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Football At The 2016 ESPY’S: Saluting The Heroes Of War

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 13: (L-R) Honorees Kobe Bryant, Abby Wambach, recording artist Justin Timberlake and honoree Peyton Manning pose with the Icon Award backstage during the 2016 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 was when the 2016 ESPY Awards took place, at the Microsoft Theater at LA Live in Downtown Los Angeles, California, United States of America. A number of important awards were handed out.  The complete list of winners and runners up is listed below. As we focus on the soccer, we’ll expand on the winners in that department.

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We start with the best International Athlete. 2016 may as well go down as the year of years for Cristiano Ronaldo. He won the UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid and also won the European Championship with Portugal. Thus far, Cristiano has 236 caps and 260 goals for Real Madrid and 61 goals in 133 caps for A Selecao. He can even manage, at least as an assistant. Case in point: the EURO 2016 final, where an injury forced Cristiano to the sidelines, where he elected to direct from the pitch, and effectively help manage Portugal to its first-ever piece of silverware in all international competitions, a 1-0 scalp of the host nation France.

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Stateside, we move to Best MLS Player. Obviously, Sebastian Giovinco of Toronto FC was named MLS MVP last season, so it was a mere formality that the Atomic Ant himself would beat New England’s Kei Kamara, Montreal’s Laurent Ciman and New York Red Bulls netminder Luis Robles to this honor. But here’s the catch: all four players aren’t doing as well this season. Giovinco’s had injury problems, Kamara has been slow to produce goals, and Montreal and the Red Bulls aren’t the sharpest tools in the shed defensively. Take your pick as to who’s going to follow Giovinco with this personal double. Go on…


And finally, we go to the Icon Award. There were three winners. There was Kobe Bryant. There was Peyton Manning. And there was Abby Wambach. A living legend, and a face of the United States Women’s National Team (with perhaps Alex Morgan and Carli Lloyd to succeed her), Wambach has spent her entire career as a servant to the best women’s football team in the world. 70 goals in 116 caps for club, 184 goals in 255 caps for country. You all should know this very well, readers: there will never be another Abby Wambach. Never, never again. Mary Abigail Wambach is to this sport on the women’s side as Manning is to gridiron and Kobe is to basketball. Hail to the Queen!

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And so, without further ado, here are your list of winners. Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.

  • Aaron Rodgers – Hail Mary pass to Richard Rodgers against Detroit
    • Kris Jenkins – buzzer beater
    • Michigan St. – punt block TD
    • LeBron James – Game 7 block
    • Steph Curry – 38-foot game-winner
    • Holly Holm – knockout of Ronda Rousey
    • Tiffany Howard – HR robbery WCWS
    • Jairo Samerio – scores on scissor-kick ground
    • Dele Alli – juggling goal for Tottenham
    • Josh Donaldson – diving into stands
    • Bartolo Colon – first home run
    • Army softball – player leaps over tag at home
    • Louis Oosthuizen – hole-in-one off of ball
    • Stanford – trick play w/ circus catch
    • Connor McDavid – goal
    • Ole Miss – crazy 66-yard TD
Best Female Athlete with a Disability

Honorary awards

Arthur Ashe Courage Award

Jimmy V Perseverance Award

Pat Tillman Award for Service

  • Sgt. Elizabeth Marks

Best Moment

Icon Award

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