The ESPY Award Winners in 2021 | Top Athletes and Award-Winners

The ESPY award winners in 2021

/ 08:04 AM July 11, 2021

Following the virtual presentation in 2020, the 2021 ESPY Awards, ESPN’s annual celebration of all things sports, returned to New York on Saturday with an in-person ceremony.

Individual and team honors were reinstated during this year’s ESPYs. Anthony Mackie presented after they were axed in 2020 due to the coronavirus epidemic, which put many seasons on hold or canceled entirely.


Some 2021 ESPY winners include:

  • Best championship moment: Los Angeles Dodgers win their first World Series since 1988

  • Best coach: Tara VanDerveer, Stanford women’s basketball coach who passed Pat Summitt on the wins list and led Cardinal to 2021 national title
  • The Best college athlete, men’s sports: DeVonta Smith, Heisman Trophy-winning wide receiver from Alabama
  • The best college athlete, women’s sports: Paige Bueckers, star freshman for UConn women’s basketball team
  • Best NBA Player: Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors


  • Best WNBA player: Breanna Stewart of the Seattle Storm
  • The Best NFL player: Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB
  • Best MLB player: Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels DH and pitcher
  • Best NHL player: Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks winger
  • The Best international athlete in women’s soccer: Samantha Mewis
  • Best international athlete in men’s soccer: Cristiano Ronaldo

  • Best WWE moment: Sasha Banks, Bianca Belair headline WrestleMania, the first Black women to do so
  • The Best athlete in men’s golf: Phil Mickelson, 2021 PGA Championship winner
  • Best athlete, women’s golf: Sei Young Kim
  • Best MLS Player: Diego Rossi of LAFC
  • The Best NWSL: Julie Ertz of the Chicago Red Stars
  • Best boxer: Tyson Fury
  • Best MMA fighter: Khabib Nurmagomedov

  • The Best athlete in men’s tennis: Novak Djokovic
  • Best athlete in women’s tennis: Naomi Osaka
  • Best athlete in men’s action sports: Surfer Gabriel Medina
  • The Best athlete in women’s action sports: Snowboarder Chloe Kim, Snowboard
  • Best jockey: Joel Rosario

The ESPY Awards are a time for us to come together and celebrate the best of sports. We hope you could tune in this year as we celebrated some extraordinary achievements by our athletes, coaches, and executives! Congratulations to all of the winners on an incredible night full of memorable moments. Thank you for reading through our blog post about what went down at last night’s show.

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