Cardinals honored with three ESPY awards

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TEMPE - The following is a press release from the Arizona Cardinals:

The Arizona Cardinals were honored with three awards at the 17 th annual ESPYs on Wednesday night (July 15) at the NOKIA Theatre in Los Angeles.

QB Kurt Warner received the Land Rover "Icon" award given to the athlete who best represents the brand's Humanitarian Spirit. In addition, teammate Larry Fitzgerald was named "Best NFL Player" and Super Bowl XLIII between the Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers was selected as the year's "Best Game."

It is Warner's third career ESPY after being named "Best Breakthrough Athlete of the Year" and "Best NFL Player" in 2000. Fitzgerald is a first-time winner and other finalists for "Best NFL Player" included Warner, Indianapolis' Peyton Manning, Minnesota's Adrian Peterson and Pittsburgh's James Harrison.

The ESPYs will air this Sunday, July 19 at 6 p.m. Arizona time on ESPN/ESPN HD and the show is hosted by Samuel L. Jackson.

The event brings top celebrities from sports and entertainment gather to commemorate the past year in sports by recognizing major sports achievements, reliving unforgettable moments and saluting the leading performers and performances. The 2009 ESPYs recognize both sport-specific achievements, such as "Best MLB Player" and " Best WNBA Player," and best-in-sport winners, such as "Best Team" or "Best Female Athlete" that pit nominees from different sports against each other. The ESPYs honor ESPN's commitment to The V Foundation for Cancer Research, a partnership launched with the late Jim Valvano at the inaugural ESPYs in 1993.