ESPY 2023 Winners: Awards Results, Recap, Top Moments and Twitter Reaction


2023 ESPYs Winners

Here is a look at the 2023 winners. The full list of nominees and winners can be found here.

  • Best Team: Kansas City Chiefs
  • Best Athlete, Women’s Sports: Mikaela Shiffrin, Skiing
  • Best Athlete, Men’s Sports: Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
  • Best Breakthrough Athlete: Angel Reese, LSU
  • Best Record-Breaking Performance: LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers
  • Best Championship Performance: Lionel Messi, Argentina men’s soccer
  • Best Comeback Athlete: Jamal Murray, Denver Nuggets
  • Best Play: Justin Jefferson’s catch vs. Buffalo Bills
  • Best NFL Player: Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
  • Best NBA Player: Nikola Jokić, Denver Nuggets 
  • Best WNBA Player: A’ja Wilson, Las Vegas Aces
  • Best UFC Fighter: Jon Jones
  • Best Boxer: Claressa Shields
  • Best College Athlete, Men’s Sports: Caleb Williams, USC
  • Best College Athlete, Women’s Sports: Caitlin Clark, Iowa
  • Best Athlete with a Disability: Zach Miller, Snowboarding
  • Best MLB Player: Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels
  • Best NHL Player: Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers
  • Best Driver: Max Verstappen, F1
  • Best Soccer Player: Lionel Messi, Argentina/PSG
  • Best Golfer: Scottie Scheffler
  • Best Tennis Player: Novak Djokovic

Special Accolade Winners

  • Arthur Ashe Award for Courage: U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team
  • Jimmy V Award for Perseverance: Liam Hendriks, Chicago White Sox 
  • Pat Tillman Award for Service: Buffalo Bills training staff
  • Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award: Jrue and Lauren Holiday

Top Moments and Reaction

There may not have been a formal host, but the ESPYs wasted little time capturing the audience’s attention.

Lil Wayne started it off with a performance before Pat McAfee took the stage for the opening monologue. McAfee gave Damar Hamlin—who was in attendance—a shoutout, highlighted some of the champions who were there and unleashed some jokes:

Here is a look at the 2023 winners. The full list of nominees and winners can be found here.


2023 ESPYs Winners

  • Best Team: Kansas City Chiefs
  • Best Athlete, Women’s Sports: Mikaela Shiffrin, Skiing
  • Best Athlete, Men’s Sports: Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
  • Best Breakthrough Athlete: Angel Reese, LSU
  • Best Record-Breaking Performance: LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers
  • Best Championship Performance: Lionel Messi, Argentina men’s soccer
  • Best Comeback Athlete: Jamal Murray, Denver Nuggets
  • Best Play: Justin Jefferson’s catch vs. Buffalo Bills
  • Best NFL Player: Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
  • Best NBA Player: Nikola Jokić, Denver Nuggets 
  • Best WNBA Player: A’ja Wilson, Las Vegas Aces
  • Best UFC Fighter: Jon Jones
  • Best Boxer: Claressa Shields
  • Best College Athlete, Men’s Sports: Caleb Williams, USC
  • Best College Athlete, Women’s Sports: Caitlin Clark, Iowa
  • Best Athlete with a Disability: Zach Miller, Snowboarding
  • Best MLB Player: Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels
  • Best NHL Player: Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers
  • Best Driver: Max Verstappen, F1
  • Best Soccer Player: Lionel Messi, Argentina/PSG
  • Best Golfer: Scottie Scheffler
  • Best Tennis Player: Novak Djokovic

Special Accolade Winners

  • Arthur Ashe Award for Courage: U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team
  • Jimmy V Award for Perseverance: Liam Hendriks, Chicago White Sox 
  • Pat Tillman Award for Service: Buffalo Bills training staff
  • Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award: Jrue and Lauren Holiday

Top Moments and Reaction

There may not have been a formal host, but the ESPYs wasted little time capturing the audience’s attention.

Lil Wayne started it off with a performance before Pat McAfee took the stage for the opening monologue. McAfee gave Damar Hamlin—who was in attendance—a shoutout, highlighted some of the champions who were there and unleashed some jokes:

In addition to the USWNT and Hendriks, the Pat Tillman Award for Service went to the Bills training staff for their efforts in the immediate aftermath of Hamlin’s collapse during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Hamlin went into cardiac arrest and needed to be revived on the field.

Hamlin introduced the staff in an emotional scene.

In terms of the most notable individual awards, Mikaela Shiffrin and Patrick Mahomes took home the best athletes in women’s and men’s sports. Shiffrin set the record for the most World Cup victories with 87, while Mahomes led the Kansas City Chiefs to the Super Bowl title as the 2022 NFL MVP.

Unsurprisingly, Lionel Messi won the best championship moment for his performance in the World Cup, while LeBron James joined his fellow member of sports royalty as the winner of the best record-breaking performance for setting the NBA’s all-time scoring record.

Savannah James, who is LeBron’s wife, introduced him alongside their children while calling him the GOAT.

There was a moment during LeBron’s speech where it seemed like he might announce his retirement as he reflected on his career, but he said he isn’t ready to walk away just yet.

Basketball remained in the spotlight with Angel Reese winning best breakthrough athlete and ending her speech by saying, “Another natty is coming, period.”

That title may be coming, but her LSU Tigers were not victorious in the night’s final award.

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