Twitter Reacts To Peyton Manning, The ESPYS

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Who would’ve thought that former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning was full of jokes? Last night he hosted the 25th ESPYS Awards and Twitter went crazy over it.

Of course the awards show had to open up with something big and what other way to make social media buzz than a little jab at Kevin Durant?

And if you missed the full opening here is over 10 minutes of pure jokes:

And Twitter had a lot to say about that KD and Westbrook joke.


*Language discretion advised*

Don’t worry Manning got some jokes directed his way too.

While it was all fun and games at the start, The ESPYS did have some heartfelt moments. Like when John Cena presented Jarrius with the “Jimmy V Award for Perseverance” award.

It was a wonderful night for sports at The ESPYS. Here are the full results, per Bleacher Report:

Best Male Athlete: Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder

Best Female Athlete: Simone Biles, Gymnastics

Best Team: Golden State Warriors

Best Play: Aaron Rodgers’ Pass to Jared Cook vs. Dallas Cowboys

Best Championship Performance: Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors

Best Breakthrough Athlete: Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys

Best Record-Breaking Performance: Michael Phelps, 28 Career Olympic Medals

Best Upset: Mississippi State def. Connecticut, Women’s College Basketball

Best Game: New England Patriots def. Atlanta Falcons, Super Bowl LI

Best Moment: Chicago Cubs win 2016 World Series

Best NFL Player: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

Best Female U.S. Olympic Athlete: Simone Biles, Gymnastics

Best Coach: Bob Hurley Sr., St. Anthony High School

Best WNBA Player: Candace Parker, Los Angeles Sparks

Best Male College Athlete: Deshaun Watson, Clemson

Best Female College Athlete: Kelly Barnhill, Florida

Best Male Action Sports Athlete: Mark McMorris, Snowboarding

Best Female Action Sports Athlete: Anna Gasser, Snowboarding

Best Male U.S. Olympic Athlete: Michael Phelps, Swimming

Best Male Athlete with a Disability: Steve Serio, Wheelchair Basketball

Best Female Athlete with a Disability: Becca Meyers, Paralympic Swimming

Best Comeback Athlete: Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers

Best International Athlete: Usain Bolt, Runner

Best NBA Player: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers

Best MLB Player: Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels

Best NHL Player: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins

Best Driver: Lewis Hamilton, Formula One

Best Fighter: Demetrious Johnson, UFC

Best Male Golfer: Sergio Garcia

Best Female Golfer: Ariya Jutanugarn

Best Male Tennis Player: Roger Federer

Best Female Tennis Player: Serena Williams

Best MLS Player: David Villa, New York City FC

Best Jockey: John Velazquez

Best Bowler: Jason Belmonte

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Allison Leslie is a University of South Florida graduate with a bachelors degree in Mass Communications. She joined Genesis in 2016. With a passion for sports, Allison has interned with 620 WDAE, Pewter Report, Trifecta Team: St. Petersburg Bowl, Bullscast, and many other publications. Being a native to the Bay Area, she has followed and supported Tampa Bay teams her whole life.