ESPY Awards 2008 Red Carpet Photos

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The ESPY Awards were held last night at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. The sports award event was created and broadcast by cable network ESPN, who honors, on a yearly basis, excellence in sports performance.

Styled like the Grammy, Emmy and Academy Awards events, the ESPY's are hosted by a contemporary celebrity. This year Justin Timberlake took center stage to host the program. Winners were chosen by online fan balloting from a list selected by the ESPY Nominating Committee.

Tiger Woods won Best Male Athlete (5th time), Best Golfer (4th time), and Best Championship Performance for his recent U.S. Open win.

Retired NFL Green Bay Packer quarterback Brett Favre won Best Record Breaking Performance award. In accepting his award he quipped to Timberlake with a grin, "watchin that makes me want to play again".

Favre sat for a two part interview on FOX with Greta Van Susteren, stating that he felt pushed into his decision to retire in March of 2008. He wants to come back in his old role as Packer starting QB but the team has moved on according to the head office. They have offered him the backup position - and he's not amused. He reportedly is tempted to disrupt their upcoming training camp by reporting for duty.

Timberlake got a huge audience laugh when he went into the audience and hugged new Green Bay starting QB Aaron Rodgers, 2005 first round draft choice. Favre, sitting nearby, hung his head with a slight smile on his face.

The event will be televised by ESPN on July 20th at 9:00 p.m. eastern time.

Check out Danica Patrick, Annika Sorenstam, Michelle Kwan, Brittny Gastineau, Kate Walsh, Bruce Jenner, Kourtney Kardashian, Kendra Wilkinson, David Beckham, Victoria Beckham, and other athletes below.

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Photos: WENN