Patrick Mahomes Acknowledges His 'Ups' and 'Downs' as He Wins Big at 2023 ESPY Awards

The two-time Super Bowl winner thanks his family, teammates and coaches as he picks up the Best Athlete in Men's Sports accolade and the Best NFL Player prize.

AceShowbiz - Patrick Mahomes was among the big winners at the 2023 ESPY Awards. The 27-year-old American footballer picked up the Best Athlete in Men's Sports accolade and the Best NFL Player prize at the ceremony at Los Angeles' Dolby Theatre on Wednesday, July 12, and he thanked his teammates and coaches for "making [him] look good" during the NFL season, in which he led the Kansas City Chiefs to another Super Bowl win.

Upon accepting the Best Athlete prize, Mahomes, who has daughter Sterling, two, and seven-month-old son Patrick, whom he calls Bronze, with his wife Brittany, told the ESPYs crowd, "It was an incredible season, many ups, many downs. I have to thank my teammates, my coaches, basically just making me look good. I'm the quarterback, I just throw the ball and they make it all work. I appreciate my teammates, my coaches, the guys that are here. I have to thank my family; Brittany, Bronze and Sterling. I'm glad that all that hard work is paying off. They're making me the guy that I am, the man that I am, so I want to thank them. And finally, Chiefs Kingdom. Chiefs Kingdom, I truly believe, is the best fan base in the world. We're going to do this thing again, we're going to keep this thing rolling. I appreciate all y'all."

Two-time Super Bowl winner Mahomes was also celebrating when the Chiefs won the Best Team gong at the ESPYs. Soccer star Lionel Messi was also a big winner on the night, winning the Best Championship Performance prize, for inspiring Argentina to World Cup glory last year, and he also scooped the Best Soccer Player accolade.

Ski star Mikaela Shiffrin was named the Best Athlete in Women's Sports, and Denver Nuggets star Nikola Jokic landed the Best NBA Player award. Other big winners included Scottie Scheffler taking home the Best Golfer prize, and Novak Djokovic, who is currently competing to win his eighth Wimbledon title, won Best Tennis Player.

2023 ESPY Awards Winners:

  • Best Athlete, Men's Sports: Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
  • Best Athlete, Women's Sports: Mikaela Shiffrin, Ski
  • Best Breakthrough Athlete: Angel Reese, LSU Women's Basketball
  • Best Record-Breaking Performance: LeBron James surpasses Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for NBA career scoring record
  • Best Championship Performance: Lionel Messi, Argentina - World Cup Final
  • Best Comeback Athlete: Jamal Murray, Denver Nuggets
  • Best Play: Justin Jefferson with the Catch of the Century
  • Best Team: Kansas City Chiefs
  • Best College Athlete, Men's Sports: Caleb Williams, USC Football
  • Best College Athlete, Women' Sports: Caitlin Clark, Iowa Women's Basketball
  • Best Athlete with a Disability: Zach Miller, Snowboarding
  • Best NFL Player: Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
  • Best MLB Player: Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels
  • Best NHL Player: Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers
  • Best NBA Player: Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets
  • Best WNBA Player: A'ja Wilson, Las Vegas Aces
  • Best Driver: Max Verstappen, F1
  • Best UFC Fighter: Jon Jones
  • Best Boxer: Claressa Shields
  • Best Soccer Player: Lionel Messi, Argentina/PSG
  • Best Golfer: Scottie Scheffler
  • Best Tennis Player: Novak Djokovic

Special Awards

  • Jimmy V Award for Perseverance: Liam Hendriks
  • Arthur Ashe Award for Courage: U.S. Women's National Soccer Team
  • Pat Tillman Award for Service: Buffalo Bills Training Staff

Sports Humanitarian Awards

  • Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award: Jrue Holiday (Milwaukee Bucks) and Lauren Holiday (retired U.S. Women's National Team)
  • Billie Jean King Youth Leadership Award: Jordan Adeyemi, Ashley Badis, Rishan Patel
  • Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year: San Antonio Spurs
  • Stuart Scott ENSPIRE Award: Dr. Richard Lapchick

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