ESPY Awards: Peyton Manning Roasts as Host, Michelle Obama Promotes Inclusion

Variety | 7/12/2017 | Staff
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Some of biggest names in sports stepped out for the ESPY Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Wednesday. Among the attendees were Kevin Durant, Aaron Rodgers, Simone Biles, and Stephen Curry.

Former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning took the stage to host the 25th annual event. He opened the show praising the ESPYs for having a former athlete host for the first time, despite the fact that John Cena emceed last year.

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“John Cena is an athlete the same way Ryan Lochte is a reliable witness,” Manning joked of the professional wrestler and actor. “It’s just not an accurate statement.”

The evening was sprinkled with pre-recorded clips of Manning poking fun at himself, including him checking into a retirement home post-NFL retirement and hosting a Super Bowl LI party gone wrong.

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Jon Stewart made a rare television appearance to present U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Israel Del Toro with the Pat Tillman Award for Service for his perseverance and achievement both in military service and in his athletic endeavors.

“He found a way not just to survive against the odds, but to thrive,” Stewart said during the presentation. “D.T. is a damn miracle.”

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