Los Angeles –
Patrick Mahomes was honored at the ESPYS as the best male sports athlete, while skier Mikaela Shiffrin took home women’s sports honors Wednesday night.
The Kansas City Chiefs quarterback has won two Super Bowls in five seasons and has been named MVP of each game, including this past February. He will turn 28 in September.
“It’s been an incredible season, with a lot of ups and downs,” Mahomes said. “I want to thank my teammates, coaches and players for being here. I will be back in camp next Tuesday, so this is a great award. I will continue to work.” “
Shiffrin won his 87th World Cup in March, breaking the record for most wins by a skier set by Ingemar Stenmark. She won her 88th cup race and also won her season overall title.
“This season has been really great, and there’s been a lot of talk about records, and it made me think about why records actually matter,” Shiffrin said at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood. “I don’t feel it’s important to break records or break records. It’s important to set the tone for the next generation and inspire them.”
Sports talk host Pat McAfee delivered the opening monologue in his first major public appearance since joining ESPN in May.
The show, which celebrates the best sports moments and athletes of the past year, did not feature a celebrity host in the aftermath of the Hollywood writers’ strike. McAfee provided a series of hints that comedian Kevin Hart was slated to star, but Hart chose to support the Writers Guild of America instead.