Chargers ESPY Award: Best Male Athlete
Nominees: Melvin Ingram, Austin Ekeler, Philip Rivers, Derwin James
Winner: Derwin James
Derwin James with the interception! pic.twitter.com/dVtwMZoLyr
— Ian Wharton (@NFLFilmStudy) September 23, 2018
No one on defense had a bigger impact with the Chargers than Derwin James did last year.
Whether it be by tackles, interceptions, or sacks, James had a hand in seemingly almost every play. With his off-the-charts instincts, No. 33 was able to have one of the most impactful rookie seasons in recent Chargers history.
Chargers ESPY Award: Best Game
Nominees: Win in Kansas City, Win in Pittsburgh, Win in Baltimore, Win in Seattle
Winner: Chargers win in Kansas City
Again, this was the obvious choice.
The Chargers featured another three victories that may have been the game of the year in any other season. The wins in Pittsburgh, Seattle, and Baltimore were all significant historical moments for the franchise, but none could top how important this game was to the Chargers and their fans.
Chargers ESPY Award: Best NFL Player
Nominees: Philip Rivers, Joey Bosa, Derwin James, Keenan Allen
Winner: Philip Rivers
— NFL (@NFL) September 17, 2018
Philip Rivers turned in one of the best seasons of his entire career, leading the franchise to a fantastic 12-4 record in 2018. As a leader, Rivers helped his team overcome deficits in Pittsburgh and Kansas City, two of the most difficult games of last season. Whether it be in Baltimore, Seattle, or even London, No. 17 found ways to help his team win by becoming a more efficient passer in a powerful offense. If not for a disastrous performance by his offensive line in the Divisional Round, Rivers may have finally reached the Super Bowl for the first time in his career. Fans can only hope he gets a similar shot this season.