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 Player||Aaron Rodgers|
|Best NBA Player||Stephen Curry|
|Best Fighter||Ronda Rousey|
|Best Record-Breaking Performance||Peyton Manning|
|Best Breakthrough Athlete||Mo'ne Davis|
|Best Championship Performance||LeBron James|
|Pat Tillman Award for Service||Danielle Green|
|Best Moment||Lauren Hill|
|Best Jockey||Victor Espinoza|
|Best Female Athlete||Ronda Rousey|
|Arthur Ashe Award for Courage||Caitlyn Jenner|
|Best Comeback Athlete||Rob Gronkowski|
|Jimmy V Award for Perserverence||Devon and Leah Still|
|Best Male College Athlete||Marcus Mariota|
|Best Female Action Sports Athlete||Kelly Clark|
|Best Upset||Mississippi football over Alabama|
|Best Male Action Sports Athlete||Ryan Dungey|
|Icon Award||Derek Jeter|
|Best Play||Odell Beckham Jr. for his one-handed catch|
|Best Male Athlete||Stephen Curry|
|Best Team||United States Women's Soccer Team|
|Best MLB Player||Mike Trout|
|Best Game||Super Bowl XLIX|
|Best Coach/Manager||Steve Kerr|
|Best WNBA Player||Skylar Diggins|
|Best Female College Athlete||Missy Franklin|
|Best Male Tennis Player||Novak Djokovic|
|Best Female Tennis Player||Serena Williams|
|Best Male Golfer||Jordan Spieth|
|Best Female Golfer||Lydia Ko|
|Best International Athlete||Lionel Messi|
|Best MLS Athlete||Robbie Keane|
|Best Driver||Kevin Harvick|
|Best Male Athlete with a Disability||Krige Schabort|
|Best Female Athlete with a Disability||Becca Meyers|
|Best NHL Athlete||Jonathan Toews|
|Best Bowler||Jason 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:
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:
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:
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:
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.