In honor of the 2011 ESPY Awards, let’s take a look back at the Denver Broncos players and other local sports figures that have represented Colorado at the ESPY’s in years past. The ESPY’s have been a mainstay on the ESPN Network since 1993, and Denver area athletes raked in the awards from 1995 to 1999. Unfortunately, they have not won one since (unless you count the 2 awards won by Tim Tebow when he played at the University of Florida). Well, here’s to hoping that more local athletes and teams win a lot more ESPY’s in the years to come!
Not surprisingly, the Broncos ESPY wins came from the best years in franchise history. During the 1998 awards, the Broncos dramatic victory in Super Bowl XXXII was named Game of the Year. The award for Best Team in 1998 also went to the Broncos, and Terrell Davis won for Outstanding Performance Under Pressure for his effort in the Super Bowl. In 1999, Davis won another ESPY for Best NFL Player.
Several other Denver area athletes have also taken home an ESPY award. In 1995, the University of Colorado’s Rashaan Salaam won for Best College Football Player, and the Hail Mary play from Kordell Stewart to Michael Westbrook that gave CU a dramatic win over Michigan won for College Football Play of the Year. Colorado State University’s Amy Van Dyken won for Female Athlete of the year in 1996 after her epic performance in the Summer Olympics. Joe Sakic of the Colorado Avalanche won for Best NHL Player in 1997, and Larry Walker of the Colorado Rockies won for Best MLB Player in 1998.
So which Denver Athlete do you think will bring home the next ESPY?
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