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Thomas family accepts ESPY

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LOS ANGELES, CA (KWWL) -- Wednesday night the family of Ed Thomas accepted the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage at ESPN's ESPY Awards.

The prestigious award is given each year to someone whose contributions transcend the world of sports. Past winners include Muhammad Ali and Nelson Mandela.

Aaron Thomas spoke on behalf of the family after receiving the award, saying he hopes his father's legacy lives on through all of the lives Ed touched.

"The example he set, the standard he set of how to live your life strictly by doing what's right -- that's the legacy we hope to continue of our father," Aaron Thomas said.

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