Of the 10 awards that could’ve gone to a player or team in any sport at Wednesday night’s ESPY Awards, five are currently in the hands of NFL’ers. This is a big deal if you like to keep track of which of your favorite athletes will be forced to go home with a weird, cumbersome object that’ll be hard to explain to airport luggage checkers. Here’s the list of big winners: Best Comeback: Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, who had 5,000 yards and 40 TDs after playing just three games last year Best Moment: Demaryius Thomas and Tim Tebow of the Broncos hooking up for an 80-yard touchdown pass to beat the Steelers in the playoffs Coach/Manager of the Year: Tom Coughlin, who became the oldest coach to ever win a Super Bowl when the Giants beat the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI Record-Breaking Performance of the Year: Saints quarterback Drew Brees, for destroying Dan Marino’s longstanding record for passing yards in a season Game of the Year: The 49ers’ 36-32 win over the Saints in the playoffs As for the acceptance speeches, the highlight was probably Tebow. In typical humble Tebow fashion, he said he’d have voted for Bubba Watson’s miracle shot at Augusta instead of his own moment. He also asked Peyton Manning to take care of his old teammates in Denver. “I also want to congratulate and thank all of my old teammates ‒ take care of them, Peyton ‒ and I just want to thank them all.” That’s actually kind of a tall order, as those receivers are now in much greater danger of actually being hit by footballs. Manning was in attendance, on hand to present Pat Summitt with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award in a very nice moment. The other touching moment at the ESPYs was Tampa Bay Buccaneer Eric LeGrand receiving the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance.
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The NFL cleaned up at Wednesday night’s ESPY Awards (Shutdown Corner)