ESPY 2017 Winners: Awards Results, Recap, Top Moments and Twitter Reaction

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJuly 13, 2017

Host Peyton Manning speaks at the ESPYS at the Microsoft Theater on Wednesday, July 12, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
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The 2017 ESPY Awards were dominated by Peyton Manning's skill at telling jokes that he first displayed during a Saturday Night Live hosting gig 10 years ago and renewing his friendly rivalry with the New England Patriots.

The Golden State Warriors took home the night's biggest award when they were voted as the best team, beating out the Chicago Cubs, Clemson Tigers football team, Pittsburgh Penguins, New England Patriots, South Carolina women's basketball team and United States gymnastics team.

Manning's opening monologue included a joke about the dominance of the United States' gymnastics team and Kevin Durant that the 2017 NBA Finals MVP did not take too kindly toward before bringing another star athlete into the mix, via Sports Illustrated:

Sports Illustrated @SInow

Kevin Durant was not feeling this Peyton Manning joke AT ALL 😂 https://t.co/kdXTr2gE1E

While Durant may not have been feeling Manning's monologue, the legendary quarterback did earn high marks on social media for his performance:

Sage Steele @sagesteele

Fact: #PeytonManning just killed the opening monologue at the #ESPYS2017 💪🏽

Darren Rovell @darrenrovell

From where he started, Peyton Manning is the most improved athlete/actor-spokesman of all time.

Pat McAfee @PatMcAfeeShow

Proud of the big fella.. Peyton crushed

Sports Illustrated @SInow

Peyton Manning's still got it. Just ask Kevin Durant. https://t.co/HHCC9A33rn

The Patriots were one of the event's big winners, taking home the honor for Best Game when they stunned the Atlanta Falcons with a 25-point comeback to win Super Bowl LI 34-28 in overtime.

New England wide receiver Julian Edelman got in his own dig at Manning after the team took the stage to accept the award, via Zak Keefer of the Indianapolis Star:

Zak Keefer @zkeefer

Julian Edelman: "I have to admit, Peyton's killing it tonight. We are indoors though."


Here is the full list of winners from the 2017 ESPY Awards:

Best Male Athlete: Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder

Best Female Athlete: Simone Biles, Gymnastics

Best Team: Golden State Warriors

Best Play: Aaron Rodgers' Pass to Jared Cook vs. Dallas Cowboys

Best Championship Performance: Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors

Best Breakthrough Athlete: Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys

Best Record-Breaking Performance: Michael Phelps, 28 Career Olympic Medals

Best Upset: Mississippi State def. Connecticut, Women's College Basketball

Best Game: New England Patriots def. Atlanta Falcons, Super Bowl LI

Best Moment: Chicago Cubs win 2016 World Series

Best NFL Player: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

Best Female U.S. Olympic Athlete: Simone Biles, Gymnastics

Best Coach: Bob Hurley Sr., St. Anthony High School

Best WNBA Player: Candace Parker, Los Angeles Sparks

Best Male College Athlete: Deshaun Watson, Clemson

Best Female College Athlete: Kelly Barnhill, Florida

Best Male Action Sports Athlete: Mark McMorris, Snowboarding

Best Female Action Sports Athlete: Anna Gasser, Snowboarding

Best Male U.S. Olympic Athlete: Michael Phelps, Swimming

Best Male Athlete with a Disability: Steve Serio, Wheelchair Basketball

Best Female Athlete with a Disability: Becca Meyers, Paralympic Swimming

Best Comeback Athlete: Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers

Best International Athlete: Usain Bolt, Runner

Best NBA Player: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers

Best MLB Player: Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels

Best NHL Player: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins

Best Driver: Lewis Hamilton, Formula One

Best Fighter: Demetrious Johnson, UFC

Best Male Golfer: Sergio Garcia

Best Female Golfer: Ariya Jutanugarn

Best Male Tennis Player: Roger Federer

Best Female Tennis Player: Serena Williams

Best MLS Player: David Villa, New York City FC

Best Jockey: John Velazquez

Best Bowler: Jason Belmonte 

Results via ESPNMediaZone.com.


There were plenty of laughs to be had, but there were also many inspiring and heartwarming moments during the ceremony. Jon Stewart presented U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Israel Del Toro with the Pat Tillman Award for Service.

Per Lauren Huff of the Hollywood Reporter, Del Toro was given a 15 percent chance of surviving after being injured in a 2005 explosion in Afghanistan. He was told by doctors he may never walk again, only to be back on his feet in 2006 and later re-enlist in the Air Force.

ABC Network @ABCNetwork

"All my son wanted was his dad." - Master Sgt. Israel Del Toro winner of the Pat Tillman Award for Service. #ESPYS

Fifteen-year-old Jarrius Robertson, who has biliary atresia, was honored with the Jimmy V Perseverance Award and was able to use his natural charm and charisma during his speech:

SportsCenter @SportsCenter

From being inspired to being the source of inspiration. https://t.co/6laZcUsRGr

Robertson has been a staple at several major sporting events, including the 2017 NBA All-Star Game and WWE shows, since signing a one-day contract with the New Orleans Saints as their hype man prior to a game against the Kansas City Chiefs last year.

Another one of the night's most powerful speeches was delivered by Tim Shriver, who accepted the Arthur Ashe Courage Award on behalf of his mother and Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver.

Special Olympics @SpecialOlympics

"My mother knew 1 thing, that the athletes of @SpecialOlympics deserve the same glory as any athlete around the world,” says @TimShriver


"When in doubt... choose to include!" - @TimShriver delivers a powerful speech at the #ESPYS. https://t.co/kSDii2LOqc

Moving back to more light-hearted moments, Bill Murray provided plenty of levity when he came out to accept an award on behalf of the Chicago Cubs for Best Moment for ending the franchise's 108-year championship drought.

ESPN @espn

Bill Murray is still celebrating the Cubs' World Series win. #ESPYS https://t.co/ZQJe755R9x

This year's telecast was a very different show than the 2016 version. There were still several moments of inspiration, but nothing immediately stood out the way seeing LeBron James, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony asking the nation to stand together.

There also wasn't one winner who dominated the event like James did when he took home four trophies last year. Things were spread around evenly to capture the vast number of athletes, teams and stories that dominated the sports calendar over the past 12 months.