Saquon Barkley, who finished second in the NFL with 1,307 rushing yards as a rookie with the New York Giants, won the ESPY for Best Breakthrough Athlete on Wednesday night at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
The other nominees are Milwaukee Brewers 'Christian Yelich, Atlanta Hawks' Trae Young and tennis champion Naomi Osaka, the reigning women's singles champion at the US Open and the Australian Open.
"I want to thank God for allowing me to wake up every day and practice the sport I love and have an impact on others," Barkley said after receiving the award. . "I want to thank the Giants' organization for writing and trying my luck, I would not be able to play the sport I love without you too."
Barkley was named the NFL 2018 offensive recruit by the Associated Press and also won the fan votes for the Pepsi rookie of the year.
Barkley also recorded 91 receptions, an NFL record for a rookie, at 721 yards, and his 2,028 yards scrimmage at the top of the championship.
He was the third rookie in the history of the NFL to have 2,000 scrum yards, joining Eric Dickerson in 1983 and Edgerrin James in 1999.
According to Elias Sports Bureau, his six-plus-50-yard rookies this season have been the most marked by a Giants player since the NFL's merger with the AFL in 1970.
Wednesday's ceremony marked the 27th edition of ESPYS. The V Foundation for Cancer Research has been synonymous with exposure since the late Jim Valvano announced its beginning in a memorable speech at the 1993 awards ceremony.
It was announced Wednesday that the V Foundation has raised more than $ 100 million for cancer research since its inception.
Best record performance
He won the award against Sabrina Ionescu, of Oregon, who became the all-time leading women's basketball player in triple doubles; Klay Thompson of Golden State, who set the record of 3 points in a game at 14; and Matthew Boling, who set the high school record at 100 meters.
Brees broke Peyton Manning's record with 71,940 yards in career with a 62-yard touchdown pass to receiver Tre Quan Smith in the second quarter of a 43-19 win against Washington in October.
This match was one of the best performances of his 18-year career, completing 23 of 26 passes for 363 yards and three touchdowns. His achievement percentage of 89.7 was a career best.
Brees is one of the best quarterbacks of all time: barely 6 feet tall, barely recruited in high school, he fell to the San Diego Chargers in the second round of the NFL Draft in Purdue in 2001 and was questioned by most in the league when he became a free agent after a shoulder injury that threatened his career in 2005.
Pat Tillman Award
Former Sergeant Kirstie Ennis of the United States Navy Corps, an athlete who has spent most of his life before suffering serious injuries during a helicopter crash while he was in action. she was on active duty in Afghanistan, was awarded the Pat Tillman Award for service.
Ennis, who has had more than three dozen surgeries, including amputation of the left leg above the knee, after facial trauma, brain trauma, cervical and lumbar trauma, and bilateral lesions Shoulder during the 2012 accident is his recovery. She has won three gold medals in swimming at the Warrior Games, but the competitions are only part of her story.
It also traveled 1000 km across Great Britain and reached the peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro, Carstensz, Elbrus and Aconcagua to become the first female amputee above the knee to reach the seven highest peaks in the world. world.
The award was named in honor of former NFL linebacker and US Army Ranger Pat Tillman, who died while serving in Afghanistan after returning to the military. after the terrorist attacks of 11 September.
Other big winners:
Best player in the NFL: Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
MLB's best player: Christian Yelich, Brewers of Milwaukee
Best player in the NHL: Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
Best university athlete: Zion Williamson, Duke
Best coach: Jim Calhoun
Best WNBA Player: Breanna Stewart, Seattle Storm
Best male golfer: Brooks Koepka
Best golfer: Brooke Henderson
Best tennis player: Serena Williams
Best male tennis player: Roger Federer
Best driver: Kyle Busch
Best international football player: Sam Kerr
Best male international football player: Lionel Messi
Best MLS player: Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Best MMA fighter: Daniel Cormier
Best upset: Andy Ruiz Jr. defeats Anthony Joshua
Best return: St. Louis Blues