Now that he's retired, Armstrong said that maybe the bull's-eye will be on the next star's back.
In the meantime, he said he was excited to host the Academy Awards of sports.
This year, New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi, tennis player James Blake, and L.A. Lakers forward Ronny Turiaf are all nominated for Best Comeback Athlete of the Year.
During the off-season before the 2005 football season, Bruschi, a New England fan favorite, suffered a stroke. He later underwent surgery to repair a hole in his heart. Bruschi, a member of three Patriots' Super Bowl Championship teams, came back halfway through the season and made tackles and sacks with the same gusto he did before the stroke. He finished the season with 61 tackles, two sacks, and one forced fumble, earning the Co-NFL Comeback Player of The Year.
Armstrong said that Blake had fractured a vertebrae in his neck when he crashed into a tennis net. As a result, he endured partial facial paralysis and within five weeks of his accident, his father died. Blake entered the U.S. Open as a wild card and lost in the semifinals to Andre Agassi, a match that came down to a final tiebreaker. He will play at Wimbledon.
Turiaf underwent heart surgery last summer after a team doctor diagnosed him with an enlarged aortic root during a team physical after he was drafted following graduation from Gonzaga College. Initially, Turiaf was expected to miss the entire 2005-2006 season. However, he recovered quickly and just six months after his surgery, he began his rookie season.
The ESPY Awards are expected to air on July 16 at 9 p.m. E.T. Today is the beginning of the voting period when fans can vote on their favorite athletes. Voting lasts until midnight July 8.