It's Gritty's world, and we're just living in it. And he's got another trophy to prove it.
The Philadelphia Flyers mascot put on his best short suit for the 12th annual Sports Business Awards in New York on Wednesday and picked up the prize for Best in Sports Social Media. He edged out Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, Adidas' "Friday Night Stripes" high school football live streaming project, and the WWE.
The Sports Business Awards are presented by the Sports Business Journal to celebrate and recognize leaders in the business of sports, and Gritty certainly qualified after he burst onto the scene in September and rose to icon status, thanks in large part to his social media presence.
To accept his award, Gritty held a sign that referenced the series finale of HBO's "Game of Thrones" in which (spoiler alert) Queen Daenerys Targaryen is killed. His sign read, "Pour one out for my Dragon Queen."
Gritty's becoming a regular on the awards circuit. Just last week he picked up a Webby Award for "People's Voice Award for Social: Athletes and Sports Teams."