Lebron celebrates double success in 2012
ESPN dished out their annual ESPYS (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Awards) and after winning his first NBA title with Miami Heat, Lebron James followed by winning Male Athlete of the year.
James wasn’t on hand to collect the award, he is already training with the national team for the Olympics, and also won an ESPY for Championship Performance of the Year and for NBA Player of the Year.
Further accolades came as Miami Heat were named as the Team of the Year by ESPN for their NBA title win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
NCAA champion Brittney Griner was honoured as the Female Athlete of the Year in the annual ceremony from Los Angeles.
Other winners included:
• Breakthrough Athlete of the Year: Jeremy Lin, the former Harvard guard and NBA vagabond who came off the New York Knicks’ bench to average 14.6 points and 6.2 assists per game.
• Record-Breaking Performance of the Year: Saints quarterback Brees for breaking Marino’s NFL regular-season passing yards record. Brees threw for 5,476 yards and 46 touchdowns last season. Marino threw for 5,084 yards in 1984 (Tom Brady also broke Marino’s record in 2011).
• Biggest Upset: The Los Angeles Kings, who came from the eighth seed in the Western Conference to win the Stanley Cup over the New Jersey Devils. The Kings beat the top three seeds in the West.
• Game of the Year: The San Francisco 49ers’ dramatic 36-32 NFC Divisional playoff win over the Saints, which saw four lead changes in the final four minutes. The 49ers won the game with a 14-yard touchdown pass from Alex Smith to Vernon Davis with 14 seconds to play.
• Best Moment: Tim Tebow’s 80-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL playoffs.
• Coach/Manager of Year: Tom Coughlin, who won his second Super Bowl in January, beating New England 21-17. Coughlin became the oldest coach at age 65 to win a Super Bowl with the title.
• Best Comeback: Detroit Lions’ quarterback Matthew Stafford, who came back from offseason shoulder surgery and threw for 5,038 yards last year, fourth most in NFL history.
• Best International Athlete: Lionel Messi, FC Barcelona’s striker and Argentina’s captain, scored 50 goals in La Liga and 14 in the Champions League.
• NFL Player of the Year: Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers).
• MLB Player of the Year: Josh Hamilton (Texas Rangers).
• NHL Player of the Year: Jonathan Quick (Los Angeles Kings).
• Driver of the Year: Tony Stewart.
• WNBA Player of the Year: Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury)
• Fighter of the Year: Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
• Male Golfer: Bubba Watson.
• Female Golfer: Cristie Kerr.
• Male Tennis Player: Novak Djokovic.
• Female Tennis Player: Maria Sharapova.
• Male College Athlete: Robert Griffin III.
• Male Athlete with a Disability: Kyle Maynard, climbing.
• Female Athlete with a Disability: Jessica Long, swimming.
• College Athletic Program: Stanford women’s athletics and Florida men’s athletics
• Bowler: Sean Rash.
• MLS Player: David Beckham, Los Angeles Galaxy.
• Track and Field Athlete: Walter Dix.
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