WWE Superstar, actor, former ESPYs host and rapper John Cena can now add Sports Illustrated Muhammad Ali Legacy Award honoree to his lengthy resume after receiving the award Tuesday night. In the midst of his press tour for “Bumblebee,” Cena celebrated his philanthropic work with the Make-A-Wish foundation at the event hosted by Joel McHale at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. Cena told TheWrap that he’s flattered that WWE wrestlers are now seen as real athletes and sports personalities, not simply entertainers. But don’t worry WWE fans, when he’s done causing a buzz in Hollywood with the “Transformers” prequel, Cena will be back in the ring Dec. 26 at Madison Square Garden.
Boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard (center, with Akbar Gbaja-Biamila and Aaron Donald) later took to the stage to remember his late friend, who he described as the sports worlds’ first true humanitarian.
“Blockers” co-star Ike Barinholtz presented Cena with his award and even dared to swap a few jabs at him during the ceremony.
LA Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald received the Performer of the Year Award during his quest to reach Super Bowl LIII.
Host Joel McHale was running late but brought his A-game.
New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara was named Breakout of the Year.
Teen swimmer Leah Hayes was crowned SportsKid of the Year for embracing her baldness after losing her hair to alopecia.
FS1’s “Fair Game” host Kristine Leahy.
Sports Illustrated model Camille Kostek took on red carpet hosting duties after recently returning from an SI trip to Kangaroo Island in Australia.