ESPY Awards 2014: Full List of Winners and Results from Annual ESPN Event

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistJuly 17, 2014

Michael Sam accepts the Arthur Ashe courage award at the ESPY Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
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The ESPY Awards have become a rich tradition in sports, but several moments over the course of the evening were much bigger than any game.

Whether it was St. Louis Rams defensive end Michael Sam winning the Arthur Ashe Courage Award or ESPN SportsCenter anchor Stuart Scott taking home the Jimmy V Award, Wednesday was about the tenacity it takes to be around the sports world.

After an inspirational night, here is the full list of winners and results from the 2014 ESPY Awards.

2014 ESPY Awards Results
Award Winner Award Winner
Male Athlete Kevin Durant Jockey Victor Espinoza
Female Athlete Ronda Rousey MLS Player Tim Cahill
Moment USMNT vs. Ghana Male U.S. Olympian Sage Kotsenburg
Team Seattle Seahawks Female U.S. Olympian Jamie Anderson
Comeback Athlete Russell Westbrook International Athlete Cristiano Ronaldo
Breakthrough Athlete Richard Sherman WNBA Player Maya Moore
Championship Performance Kawhi Leonard Male Golfer Bubba Watson
Game Auburn vs. Alabama Female Golfer Michelle Wie
Upset Mercer over Duke Male Tennis Player Rafael Nadal
NFL Player Peyton Manning Female Tennis Player Maria Sharapova
NBA Player Kevin Durant Male College Athlete Doug McDermott
MLB Player Miguel Cabrera Female College Athlete Breanna Stewart
NHL Player Sidney Crosby Male Athlete with a Disability Declan Farmer
Driver Ryan Hunter-Reay Female Athlete with a Disability Jamie Whitmore
Coach/Manager Gregg Popovich Male Action Sports Athlete Nyjah Huston
Fighter Floyd Mayweather Female Action Sports Athlete Jamie Anderson
Bowler Pete Weber Play Chris Davis in Iron Bowl
Pat Tillman Award Josh Sweeney Record-Breaking Performance Peyton Manning
Arthur Ashe Award Michael Sam Jimmy V Award Stuart Scott


Moment of the Night: Michael Sam Wins Arthur Ashe Courage Award

Many awards were given out on Wednesday night, but one of the most impactful was Sam winning the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. Sam became the first openly gay player drafted to the NFL when the St. Louis Rams selected him in the seventh round of April’s draft.

Sam’s decision to come out polarized the sports world, but his courage to be true to himself and not worry about what anyone else said made him deserving of the award.

Ashe was an inspirational tennis player who contracted AIDS during open-heart surgery. His tireless work to raise awareness late in his life set the tone for athletes to follow, and no professional has taken up that mantle and opened more eyes this year than Sam.

The official Twitter account of the ESPYs shared some of the moving moments from Sam during his acceptance speech:

Missouri football multimedia director Kathryn Lucchesi talked about how much the speech meant to her and how proud she was of the former Tigers star:

Baseball scout Joe Hamrahi spoke about how he almost missed one of the highlights of the night:

Sam Mellinger of The Kansas City Star talked about how the genuine speech stripped away the pageantry that has become the ESPY Awards and made people feel real emotion:

The key now for Sam will be translating the mental strength he has shown during this process to the field for the Rams. As a pass-rushing defensive end/outside linebacker, he will be fighting for a niche role on the team and must show his versatility.

Sam must become a special teams ace if he wants to stay on the roster long enough to learn the game at the NFL level and eventually have the opportunity to make an impact as a pass-rusher on a team with plenty of depth at his position.

In 14 games last season for Missouri, he racked up an impressive 48 total tackles, 19 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks. While translating those numbers to the NFL will be tough, his mental fortitude will give him an edge over the men he is competing against.

Sam’s play on the field will be the ultimate determining factor in how he is viewed by the football world, but on Wednesday, his speech was about so much more than sports.


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