Fallon Mercedes hits the red carpet to talk to fellow UMass graduate Victor Cruz about the Newtown Tragedy and what is his favorite end zone celebration at the 3rd Annual Hall of Game Awards.
At their third annual Hall of Game Awards on Saturday night, Cartoon Network counted the votes from the fans and awarded sports superstars and icons with the coveted GAME Award during a fun-filled evening which also included a special tribute to the stars of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games and Super Bowl champions the Baltimore Ravens.
Hosted by basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal and the multi-talented executive producer of Cartoon Network’s Incredible Crew Nick Cannon, the Hall of Game Awards was a high-energy evening that included a performance by the U.K.’s hottest pop band, The Wanted (“All Time Low” and “Glad You Came”) to an all-star audience including: Snoop Dogg aka Snoop Lion, NFL stars Colin Kaepernick (San Francisco 49ers), Jacoby Jones (Baltimore Ravens), Bryant McKinnie (Baltimore Ravens), Jimmy Smith (Baltimore Ravens), JJ Watt (Houston Texans), Victor Cruz (New York Giants), David Price (Tampa Bay Rays), Swin Cash (Chicago Sky), Tamika Catchings (Indiana Fever) and Chris Johnson (Tennessee Titans), actors Dominic Monaghan (The Lord of The Rings trilogy), Rico Rodriguez (Modern Family), Raini Rodriguez (Austin & Ally), Jeff Probst (Survivor), Laura Marano (Austin & Ally), Bridgit Mendler (Good Luck Charlie) Lucas Cruikshank (Fred); the casts of Big Time Rush (James Maslow, Carlos Pena, Jr. & Kendall Schmidt), Incredible Crew (Shauna Case, Shameik Moore, Tristan Pasterick, Chanelle Peloso, Jeremy Shada, and Brandon Soo Hoo) and Level Up (Gaelan Connell, Connor del Rio, Jessie T. Usher, Aimee Carrero), Toby Turner (Annoying Orange) and Olympic superstars, Kerri Walsh Jennings, Allyson Felix, Ryan Lochte, Conor Dwyer, Nathan Adrian, Carmelita Jeter, Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and Jordyn Wieber.
Actress, Jessica Alba (Fantastic Four) presented the “2012 SI KIDS SPORTSKIDS OF THE YEAR” award to Cayden and Conner Long, who have inspired people with their story of brotherly love as they compete across the country as a team in multiple races and triathlons even though Cayden was born with cerebral palsy.
The top GAME awards of the night went to “HE’S GOT GAME” winner LeBron James (Miami Heat) and “SHE’S GOT GAME” winner Gabby Douglas (Olympic gold medalist).
Victor Cruz (New York Giants) and hosts Shaquille O’Neal and Nick Cannon had a “Gangnam Style” dance off with “MOST AWESOME MASCOT” nominees before awarding Rocky (Denver Nuggets Mascot) for his smooth moves. The Olympic gold medal-winning U.S. women’s gymnastics team proved to be golden again taking home the coveted “WE GOT GAME” team award.
Other notable winners include 2013 Super Bowl Champions, Jacoby Jones, Bryant McKinnie and Jimmy Smith of the Baltimore Ravens being honored by Snoop Dogg aka Snoop Lion and Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer, Ryan Lochte taking home the award for “THAT’S HOW I ROLL.” Complete list of winners below.
The jam-packed night included performances by top freerunning group Team Tempest, competitive jump rope squad the Summerland Skippers, world-renowned percussion crew the Street Drum Corps and an epic dance number featuring hosts Shaquille O’Neal and Nick Cannon along with a slew of professional sports mascots.
And the winners are…
Nyjah Huston, Street League Skateboarding champion
Amped Up Anthem
Psy, “Gangnam Style”
Best Foes Forever
Duke Vs. UNC
Ray Lewis, Baltimore Ravens (NFL)
Eli Manning & Victor Cruz, New York Giants (NFL)
Oklahoma City Thunder (NBA)
Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins (NFL)
He’s Got Game
LeBron James, Miami Heat (NBA)
In It to Win It
David Price, Tampa Bay Rays (MLB)
Most Awesome Mascot
Rocky (mascot for Denver Nuggets (NBA)
Most Viral Player
Sam Gordon, football prodigy
She’s Got Game
Gabby Douglas, Olympic gymnast
Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos and Eli Manning, New York Giants (NFL)
That’s How I Roll
Ryan Lochte, Olympic swimmer
We Got Game
2012 U.S. Women’s Olympic Gymnastics Team
Mitchie Brusco, skateboarder
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