He was in such a frail state that he was having difficulty standing on the stage. He remarked that when you are too tired to carry on someone else has to be handed the baton. His award was for perseverance.
Then there was Michael Sam. He received an award for coming out of the closet as a gay. The Paralympic Josh Sweeney was handed an award for aiding veterans in overcoming their disabilities as far as sports were concerned.
The Seahawks won one for being the best overall sports team. As for the host of the show it was none other than Drake. The number of extraordinary people present among the audience was proof of the fact that exceptional things can be done provided one puts one mind or body to it.
Stuart Scott did the ESPN2 “The Deuce” once upon a time. He once asked a co-host whether he ought to keep things in low key. GQ magazine has awarded him with the accolade of being the gentleman who put the beat in sports news casting.
The fact that Stu has fought a long and weary battle with cancer proves once and for all that he is a fighter and survivor of the highest order.
As for real life fighters, the winner of an ESPY was none other than Ronda Rousey. She turned out to be the best overall female athlete. And she was one amongst many. Ronda has been a pugilist and provocateur since her days as a kid who carried a chip on her shoulder.
The stars are aligned. The trophies are aligned. Find out who's taking 'em home at 9 ET on ESPN. pic.twitter.com/KZURVKwNJv— ESPYS 2014 (@ESPYS) July 16, 2014
There were several others on the ESPN circuit who also bagged many ESPY awards. See the complete list of 2014 ESPY Awards winners below:
Best Male Athlete: Kevin Durant, Thunder
Best Female Athlete: Ronda Rousey, MMA
Best International Athlete: Cristiano Ronaldo
Best Male College Athlete: Doug McDermott, Creighton basketball
Best Female College Athlete: Breanna Stewart, UConn basketball
Best NHL Athlete: Sidney Crosby, Penguins
Best MLS Athlete: Tim Cahill, Red Bulls
Best Male Action Sports Athlete: Nyjah Houston, skateboarding
Best Female Action Sports Athlete: Jamie Anderson, snowboarding
Best Comeback: Russell Westbrook, Thunder
Best Male Athlete with a Disability: Declan Farmer, USA Sled Hockey
Best Female Athlete with a Disability: Jamie Whitmore, cycling
Best NBA Player: Kevin Durant, Thunder
Best WNBA Player: Maya Moore, Lynx
Best NFL Player: Peyton Manning, Broncos
Best MLB Player: Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
Best Male Olympian: Sage Kotsenburg, Snowboarding
Best Female Olympian: Jamie Anderson, snowboarding
Best Male Tennis Player: Rafael Nadal
Best Female Tennis Player: Maria Sharapova
Best Male Golfer: Bubba Watson
Best Female Golfer: Michelle Wie
Best Fighter: Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Best Jockey: Victor Espinoza
Best Bowler: Pete Weber
Best Driver: Ryan Hunter-Reay, IndyCar
Best Moment: USA defeats Ghana
Best Upset: Mercer over Duke, NCAA tournament
Best Record Breaking Performance: Peyton Manning, Broncos
55 TDs. 5,447 yards. Both NFL records. Congrats to Peyton Manning on winning Best Record-Breaking Performance! pic.twitter.com/7sqDD4IWYv— ESPYS 2014 (@ESPYS) July 17, 2014
Best Coach/Manager: Gregg Popovich, Spurs
Best Play: Chris Davis FG return
Best Team: Seattle Seahawks
Best Breakthrough Athlete: Richard Sherman, Seahawks
Best Game: Auburn vs. Alabama
Best Championship Performance: Kawhi Leonard, Spurs (NBA Finals MVP)
Pat Tillman Award for Service: Josh Sweeney, USA Sled Hockey
Purple Heart. Gold Medal. We're proud to announce Josh Sweeney as our inaugural Pat Tillman Award for Service winner. pic.twitter.com/uE28hUnted— ESPYS 2014 (@ESPYS) July 17, 2014
The star studded night turned out to be a truly memorable experience. In fact, it is one that will live long in the collective unconscious or Zeitgeist.