#TBT: Host Dennis Miller and the first ESPYS monologue

Five-time NFL MVP and two-time Super Bowl champion Peyton Manning hosts The 25th ESPYS (Wednesday, July 12, 8 p.m. ET, ABC).

Manning will join a long line of hosts – including 2016 emcee John Cena, who thanked Manning for the former NFL star’s counsel on approaching “a nervous venture” – who have handled quarterbacking the evening celebrating the best moments from the year in sports.

As ESPN NFL analyst and former Manning teammate Jeff Saturday says, Manning will tackle this assignment in inimitable style.

But when the ESPYS began on March 4, 1993 as the inaugural American Sports Awards, comedian Dennis Miller served as the host from New York’s Madison Square Garden. For Throwback Thursday (#TBT), Front Row shares Miller’s opening monologue that serves as a quick, comical take on the sports and pop culture news of the day.

Also, in the gallery below, here is a sampling of some of the other people who have served as host of the ESPYS through the years.

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