Best Male Athlete ESPY Award

Best Male Athlete ESPY Award

The Best Male Athlete ESPY Award, known alternatively as the Outstanding Male Athlete ESPY Award, has been presented annually since 1993 to the male voted irrespective of nationality or sport contested, adjudged to be the best athlete in a given calendar year.

Between 1993 and 2004, the award voting panel comprised variously fans; sportswriters and broadcasters, sports executives, and retired sportspersons, termed collectively experts; and ESPN personalities, but balloting thereafter has been exclusively by fans over the Internet from amongst choices selected by the ESPN Select Nominating Committee.

Through the 2001 iteration of the ESPY Awards, ceremonies were conducted in February of each year to honor achievements over the previous calendar year; awards presented thereafter are conferred in June and reflect performance from the June previous.[1]


  • List of winners 1
  • Winners by sport contested 2
  • Winners by nation represented 3
  • See also 4
  • Notes 5
  • References 6

List of winners

Three athletes, American golfer Tiger Woods, American road cyclist Lance Armstrong, and American basketball player Lebron James, have won the award multiple times. Woods was honored in 1998 (jointly with Ken Griffey, Jr.), 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2008, Armstrong between 2003 and 2006 (inclusive), and James in 2012 and 2013.
Year Athlete Nation represented Sport
1993 Michael Jordan  United States Basketball
1994 Barry Bonds  United States Baseball
1995 Steve Young  United States American football
1996 Cal Ripken, Jr.  United States Baseball
1997 Michael Johnson  United States Track and field
1998 Tiger Woods  United States Golf
Ken Griffey, Jr.  United States Baseball
1999 Mark McGwire  United States Baseball
2000 Tiger Woods  United States Golf
2001 Tiger Woods  United States Golf
2002 Tiger Woods  United States Golf
2003 Lance Armstrong  United States Road cycling
2004 Lance Armstrong  United States Road cycling
2005 Lance Armstrong  United States Road cycling
2006 Lance Armstrong  United States Road cycling
2007 LaDainian Tomlinson  United States American football
2008 Tiger Woods  United States Golf
2009 Michael Phelps  United States Swimming
2010 Drew Brees  United States American football
2011 Dirk Nowitzki  Germany Basketball
2012 LeBron James  United States Basketball
2013 LeBron James  United States Basketball
2014 Kevin Durant  United States Basketball

Winners by sport contested

Sport contested Number of awards Individual winners
Golf 5[2] 1
Baseball 4[3] 4
Basketball 5 4
Road cycling 4 1
American football 3 3
Track and field 1 1
Swimming 1 1

Winners by nation represented

Nation represented Number of awards Individual winners
 United States 21[4] 14
 Germany 1 1

See also


  1. ^ Because of the rescheduling of the ESPY Awards ceremony, the award presented in 2002 was given in consideration of performance betwixt February 2001 and June 2002.
  2. ^ Includes Tiger Woods, who shared the 1998 award with American baseballer Ken Griffey, Jr..
  3. ^ Includes Ken Griffey, Jr., who shared the 1998 award with American golfer Tiger Woods.
  4. ^ Includes both winners from 1998, when Americans golfer Tiger Woods and baseballer Ken Griffey, Jr., garnered the award jointly.


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