Wednesday was one of the biggest nights in sports, and it should come as no surprise that America’s Sports Power Couple, Super Bowl Champion Zach Ertz and World Cup Champion Zach Ertz were on hand for the festivities.
Zach and Julie have been enjoying some hard-earned downtime together before Zach heads off to Philadelphia Eagles training camp next week. But they took a break from taking a break this week to head to Los Angeles for the ESPY awards. And both of them had plenty to look forward to at the annual event, which recognizes the best in sport.
Julie was one of the night’s top nominees, nominated for Best Female Athlete, while Zach was not only on hand as part of the World Champion Philadelphia Eagles, nominated for Best Team, he was also selected to help present the Capital One Cup to athletes from his alma mater, Stanford, which became the first college athletics program to win the Men’s and Women’s Capital One Cup in the same year.
Interviewed by ESPN’s Cassidy Hubbarth before the event, Zach said he and Julie were happy to be able to attend the event together during a break from their busy schedules/
“Every time we have a chance to be together, first and foremost, is an amazing time, because we spend so much time apart,” he said. “But just being together, being at an event like the ESPYs where you’re able to get all dressed up and have fun together [is great]. All morning everyone was kind of getting ready, which was a blast. Seeing her kind of hold me to a strict time schedule is not always the [easiest], but it’s fun. As an athlete, I’m used to being on those schedules. It’s an amazing time being down here, I love spending time with my wife and I hope she wins it today.”
Unfortunately, Julie was not selected as Female Athlete of the Year, an honor that went to U.S. Olympian Chloe Kim. In February, at the age of 17, Kim became the youngest woman to win an Olympic snowboarding medal when she won gold in the women’s snowboard halfpipe. Likewise, Zach’s Eagles came up short in their category, as Best Team went to the 2017 World Series Champion Houston Astros.
But the night wasn’t a total bummer as Zach’s presence alongside WNBA star and fellow Stanford alum Nneka Ogwumike to present the Capital One Cup to Stanford student-athletes Melissa Lord and Tomas Hilliard-Arce.
Stanford’s women completed the most recent school year with national championships in swimming, diving, soccer and tennis, while the men also won a national title in soccer. As a result of their success, Stanford was presented with $400,000 in student-athlete scholarships by Capital One and honored with the Capital One Cup.