The Winners of the ESPY Awards of 2012

Since 1993, ESPN has been awarding individuals and teams for their athletic achievement as well as outstanding sports-related performances. That is through the ESPY Award. Unlike any other awards though, you can't expect to grab one of the trophies here if you don't have a solid fan-base and a huge following. Why? It's because the winners are strictly chosen through fan votes. Although ESPN personalities, sports journalists and broadcasters are also voting.

Last week, the awards ceremony were held at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles and the victorious were crowned. Here they are:

Breakthrough Athlete of the Year
Jeremy Lin, former New York Knicks player
Jeremy Lin ESPY 2012
Jeremy Lin

Record-Breaking Performance of the Year 
Drew Brees for breaking Dan Marino's NFL regular-season passing yards record.
Drew Brees ESPY 2012
Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints 

Biggest Upset:
LA Kings 
LA Kings' Dustin Brown, Matt Greene and Dustin Penner ESPY 2012
LA Kings' Dustin Brown, Matt Greene and Dustin Penner accepted the award.

Game of the Year
NFC divisional playoff—San Francisco 49ers 36, New Orleans Saints 32
San Francisco 49ers vs. New Orleans Saints ESPY 2012
San Francisco 49ers vs. New Orleans Saints 

Best Moment
Tim Tebow's 80-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas to beat the Steelers in the NFL playoffs
Arthur Ashe Courage Award
Pat Summitt, Head Coach Emeritus of the Tennessee Lady Vols basketball 

Pat Summit ESPY 2012
Pat Summit accepted the Arthur Ashe Courage award.

Jimmy V Perseverance Award 
Eric LeGrand, Honorary Buccaneer 

Eric LeGrand ESPY 2012
Eric LeGrand

Other Winners:

Best Coach/Manager of the Year
 Tom Coughlin, Coach of the New York Giants
Best International Athlete
Lionel Messi, Striker for Barcelona FC
Best Comeback
Matthew Stafford, Quarterback for the Detroit Lions
Best Team
Miami Heat
Best Male Athlete of the Year
LeBron James, Small Forward for the Miami Heat
Best Female Athlete of the Year
Brittney Griner 
Best Female College Athlete
Brittney Griner
Best Female Tennis Player
Maria Sharapova
Best Male Tennis Player
Novak Djokovic
Best MLB Player
Josh Hamilton, Left Fielder for Texas Rangers
Best NHL Player
Jonathan Quick, Goaltender for the LA Kings
Best Male College Athlete
Robert Griffin III
Best NBA Player
LeBron James, Small Forward for the Miami Heat
Best NFL Player
Aaron Rodgers, Quarterback for the Green Bay Packers
Best Male Action Sports Athlete
Shaun White, Snowboarder and Skateboarder
Best Female Action Sports Athlete
Jamie Anderson. Snowboarder
Best Play
Christian Watford
Best Fighter
Floyd Mayweather, Jr. 
Best Championship Player
LeBron James
Best Jockey
Mario Gutierrez
Best Male Athlete with a Disability
Kyle Maynard
Best Female Athlete with a Disability
Jessica Long
Best Bowler
Sean Rash
Best MLS Player
David Beckham
Best Track and Field Athlete
Walter Dix
Best WNBA Player of the Year
Diana Taurasi 
Best Male Golfer
Bubba Watson
Best Driver
Tony Stewart

That's it. The best of the best in the sporting world - according to voting fans at least. Well, for one, I don't agree that Floyd is the best fighter. I may be biased here but I think Manny Pacquiao is still the best fighter. 

Anyway, such a shame that Lionel Messi, Jonathan Quick and Tony "Smoke" Stewart wasn't there to receive their awards personally. And no Miami Heat, too!

I just have to add this (sorry) - but my favorite NASCAR driver was also there to present an award. Yes, it's JIMMIE JOHNSON of the 48 Lowes Cherolet. (Okay, I'm smiling from ear to ear here.) 

Jimmie Johnson ESPY 2012
Jimmie Johnson with Tim Tebow at the ESPY 2012 Awards Ceremony

PS. Jimmie looks so small beside Maria Sharapova in one of the red carpet pictures. Ugh.

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