Tom Brady named Best Male Athlete at 2021 ESPY Awards

By , Audacy

Tom Brady just keeps winning.

The 43-year-old quarterback led the Tampa Bay Bucs to the Super Bowl this year, winning his seventh Lombardi Trophy, but he is not done collecting the hardware.

On Saturday, Brady was named the Best Male Athlete at the 2021 ESPY Awards, which was being held at The Rooftop at Pier 17 in New York City.

Brady’s teammate, Rob Gronkowski, accepted the award on his behalf, joking, “what a surprise he couldn’t show up,” but the quarterback also had a pre-recorded message that played after the announcement.

“I hope you guys are enjoying yourselves in New York,” he said, according to “I certainly wish I could be there with you guys and all my teammates to celebrate … I love football and that it’s a team sport and that our team won the Super Bowl.”

Brady edged out Edmonton Oilers’ Conor McDavid, Denver Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic and Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton.

The Best Female Athlete award went to Naomi Osaka, who recently withdrew from the French Open and Wimbledon due to mental health concerns.

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