Thursday Afterschool Special: Awards Season

ESPN's annual awards show was last night, and it featured social activism, emotional speeches, and some laughs. The event began with Chris Paul, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Carmelo Anthony speaking about athletes' roles in the Black Lives Matter movement. It ended with Breanna Stewart advocating for equal rights for female athletes. In between, host John Cena cracked jokes, and Eric Berry and Craig Sager were honored for their fights against cancer.

Here's one of the funnier bits:

(If you're not familiar with the context, get educated here.)

The ESPYs also honored some of the alltime great athletes who retired or passed away this year. The list included Peyton Manning, Abby Wambach and Kobe Bryant (who shared the Icon Award), and late legends Muhammad Ali and Pat Summit. In that vein, here are some of the best send-offs in sports history.

Here's Boban Marjanovic's introduction before photoshop:

And after photoshop:

(Photo credit: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)

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