The 2017 ESPY’s had it all: laughter, emotions, applause and a trip down memory lane. We reminisced on some of sports’ greatest moments and athletes.
Peyton Manning started the night off strong with a side-splitting monologue. No one was safe once the former NFL quarterback took the stage. The best part of Peyton Manning’s monologue was when he targeted Kevin Durant for joining the Golden State Warriors.
But Kevin Durant’s big free agency move paid off for him. With his All-Star year capped off by an MVP-worthy finals performance. His impressive stats earned him the Best Championship Performance award.
Not only did Kevin Durant get honored, but his whole team did. The Golden State Warriors won the Best Team award.
Peyton did an amazing job hosting and he even managed to throw in a few jabs at his former rivals, the New England Patriots. But the Patriots ultimately got the last laugh as they won the Best Game award.
Aaron Rodgers came away from the night with a few awards. He won Best NFL Player, besting league MVP Matt Ryan. Rodgers also snagged the Best Play award, for his sideline pass to Jared Cook to put the Packers in field goal range in the divisional round against the Dallas Cowboys.
Speaking of the Dallas Cowboys, Dak Prescott won the Breakthrough Athlete of the year. Prescott beat Milwaukee Bucks sensation Giannis Antetokounmpo. Prescott also earned the honors of Offensive Rookie of the Year at the NFL Honors Awards.
The tear-jerkers came when Israel Del Toro and Jarrius Robertson took over the microphone. Israel was honored with the Pat Tillman Award after surviving an explosion in Afghanistan, and was initially given a 15 percent chance of living.
Jarrius Robertson is a 15-year-old battling a rare liver disease that he was diagnosed with at birth. He has courageously and publicly battled this disease on the sidelines with the New Orleans Saints and LSU Tigers. Robertson used his time on the stage after winning the Jimmy V Award to encourage viewers to donate organs.
The strangest moment of the night came after the Chicago Cubs were announced as the winners of the Best Moments. Nick Offerman and and Bill Murray celebrated by popping champagne with David Ross, who had an unusual dance.
Michael Phelps also came away from the night with an award. After Phelps’ unbelievable outing at the 2016 Rio Olympics, he won Best Record Breaking Season. Another Olympian award winner was Simone Biles, who won honors of Best Female Athlete.
The ESPY’s are officially over, but it was a great way to cap off an exciting year in sports. Click here for a complete list of winners from tonight’s award show.