Chiefs Win Three Awards at the ESPYS, Including “Best Team”

The Chiefs won three awards at the ESPYS on Wednesday night

By Matt McMullen –

The Kansas City Chiefs were recognized with three awards at the annual ESPYS on Wednesday night as the defending Super Bowl champions continued what has been an offseason to remember.

The Chiefs – who won all three categories in which they were nominated – earned the nod for “Best Team” while quarterback Patrick Mahomes was recognized as “Best Athlete, Men’s Sports” and “Best NFL Player.”

Kansas City won “Best Team” honors over the Denver Nuggets (NBA), the Georgia Bulldogs (college football), the Las Vegas Aces (WNBA), the LSU Tigers (women’s college basketball), the Oklahoma Sooners (college softball) and the Vegas Golden Knights (NHL).

Mahomes, meanwhile, continued his sweep of the 2022-23 awards circuit by beating out Nikola Jokic (Denver Nuggets, NBA), Aaron Judge (New York Yankees, MLB) and Lionel Messi (Argentina, soccer) for “Best Athlete, Men’s Sports” recognition. The reigning NFL and Super Bowl MVP also bested defensive end Nick Bosa (San Francisco), quarterback Jalen Hurts (Philadelphia) and wide receiver Justin Jefferson (Minnesota) to win the “Best NFL Player” award.

The ESPYS – which stands for “Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly” – have recognized the top athletes and individuals in the world of sports since 1993. This marked the first time that Kansas City earned “Best Team” honors, which is one of the event’s most prestigious awards.

The Chiefs have collectively earned their fair share of hardware in recent months, and with training camp right around the corner, they’ll look to win even more this upcoming season.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.


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