ESPY 2015 Winners: Full Recap and Results from Sports Awards

Justin Neuman@@JustinNeuman10Contributor IIJuly 16, 2015

NFL player Devon Still, of the Cincinnati Bengals, accepts the Jimmy V award for perseverance at the ESPY Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Wednesday, July 15, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
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On one of the slower sports days of the year in terms of on-field action, the sports world descended on the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles for the 2015 ESPY Awards.

ESPN puts on the annual awards ceremony to recognize the best athletes and performances of the year in sports. Joel McHale of Community fame emceed the evening, and presenters included Richard Sherman, Alex Morgan, Ben Affleck, Jake Gyllenhaal, LeBron James and many others.

Stephen Curry and Ronda Rousey both won multiple awards, as Curry took home Best NBA Player and Best Male Athlete. Rousey walked away with Best Fighter and Best Female Athlete.

Here's a look at the full list of winners for each ESPY award, per ESPN.com:

ESPY Award Winners
Best NFL PlayerAaron Rodgers
Best NBA PlayerStephen Curry
Best FighterRonda Rousey
Best Record-Breaking PerformancePeyton Manning
Best Breakthrough AthleteMo'ne Davis
Best Championship PerformanceLeBron James
Pat Tillman Award for ServiceDanielle Green
Best MomentLauren Hill
Best JockeyVictor Espinoza
Best Female AthleteRonda Rousey
Arthur Ashe Award for CourageCaitlyn Jenner
Best Comeback AthleteRob Gronkowski
Jimmy V Award for PerserverenceDevon and Leah Still
Best Male College AthleteMarcus Mariota
Best Female Action Sports AthleteKelly Clark
Best UpsetMississippi football over Alabama
Best Male Action Sports AthleteRyan Dungey
Icon AwardDerek Jeter
Best PlayOdell Beckham Jr. for his one-handed catch
Best Male AthleteStephen Curry
Best TeamUnited States Women's Soccer Team
Best MLB PlayerMike Trout
Best GameSuper Bowl XLIX
Best Coach/ManagerSteve Kerr
Best WNBA PlayerSkylar Diggins
Best Female College AthleteMissy Franklin
Best Male Tennis PlayerNovak Djokovic
Best Female Tennis PlayerSerena Williams
Best Male GolferJordan Spieth
Best Female GolferLydia Ko
Best International AthleteLionel Messi
Best MLS AthleteRobbie Keane
Best DriverKevin Harvick
Best Male Athlete with a DisabilityKrige Schabort
Best Female Athlete with a DisabilityBecca Meyers
Best NHL AthleteJonathan Toews
Best BowlerJason Belmonte

There were plenty of highlights from the evening. When James accepted the award for Best Championship Performance, even he acknowledged that it was odd for a player who didn't win the championship to grab the award.

"You're right, second place got me this," James said as he walked up to the microphone and responded to someone yelling in the crowd, per CBS Cleveland's Daryl Ruiter. James added that even he didn't expect to win the award. However, as ESPN Stats and Info points out, James did put on an otherworldly show in the NBA Finals:

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LeBron James: 1st player in NBA Finals history to average at least 35 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists in series http://t.co/pMl8NRig34

One of the more humorous moments of the event came when Alex Rodriguez came out to "apologize." He was accompanied by his "spokesperson," actor Ken Jeong, who said Rodriguez was sorry for characters dying in Game of Thrones, the fact that we can't run by pools and he apologized to New York Knicks season ticket holders. Here's a look at the full bit, courtesy of ESPN:

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At the #ESPYS, Alex Rodriguez -- w/the help of @kenjeong -- finally apologized. For a lot of ... interesting things: http://t.co/YPhw4Ya609

Of course, there were plenty of heartwarming moments throughout the night as well. Danielle Green, a former Notre Dame basketball player, received the Pat Tillman Award for Service. Green was wounded by a grenade attack while serving in the Army.

In her acceptance speech, Green challenged listeners to "Ask yourself: What's my purpose? What's my passion? What do I want my legacy to be? How can I live as a full human being?," as noted by USA Today's Micah Peters.

Green's speech was one of a few moving moments that came Wednesday night. Devon Still spoke straight from the heart when he accepted the Jimmy V Perseverance Award for his daughter, Leah. Five-year-old Leah has been fighting cancer since 2013, and her father talked about how he considered giving up and buying a bottle of vodka from the liquor store and drinking until his sadness went away.

His speech is worth the watch; here it is courtesy of VH1:

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#DevonStill's emotional #ESPYS speech for his daughter will break your heart 😫 💔 --> http://t.co/P5JN5kspKl http://t.co/r2J99s9mdL

One of the other highlights of the night came when Caitlyn Jenner accepted the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. Jenner's moving speech is also worth your time, and you can check it out here thanks to Cosmopolitan:

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Watch @Caitlyn_Jenner's moving, heartfelt #ESPYS speech on transgender rights in full: http://t.co/0IeE9cLoCH http://t.co/0SLIkFJJd0

All in all, the ESPYs turned out to be an enjoyable show with plenty of memorable moments. It was a great way to satiate us during this lull in sports action, and chances are we will be remembering Jenner and Still's speeches in particular for years to come.


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