alabama national championship

Your 2017 college football national champions, the Clemson Tigers!

Clemson was the better team — on both sides of the ball. And while they say defense wins championship, having arguably the best quarterback in college football on your side helps, too. Over and over, Deshaun Watson put Clemson on his back and willed his team to stay in this game. Watson was battered, bruised and exhausted by the game’s final whistle, but it was all worth it. A year after falling just short of a national championship, Watson got to be the one covered in confetti with a trophy to raise.

Lease's ESPY Picks

BEST MALE ATHLETE
Kris Bryant, MLB
Sidney Crosby, Stanley Cup Finals
Michael Phelps, Swimming
Russell Westbrook, NBA 🏆

BEST FEMALE ATHLETE
Simone Biles, Gymnastics🏆
Katie Ledecky, Swimming
Candace Parker, WNBA
Serena Williams, Tennis

BEST CHAMPIONSHIP PERFORMANCE
Tom Brady, Super Bowl
Kevin Durant, NBA Finals🏆
Shay Knighten, WCWS
Deshaun Watson, CFB National Championship

BEST BREAKTHROUGH ATHLETE
Giannis Antetokounmpo, NBA
Laurie Hernandez, Gymnastics
Aaron Judge, MLB
Dak Prescott, NFL🏆
Christian Pulisic, Soccer

BEST RECORD-BREAKING PERFORMANCE
Bill Belichick most Super Bowl wins by a head coach
Michael Phelps extends his own record of most gold medals/most Olympic medals🏆
Diana Taurasi breaks WNBA career scoring record
Russell Westbrook most triple doubles in a season

BEST UPSET
Clemson defeats Alabama, CFB National Championship
Denis Istomin over Novak Djokovic, Australian Open 2nd Round
Mississippi State defeats Connecticut, Women’s NCAA Basketball Final Four🏆

BEST GAME
Cubs vs. Indians, World Series Game 7
Patriots vs. Falcons, Super Bowl🏆
Federer vs. Nadal, Australian Open Final

BEST COMEBACK ATHLETE
Matt Bush, MLB
Roger Federer, Tennis
Jordy Nelson, NFL🏆
Candace Parker, WNBA

BEST PLAY (16 NOMINEES VOTED BRACKET-STYLE)

Julian Edelman Super Bowl catch vs. 16. Noah Brown TD catch around defender
Morgan Williams buzzer beater vs. UConn vs.15. Larry Nance dunk
Aaron Rodgers to Jared Cook🏆 vs. 14. Lamar Jackson hurdles defender
Northwestern buzzer beater vs. 13. Edwin Encarnacion walk off HR
Russell Westbrook buzzer beater vs. 12. LeBron James dunk off the backboard
Chris Coghlan leaps over catcher vs. 11. Sidney Crosby one-handed goal
Olivier Giroud scorpion kick goa l vs. 10. Warriors jump ball transition dunk
Mario Mandzukic goal in UEFA Final vs. 9. Jarrod Dyson catch

BEST TEAM
Chicago Cubs, MLB
Clemson Tigers, CFB
Golden State Warriors, NBA🏆
Pittsburgh Penguins, NHL
New England Patriots, NFL
South Carolina Gamecocks, Women’s NCAA Basketball
US Women’s Gymnastics

BEST INTERNATIONAL ATHLETE
Canelo Alvarez, Boxing
Usain Bolt, Track & Field🏆
Katinka Hosszu, Swimming
Conor McGregor, MMA
Cristiano Ronaldo, Soccer

BEST NFL PLAYER
Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys
Khalil Mack, Oakland Raiders
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers🏆
Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons

BEST MLB PLAYER
Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs
David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox
Rick Porcello, Boston Red Sox
Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals
Mike Trout, LA Angels🏆

BEST NBA PLAYER
Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors
James Harden, Houston Rockets
LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers🏆
Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs
Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder

BEST FIGHTER
Terence Crawford, Boxing
Gennady Golovkin, Boxing
Demetrious Johnson, MMA🏆
Conor McGregor, MMA
Andre Ward, Boxing

BEST FEMALE TENNIS PLAYER
Angelique Kerber
Jelena Ostapenko
Monica Puig
Serena Williams🏆

BEST MALE US OLYMPIC ATHLETE
Ashton Eaton, Decathlon
Ryan Murphy, Swimming
Michael Phelps, Swimming🏆
Kyle Snyder, Wrestling

BEST FEMALE US OLYMPIC ATHLETE
Simone Biles, Gymnastics🏆
Allyson Felix, Track & Field
Katie Ledecky, Swimming
Simone Manuel, Swimming