The footballer paid tribute to Rebecca in his emotional acceptance speech at The Royal Festival Hall here, while also thanking his "beautiful" girlfriend Kate Wright, 26, for her support, reports dailymail.co.uk.
On the night, there were a few more surprises on the podium, including Netflix's first ever TV BAFTA for "The Crown", a win for "Love Island", which caused uproar among fans, and also a snub for David Attenborough, whose "Blue Planet II" show missed out on the top gong.
In the special, Ferdinand depicted the difficulties of being a single parent to his three children following the death of his beloved wife to cancer in 2015.
Fighting back tears, the retired sports star accepted the award by saying: "I'm normally quite used to picking up trophies. Thanks to BAFTA and all the other nominees, but also to BBC for believing in the project, all the guys at New Era, the management team, it's been quite a crazy whirlwind experience.
"I didn't do this for any other reason other than my three kids. The worst thing to come out of this is that I get quite emotional now. I'm not quite used to it."
Ferdinand gestured to his girlfriend Kate, who was looking on from the studio audience, and thanked her for her support.
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