Best Record-Breaking Performance ESPY Award

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The Best Record-Breaking Performance ESPY Award since 2001 to the amateur or professional sportsperson, irrespective of nationality or sport contested, adjudged to have, in a single play, game, or season, completed the best record-breaking (and -setting) performance, irrespective of the nature of the record broken.

Between 2001 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 undertaken exclusively by fans over the Internet from amongst choices nominated 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 of award Athlete Nation of citizenship Team Competition, governing body, or league Sport Record set Previous record-holder
2001 Pete Sampras  United States not applicable ATP Tour Tennis Total career men's singles Grand Slam titles (13). This record has since been surpassed by Roger Federer. Australian Roy Emerson (12)
2002 Tiger Woods  United States not applicable PGA Tour Golf Consecutive men's major championships won (Four—the 2000 U.S. Open, The Open Championship, and PGA Championship and the 2001 Masters Tournament [known as the consecutive Grand Slam]) American Ben Hogan (Three, in 1953)
2003 Emmitt Smith  United States Dallas Cowboys National Football League (NFL) American football Total career NFL rushing yards (17,162 at the close of the league's 2002 season, with 975 tallied therein) American Walter Payton (16,726, across the 13 seasons between 1975 and 1987, inclusive)
2004 Éric Gagné  Canada Los Angeles Dodgers Major League Baseball (MLB) Baseball Consecutive saves converted in a single MLB regular season (55 across the league's 2003 season) American Tom Gordon (46, in 1998)
2005 Peyton Manning  United States Indianapolis Colts National Football League (NFL) American football Total single-season NFL passing touchdowns (49 in the league's 2004 season) American Dan Marino (48 in the 1984 season)
2006 Shaun Alexander  United States Seattle Seahawks National Football League (NFL) American football Total single-season NFL rushing touchdowns (27 in the league's 2005 season) American Priest Holmes (23, in 2003)
2007 LaDainian Tomlinson  United States San Diego Chargers National Football League (NFL) American football Total single-season NFL rushing touchdowns (28 in the league's 2006 season) American Shaun Alexander (27, in 2005)
2008 Brett Favre  United States Green Bay Packers National Football League (NFL) American football Total career NFL passing touchdowns (442 at the close of the 2007 season, with 28 tallied therein) American Dan Marino (420, across the 17 seasons between 1983 and 1999, inclusive)
2009 Michael Phelps  United States Not applicable Olympic Games Swimming Total gold medals achieved at a single Games of the Olympiad (Eight in the 2008 Summer Olympics) American Mark Spitz (Seven, at the 1972 Summer Olympics)
2010 John Isner vs. Nicolas Mahut  United States and  France Not applicable Wimbledon Tennis Longest match in tennis history, lasting 11 hours, 5 minutes; Isner defeated Mahut 70-68 in the fifth set of the 1st round match. Fabrice Santoro vs. Arnaud Clément 4th round match at the 2004 French Open lasting 6 hours, 33 minutes.
2011 Rory McIlroy  Northern Ireland Not applicable U.S. Open Golf In winning the U.S. Open, McIlroy broke tournament records for the lowest 72-hole score, both in total strokes (268) and in relation to par (−16). 72-hole score (272): Jim Furyk, 2003; Tiger Woods, 2000; Lee Janzen, 1993; Jack Nicklaus, 1980.
To-par (−12): Woods, 2000.
2012 Drew Brees  United States New Orleans Saints National Football League (NFL) American Football Brees threw for 5,476 yards in 2011-12, breaking the NFL single-season record. Dan Marino (5,084 yards in 1984)

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  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.