The 2017 ESPY Awards were dominated by Peyton Manning's skill at telling jokes that he first displayed during a Saturday Night Live hosting gig 10 years ago and renewing his friendly rivalry with the New England Patriots.
The Golden State Warriors took home the night's biggest award when they were voted as the best team, beating out the Chicago Cubs, Clemson Tigers football team, Pittsburgh Penguins, New England Patriots, South Carolina women's basketball team and United States gymnastics team.
Manning's opening monologue included a joke about the dominance of the United States' gymnastics team and Kevin Durant that the 2017 NBA Finals MVP did not take too kindly toward before bringing another star athlete into the mix, via Sports Illustrated:
While Durant may not have been feeling Manning's monologue, the legendary quarterback did earn high marks on social media for his performance:
The Patriots were one of the event's big winners, taking home the honor for Best Game when they stunned the Atlanta Falcons with a 25-point comeback to win Super Bowl LI 34-28 in overtime.
New England wide receiver Julian Edelman got in his own dig at Manning after the team took the stage to accept the award, via Zak Keefer of the Indianapolis Star:
Here is the full list of winners from the 2017 ESPY Awards:
Best Male Athlete: Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
Best Female Athlete: Simone Biles, Gymnastics
Best Team: Golden State Warriors
Best Play: Aaron Rodgers' Pass to Jared Cook vs. Dallas Cowboys
Best Championship Performance: Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors
Best Breakthrough Athlete: Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys
Best Record-Breaking Performance: Michael Phelps, 28 Career Olympic Medals
Best Upset: Mississippi State def. Connecticut, Women's College Basketball
Best Game: New England Patriots def. Atlanta Falcons, Super Bowl LI
Best Moment: Chicago Cubs win 2016 World Series
Best NFL Player: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Best Female U.S. Olympic Athlete: Simone Biles, Gymnastics
Best Coach: Bob Hurley Sr., St. Anthony High School
Best WNBA Player: Candace Parker, Los Angeles Sparks
Best Male College Athlete: Deshaun Watson, Clemson
Best Female College Athlete: Kelly Barnhill, Florida
Best Male Action Sports Athlete: Mark McMorris, Snowboarding
Best Female Action Sports Athlete: Anna Gasser, Snowboarding
Best Male U.S. Olympic Athlete: Michael Phelps, Swimming
Best Male Athlete with a Disability: Steve Serio, Wheelchair Basketball
Best Female Athlete with a Disability: Becca Meyers, Paralympic Swimming
Best Comeback Athlete: Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
Best International Athlete: Usain Bolt, Runner
Best NBA Player: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
Best MLB Player: Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
Best NHL Player: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
Best Driver: Lewis Hamilton, Formula One
Best Fighter: Demetrious Johnson, UFC
Best Male Golfer: Sergio Garcia
Best Female Golfer: Ariya Jutanugarn
Best Male Tennis Player: Roger Federer
Best Female Tennis Player: Serena Williams
Best MLS Player: David Villa, New York City FC
Best Jockey: John Velazquez
Best Bowler: Jason Belmonte
Results via ESPNMediaZone.com.
There were plenty of laughs to be had, but there were also many inspiring and heartwarming moments during the ceremony. Jon Stewart presented U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Israel Del Toro with the Pat Tillman Award for Service.
Per Lauren Huff of the Hollywood Reporter, Del Toro was given a 15 percent chance of surviving after being injured in a 2005 explosion in Afghanistan. He was told by doctors he may never walk again, only to be back on his feet in 2006 and later re-enlist in the Air Force.
Fifteen-year-old Jarrius Robertson, who has biliary atresia, was honored with the Jimmy V Perseverance Award and was able to use his natural charm and charisma during his speech:
Robertson has been a staple at several major sporting events, including the 2017 NBA All-Star Game and WWE shows, since signing a one-day contract with the New Orleans Saints as their hype man prior to a game against the Kansas City Chiefs last year.
Another one of the night's most powerful speeches was delivered by Tim Shriver, who accepted the Arthur Ashe Courage Award on behalf of his mother and Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver.
Moving back to more light-hearted moments, Bill Murray provided plenty of levity when he came out to accept an award on behalf of the Chicago Cubs for Best Moment for ending the franchise's 108-year championship drought.
This year's telecast was a very different show than the 2016 version. There were still several moments of inspiration, but nothing immediately stood out the way seeing LeBron James, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony asking the nation to stand together.
There also wasn't one winner who dominated the event like James did when he took home four trophies last year. Things were spread around evenly to capture the vast number of athletes, teams and stories that dominated the sports calendar over the past 12 months.