LeBron James, Miami Heat, Jonathan Quick, Jeremy Lin Among the Night’s Big Winners at the 20th Annual ESPYS

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July 11th, 2012

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LeBron James, Miami Heat, Jonathan Quick, Jeremy Lin Among the Night’s Big Winners at the 20th Annual ESPYS, Hosted by Rob Riggle

 

LeBron James Takes Home Three ESPYS; Brittney Griner Wins for Both Best Female Athlete and Best Female College Athlete, Shaun White Wins his Fifth Consecutive ESPY for Best Male Action Sports Athlete and Drew Brees Wins for Best Record-Breaking Performance

 

The biggest stars from the worlds of sports and entertainment gathered in downtown Los Angeles at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on Wednesday night to celebrate the best sports stories of the year at The 2012 ESPYS Presented by Capital One, hosted by Rob Riggle.

 

The Miami Heat were the winners of the night as they were honored as the year’s Best Team, which was voted on live during the show via ESPN.com and Twitter, and LeBron James won for Best Championship Performance, Best NBA Player and Best Male Athlete. James is the first NBA player to win an ESPY for Best Championship Performance and as MVP in NBA Finals, averaged 28.6 points per game and 10.2 rebounds per game and earned his first career championship.

 

The year that included the rise of “Lin-sanity” culminated with Jeremy Lin taking home the ESPY for Best Breakthrough Athlete. Best NHL Player went to Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings who, during a magical season for the Kings, allowed just seven goals in six games in Stanley Cup Final finishing the 2012 Playoffs with a 16-4 record, 1.41 goals against average and a .946 save percentage.

 

Texas Ranger Josh Hamilton won for Best MLB Player and Drew Brees won for Best Record-Breaking Performance for breaking Dan Marino’s single-season record for passing yards. Brees finished the season with 5,476 yards to break Marino’s long-held record of 5,084.

 

Best Game went to the NFC playoff match-up of the San Francisco 49ers vs. New Orleans Saints, where Alex Smith completed a 14-yard touchdown pass to Vernon Davis with nine seconds left as San Francisco earned a thrilling 36-32 playoff victory.

 

The Arthur Ashe Courage Award, which recognizes individuals whose contributions transcend sports, was awarded to Pat Summitt, who served for 38 seasons as head basketball coach of the University of Tennessee Lady Volunteers, keeping the team among the nation’s elite while changing the way women’s collegiate hoops is perceived and inspiring women across the country. The award, which Peyton Manning presented to Summitt, honored the strength and courage that Summitt displayed during her tenure at UT and in the face of illness.

 

Another special moment in the show was the presentation of the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance, in honor of the late Jim Valvano and The V Foundation for Cancer Research. Rob Lowe presented the award to former Rutgers defensive tackle Eric LeGrand who serves as an inspiration to many as he strives to recover from a spinal cord injury that ended his playing career and changed his life forever

 

Other 2012 ESPY winners included Aaron Rodgers (Best NFL Player), Tom Coughlin (Best Coach/Manager) and Diana Taurasi (Best WNBA Player) who took home her third straight ESPY. Matthew Stafford won Best Comeback for returning from a shoulder injury after just three games in 2010 to pass for 5,038 yards and 41 touchdowns this season. Baylor University’s Robert Griffin III and Brittney Griner won Best Male College Athlete and Best Female College Athlete, respectively.

 

This year’s guest presenters included Jessica Biel (Total Recall), Connie Britton (Nashville), Kenny Chesney (Welcome to the Fishbowl), Zooey Deschanel (New Girl), Cody Horn (Magic Mike), Robert Griffin III, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kemp, Peyton Manning, Joel McHale (Community), Olivia Munn (The Newsroom), Rob Lowe, Steve Nash, Hayden Panettiere (Nashville), Danica Patrick, Jeremy Renner (The Bourne Legacy), Aaron Rodgers and Shaun White.

 

Below is a complete list of 2012 winners.

