ESPY Awards’ class of 2018 superlatives: Ciara, Russell Wilson and Nick Young

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Sports is all about the now and next. Fans want to know which teams and players are in control today and who will seize power in the near future.

Each year, the ESPYs pay homage to the world of sports by honoring the legends of the past and present with awards such as the Best Breakthrough Athlete; Best Play; and Best Moment.

Rolling out was on hand as Utah Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell (Best Breakthrough Athlete); Olympic gold medal-winning snowboarder Chloe Kim (Best Female Athlete); and Alex Ovechkin (Best Male Athlete) were the top winners of this year’s ceremony.

To make things a bit more interesting, we have decided to hand out our own awards, high school style. Here are the ESPYs’ class of 2018 superlatives.

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Athlete most likely to lose his woman to a social media star: Russell Wilson

Let’s be honest, Russell Wilson has it all. He’s a star quarterback, he has won a Super Bowl ring, and Ciara is the love of his life. However, Wilson was caught by surprise when social media star Shiggy playfully pushed Wilson out of the way to get a solo photo with Ciara. The video of the snub has since gone viral.

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Athlete most likely to be a Marvel Comics character: Jalen Mills, aka Green Goblin

Jalen Mills is known for his brash play on the football field as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles. However, Mills is also a guy who embraces his uniqueness. Mills, also known as Green Goblin, sported his trademark green hair at the ESPYs. We shouldn’t be surprised if his likeness is used as a hero or villain in a comic book one day.

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Athlete most likely to enjoy the off-season a little bit too much: Nick Young

Who can be mad at Nick Young for living his best life? The player known as “Swaggy P” has made a name for himself as a jokester in the NBA who always enjoys the limelight. After winning a championship with the mighty Golden State Warriors, it’s likely that Young is in the midst of a three-month celebration of that victory. Let’s just hope Swaggy P doesn’t enjoy himself too much between now and the start of the 2018-19 NBA season.

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Athlete most likely to be the next Serena Williams of her sport: Troy Mullins

If you don’t know Troy Mullins, be sure to do some research on this woman who could be the next megastar in golf. Mullins, 25, won the 2017 World Long Drive Mile High Showdown with a winning drive of 374 yards. She is currently being mentored by Tiger Woods and has hopes of joining the LPGA.

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A.R. Shaw
A.R. Shaw

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Follow his journey on Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.

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