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ESPY 2013 Winners: Full Recap and Analysis of All the Action

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 17:  TV personality Robin Roberts (L) and NBA player LeBron James backstage at The 2013 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 17, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for ESPY)
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Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIJuly 19, 2013

The 20th ESPY Awards ceremony offered sports and entertainment fans a little bit of everything. The fashion conscious had a plethora of outfits and superstars to evaluate on the red carpet and host Jon Hamm showed he's more than a solid dramatic actor. He injected some welcomed humor to the event, including a few digs at former L.A. Lakers star Dwight Howard.

Which surely got a rise out of the Los Angeles crowd at the Nokia Theatre. 

We were treated to all of that, and none of those moments came close to touching the awards and their recipients. Here's a look at the athletes and personalities who took home hardware.

 

List of Winners

Best Male AthleteLeBron James 
Best Female AthleteSerena Williams
Best Championship PerformanceLeBron James
Best Breakthrough AthleteColin Kaepernick
Best Record-Breaking PerformanceMichael Phelps
Best UpsetFlorida Gulf Coast over Georgetown 
Best GameHeat vs. Spurs Game 6
Best MomentJack Hoffman
Best PlayJadeveon Clowney's big hit
Best TeamMiami Heat
Best Coach/ManagerRick Pitino 
Best ComebackAdrian Peterson
Best International AthleteUsain Bolt 
Best NFL PlayerAdrian Peterson
Best MLB PlayerMiguel Cabrera
Best NHL PlayerSidney Crosby
Best DriverRyan Hunter-Reay
Best NBA PlayerLeBron James
Best WNBA PlayerCandace Parker 
Best FighterFloyd Mayweather Jr.  
Best Male GolferTiger Woods
Best Female GolferStacy Lewis
Best Male Tennis PlayerNovak Djokovic 
Best Female Tennis PlayerSerena Williams 
Best Male College AthleteJohnny Manziel
Best Female College AthleteBrittney Griner 
Best Male Action Sport AthleteNyjah Huston
Best Female Action Sport AthleteStephanie Gilmore
Best JockeyJoel Rosario
Best Male Athlete With A DisabilityJeremy Campbell
Best Female Athlete With A DisabilityJessica Long 
Best BowlerPete Weber 
Best MLS PlayerThierry Henry
Best Male US Olympic AthleteMichael Phelps
Best Female US Olympic AthleteMissy Franklin 

 

Biggest Winners

LeBron James 

King James not only took home three individual awards: (Best Male Athlete, Best NBA Player and Best Championship Performance), he also shared awards for Best Team and Best Game (Game 6 of the NBA Finals) with his Miami Heat teammates.

James even had the honor of presenting Robin Roberts with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. All in all, he was on stage about as much as Hamm and quite honestly, he earned every bit of the face time.

 

Others Who Won Multiple Awards

James was the only athlete to win three individual ESPYs, but a select group won two. Serena Williams won for Best Female Tennis Player and Best Female Athlete.

She wasn't in attendance due to her participation in the Swedish Open.

Michael Phelps was on hand to collect ESPYs for Best Male US Olympic Athlete and Best Record-Breaking Performance. The latter was more of a lifetime achievement award, but who can argue with recognizing the most-decorated athlete in Olympic history.

Adrian Peterson's incredible comeback season won him awards for Best Comeback and Best NFL Player. AP ran for 2,097 yards and fell just nine shy of breaking Eric Dickerson's single-season record.

Producing that type of season a year after tearing his ACL made AP a lock for at least one of those awards.

 

Most Touching Moments

Robin Roberts is a Symbol of Grace, Courage and Unbreakable Spirit

Even before Roberts was diagnosed with leukemia, I understood how important she has been to the business of sports journalism. She's a pioneer for women, African-Americans, minorities and an example for anyone who desires to see how the job can be done with grace, dignity, competence and class.

With that as a foundation, her public struggle to overcome her illness has only made all of those positive adjectives more apparent. The ordeal has also further extended Roberts' appeal far beyond the sports world.

Seeing her recognized with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award was one of the most appropriate and touching moments of the evening.

 

Jack Hoffman's Wins For Most Memorable Moment

The 7-year-old Nebraska Cornhuskers football fan got to live out a dream when head coach Bo Pelini helped arrange for the young man to score a touchdown in the team's spring practice. Hoffman is a pediatric cancer patient whose strength and courage is an inspiration to anyone going through a similar trial in their life.

The treat was an excellent reward for such a brave young man. The Cornhuskers' program proved to be a first-class program for allowing this to happen and both deserved the recognition for such a great sports moment.

 

Dick and Rick Hoyt Receive Jimmy V Perseverance Award

There has never been a more deserving pair of recipients than the Hoyts for the Jimmy V Perseverance Award. It was hard to maintain a dry eye as the father and son told their story through videos.

What the Hoyts have endured with Rick's cerebral palsy and decades of marathon participation is a mammoth story of strength and perseverance. When you also include the fact that the Hoyts were attempting to participate in their final race at the Boston Marathon in 2013, the story becomes even more amazing.

Because of the bombings, the Hoyts could have seen their plans to finish their marathon career ruined, but that wouldn't be Hoyt-like.

The father and son will run in one more Boston Marathon to honor those who were hurt in the race's tragedy.

When the Hoyts took the stage to receive their award, it was perhaps the most justifiable displays of genuine emotion from a large crowd you'll ever see.

This type of moment is what separates the ESPYs from other awards shows.

 

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