LOS ANGELES -- The Seattle Seahawks won the ESPY for Best Team on Wednesday night at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.
But that wasn't the team's only win.
Cornerback Richard Sherman became the first Seahawk to win an ESPY award. Sherman was named "Best Breakout Athlete."
“I appreciate the award. I appreciate being nominated. A lot of hard work, obviously, with the Legion of Boom,” Sherman said after accepting the award from actress Cameron Diaz.
A writer for Seahawks.com says Sherman's breakthrough year was actually 2012:
But Sherman as “Breakthrough” athlete? His breakthrough season came in 2012 when he also had eight interceptions and also was voted All-Pro – matching his total and honors from 2013. It’s just that the Seahawks won the Super Bowl, and Sherman became a national celebrity who received shout outs from President Barack Obama during the team’s visit to the White House in May as well as at the White House Correspondents Dinner.
Regardless, 2013 was a pretty good year.
Coach Pete Carroll and quarterback Russell Wilson were also nominated for awards.