ESPY 2013 Winners: Full Recap and Analysis of All the Action
The 20th ESPY Awards ceremony offered sports and entertainment fans a little bit of everything. The fashion conscious had a plethora of outfits and superstars to evaluate on the red carpet and host Jon Hamm showed he's more than a solid dramatic actor. He injected some welcomed humor to the event, including a few digs at former L.A. Lakers star Dwight Howard.
Which surely got a rise out of the Los Angeles crowd at the Nokia Theatre.
We were treated to all of that, and none of those moments came close to touching the awards and their recipients. Here's a look at the athletes and personalities who took home hardware.
List of Winners
|Best Male Athlete||LeBron James|
|Best Female Athlete||Serena Williams|
|Best Championship Performance||LeBron James|
|Best Breakthrough Athlete||Colin Kaepernick|
|Best Record-Breaking Performance||Michael Phelps|
|Best Upset||Florida Gulf Coast over Georgetown|
|Best Game||Heat vs. Spurs Game 6|
|Best Moment||Jack Hoffman|
|Best Play||Jadeveon Clowney's big hit|
|Best Team||Miami Heat|
|Best Coach/Manager||Rick Pitino|
|Best Comeback||Adrian Peterson|
|Best International Athlete||Usain Bolt|
|Best NFL Player||Adrian Peterson|
|Best MLB Player||Miguel Cabrera|
|Best NHL Player||Sidney Crosby|
|Best Driver||Ryan Hunter-Reay|
|Best NBA Player||LeBron James|
|Best WNBA Player||Candace Parker|
|Best Fighter||Floyd Mayweather Jr.|
|Best Male Golfer||Tiger Woods|
|Best Female Golfer||Stacy Lewis|
|Best Male Tennis Player||Novak Djokovic|
|Best Female Tennis Player||Serena Williams|
|Best Male College Athlete||Johnny Manziel|
|Best Female College Athlete||Brittney Griner|
|Best Male Action Sport Athlete||Nyjah Huston|
|Best Female Action Sport Athlete||Stephanie Gilmore|
|Best Jockey||Joel Rosario|
|Best Male Athlete With A Disability||Jeremy Campbell|
|Best Female Athlete With A Disability||Jessica Long|
|Best Bowler||Pete Weber|
|Best MLS Player||Thierry Henry|
|Best Male US Olympic Athlete||Michael Phelps|
|Best Female US Olympic Athlete||Missy Franklin|
King James not only took home three individual awards: (Best Male Athlete, Best NBA Player and Best Championship Performance), he also shared awards for Best Team and Best Game (Game 6 of the NBA Finals) with his Miami Heat teammates.
James even had the honor of presenting Robin Roberts with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. All in all, he was on stage about as much as Hamm and quite honestly, he earned every bit of the face time.
Others Who Won Multiple Awards
James was the only athlete to win three individual ESPYs, but a select group won two. Serena Williams won for Best Female Tennis Player and Best Female Athlete.
She wasn't in attendance due to her participation in the Swedish Open.
Michael Phelps was on hand to collect ESPYs for Best Male US Olympic Athlete and Best Record-Breaking Performance. The latter was more of a lifetime achievement award, but who can argue with recognizing the most-decorated athlete in Olympic history.
Adrian Peterson's incredible comeback season won him awards for Best Comeback and Best NFL Player. AP ran for 2,097 yards and fell just nine shy of breaking Eric Dickerson's single-season record.
Producing that type of season a year after tearing his ACL made AP a lock for at least one of those awards.
Most Touching Moments
Robin Roberts is a Symbol of Grace, Courage and Unbreakable Spirit
Even before Roberts was diagnosed with leukemia, I understood how important she has been to the business of sports journalism. She's a pioneer for women, African-Americans, minorities and an example for anyone who desires to see how the job can be done with grace, dignity, competence and class.
With that as a foundation, her public struggle to overcome her illness has only made all of those positive adjectives more apparent. The ordeal has also further extended Roberts' appeal far beyond the sports world.
Seeing her recognized with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award was one of the most appropriate and touching moments of the evening.
Jack Hoffman's Wins For Most Memorable Moment
The 7-year-old Nebraska Cornhuskers football fan got to live out a dream when head coach Bo Pelini helped arrange for the young man to score a touchdown in the team's spring practice. Hoffman is a pediatric cancer patient whose strength and courage is an inspiration to anyone going through a similar trial in their life.
The treat was an excellent reward for such a brave young man. The Cornhuskers' program proved to be a first-class program for allowing this to happen and both deserved the recognition for such a great sports moment.
Dick and Rick Hoyt Receive Jimmy V Perseverance Award
There has never been a more deserving pair of recipients than the Hoyts for the Jimmy V Perseverance Award. It was hard to maintain a dry eye as the father and son told their story through videos.
What the Hoyts have endured with Rick's cerebral palsy and decades of marathon participation is a mammoth story of strength and perseverance. When you also include the fact that the Hoyts were attempting to participate in their final race at the Boston Marathon in 2013, the story becomes even more amazing.
Because of the bombings, the Hoyts could have seen their plans to finish their marathon career ruined, but that wouldn't be Hoyt-like.
The father and son will run in one more Boston Marathon to honor those who were hurt in the race's tragedy.
When the Hoyts took the stage to receive their award, it was perhaps the most justifiable displays of genuine emotion from a large crowd you'll ever see.
This type of moment is what separates the ESPYs from other awards shows.
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