The sports world’s biggest stars gathered at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles for the 2016 ESPY Awards on Wednesday.
Among the attendees were Richard Sherman, Laila Ali, Lebron James, Dwyane Wade and Kobe Bryant. With the Rams set to claim the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum as home in six weeks, the several athletes shared their thoughts on the big shift.
“I think the Rams returning will be good for the league,” said Super Bowl champion Chris Harris of the Denver Broncos. “I think the people out here have been starving for a team and I can’t wait to come back here to play.”
The Rams’ return will mark the end of the NFL’s 21-year, self-imposed exile of Los Angeles. It will also be the team’s first time playing at the stadium since 1979.
“It’s going to be great for the players, said Michael Thomas, New Orlean Saints wide receiver. “Their platforms are going to be elevated and I don’t think they are going to be worried about being overshadowed by Hollywood or NBA teams.”
There was also no shortage of support for Bryant and Peyton Manning, who are both receiving the Icon Award with Abby Wambach.
It’s the first time in ESPY history that three athletes are being honored with the award.
“When you look at guys like that you can’t do nothing but have the utmost respect,” said Trai Turner, Carolina Panthers Guard. “I couldn’t be happier for Peyton and who doesn’t love Kobe?”
Manning’s former teammate Harris said, “I’m proud of everything he’s done for our team and he’s always been a great guy. It’s good to see him win.”