 

The 2012 ESPYs – WINNERS

SPECIAL AWARDS

 

ARTHUR ASHE COURAGE AWARD: Pat Summitt

JIMMY V AWARD FOR PERSEVERANCE: Eric LeGrand

 

BEST IN SPORT

 

BEST FEMALE ATHLETE: Brittney Griner, Baylor University

BEST MALE ATHLETE: LeBron James, Miami Heat

BEST MOMENT: Tim Tebow pass to Demaryius Thomas, AFC Wildcard game

BEST TEAM: Miami Heat

BEST COMEBACK: Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions

BEST COACH/MANAGER: Tom Coughlin, New York Giants

BEST GAME: San Francisco 49ers vs. New Orleans Saints

BEST CHAMPIONSHIP PERFORMANCE: LeBron James, Miami Heat

BEST PLAY: Christian Watford’s buzzer beater for Indiana win against Kentucky

BEST UPSET: Eighth seed Los Angeles Kings win the Stanley Cup

BEST BREAKTHROUGH ATHLETE: Jeremy Lin, New York Knicks

BEST RECORD-BREAKING PERFORMANCE: Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

BEST MALE COLLEGE ATHLETE: Robert Griffin III, Baylor University

BEST FEMALE COLLEGE ATHLETE: Brittney Griner, Baylor University

BEST MALE ATHLETE WITH A DISABILITY: Kyle Maynard, Climbing

BEST FEMALE ATHLETE WITH A DISABILITY: Jessica Long, Swimming

 

INDIVIDUAL SPORTS

 

BEST MLB PLAYER: Josh Hamilton, Texas Rangers

BEST NBA PLAYER: LeBron James, Miami Heat

BEST WNBA PLAYER: Diana Taurasi, Phoenix Mercury

BEST NFL PLAYER: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

BEST NHL PLAYER: Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings

BEST MLS PLAYER: David Beckham, Los Angeles Galaxy

BEST MALE ACTION SPORT ATHLETE: Shaun White

BEST FEMALE ACTION SPORT ATHLETE: Jamie Anderson

BEST BOWLER: Sean Rash

BEST DRIVER: Tony Stewart

BEST FIGHTER: Floyd Mayweather

BEST MALE GOLFER: Bubba Watson

BEST FEMALE GOLFER: Cristie Kerr

BEST INTERNATIONAL ATHLETE: Lionel Messi

BEST JOCKEY: Mario Gutierrez

BEST MALE TENNIS PLAYER: Novak Djokovic

BEST FEMALE TENNIS PLAYER: Maria Sharapova

BEST TRACK AND FIELD ATHLETE: Walter Dix

 

SPONSORED AWARD

 

CAPITAL ONE CUP: Stanford Women’s Athletics and Florida Men’s Athletics.

 

The ESPYS

The ESPYS gather top celebrities from sports and entertainment to commemorate the past year in sports by recognizing major sports achievements, reliving Unforgettable moments and saluting the leading performers and performances. The 2012 ESPYS recognizes both sport-specific achievements, such as “Best MLB Player” and “Best WNBA Player,” and best-in-sport winners, such as “Best Team” or “Best Female Athlete” that pit nominees from different sports against each other. The ESPYS honor ESPN’s commitment to The V Foundation for Cancer Research, a partnership launched with the late Jim Valvano at the inaugural ESPYs in 1993.

 

 
  • Melanie

    Congrats to all of the winners! So happy for Lebron and the Miami Heat especially!! :)

  • jc

    When an athlete has to miss his big award because he’s in prison for violent domestic battery (Mayweather), it might be time for the ESPYs to pretend that they actually do care about athletes being role models and consider him ineligible. What about Manny?

  • cc

    Does anyone actually still believe awards are given to the best?

  • AppleStinx

    cc wrote: “Does anyone actually still believe awards are given to the best?”

    Awards are given to those who most desperately need motivation to go on with their unbearable lives. You see, to those millionaires it’s never about money, it’s all about recognition and respect. :grin:

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