Best Breakthrough Athlete ESPY Award

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The Best Breakthrough Athlete ESPY Award has been presented annually since 1993 to the sportsperson, irrespective of nationality, gender, or sport contested, adjudged to have made the greatest breakthrough in a major international individual sport or North American professional team sport. The award is typically given to a sportsperson in his or her rookie season at a given level but may be won by any athlete who in a given year improves his or her performance dramatically or otherwise becomes well-recognized.

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[edit]

Year Sportsperson Nationality Team Competition,
federation,
or league
Sport
1993 Gary Sheffield  United States San Diego Padres Major League Baseball Baseball
1994 Mike Piazza  United States Los Angeles Dodgers Major League Baseball Baseball
1995 Jeff Bagwell  United States Houston Astros Major League Baseball Baseball
1996 Hideo Nomo  Japan Los Angeles Dodgers Major League Baseball Baseball
1997 Tiger Woods  United States not applicable PGA Tour Golf
1998 Nomar Garciaparra  United States Boston Red Sox Major League Baseball Baseball
1999 Randy Moss  United States Minnesota Vikings National Football League American football
2000 Kurt Warner  United States St. Louis Rams National Football League American football
2001 Daunte Culpepper  United States Minnesota Vikings National Football League American football
2002 Tom Brady  United States New England Patriots National Football League American football
2003 Alfonso Soriano  Dominican Republic New York Yankees Major League Baseball Baseball
2004 LeBron James  United States Cleveland Cavaliers National Basketball Association Basketball
2005 Dwyane Wade  United States Miami Heat National Basketball Association Basketball
2006 Chris Paul  United States New Orleans Hornets National Basketball Association Basketball
2007 Devin Hester  United States Chicago Bears National Football League American football
2008 Adrian Peterson  United States Minnesota Vikings National Football League American football
2009 Matt Ryan  United States Atlanta Falcons National Football League American football
2010 Chris Johnson  United States Tennessee Titans National Football League American football
2011 Blake Griffin  United States Los Angeles Clippers National Basketball Association Basketball
2012 Jeremy Lin  United States New York Knicks National Basketball Association Basketball
2013 Colin Kaepernick  United States San Francisco 49ers National Football League American football
2014 Richard Sherman  United States Seattle Seahawks National Football League American football

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  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.

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