ESPY 2013 Winners: Ranking the Most Deserving Athletes Who Took Home Hardware

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ESPY 2013 Winners: Ranking the Most Deserving Athletes Who Took Home Hardware
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The ESPYs ceremony was classy, funny and star-studded. You know a gala is big-time when you're more surprised when winners are absent than you are when they are present.

The show again did a great job of maintaining legitimacy while still incorporating fan participation. That's not an easy line to walk, but ESPN accomplished the goal in its 20th year.

LeBron James shined the brightest of all the traditional athletes at the ceremony. He won three individual ESPYs and shared one with his Miami Heat teammates for Best Team.

While James got the most hardware, inspirational stories from the likes of Arthur Ashe Courage Award winner Robin Roberts, pediatric brain cancer survivor Jack Hoffman, and the father-son duo of Dick and Rick Hoyt were the most memorable.

The athletes, the fashion and the humor carry some appeal, but Roberts, Hoffman and the Hoyts left the most indelible impression.

Including King James, here are the most deserving athletes who were honored with awards at the 2013 ESPYs. 

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