitome of "deserved winner." 

 

Jack Hoffman Wins Best Moment

If you haven't seen this "moment," I highly suggest watching: 

For the uninitiated, Hoffman is a seven-year-old cancer patient, and he got the opportunity of a lifetime when the Nebraska football team put him in for a play during its spring game. What follows, as you can see above, is incredibly heartwarming. 

It was yet another example of the power of sports.

Hoffman was dealt a tough hand in life, but sports has given him a venue of escape to create some truly memorable, positive moments—like having his picture taken with Heisman winner Johnny Manziel:

There were some great candidates for this award, but Jack was the rightful winner. 

 

Dick and Rick Hoyt Receive Jimmy V Perseverance Award 

The story of Dick and Rick Hoyt is one of love, determination, courage and inspiration. 

Words truly can't do the story justice, but here are a few appropriate tweets from New York Islanders forward Matt Martin and Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen:

It's stories like these that make the ESPYs worth watching. 

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