32 Player Nominees for 2018 Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award Announced
The 32 player nominees for the fifth annual ART ROONEY SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD have been finalized, the NFL announced today. Each NFL team nominated one of its players for the award, which recognizes players around the league who exemplify outstanding sportsmanship on the field.
The award was created in 2014 in honor of the late founding owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pro Football Hall of Famer ART ROONEY, SR.
A panel of former players from the NFL Legends Community will select eight finalists (four in the AFC and four in the NFC) from the 32 nominees. The eight finalists will be listed on the Pro Bowl ballot under the NFL Sportsmanship Award category when players vote on Friday, December 14.
The winner of the NFL Sportsmanship Award is determined by a vote of current NFL players. From the eight finalists, each team’s players will submit a consensus vote of their choice for the winner. As in Pro Bowl voting, a team cannot vote for its own player.
The award is presented each year to an NFL player who best demonstrates the qualities of on-field sportsmanship, including fair play, respect for the game and opponents, and integrity in competition.
|PAST RECIPIENTS OF THE ART ROONEY SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD|
|2017||LB Luke Kuechly||Carolina Panthers|
|2016||RB Frank Gore||Indianapolis Colts|
|2015||CB Charles Woodson||Oakland Raiders|
|2014||WR Larry Fitzgerald||Arizona Cardinals|
The winner selected by the vote of the players will be announced during the nationally televised NFL Honors show on Saturday, February 2 on CBS, the night before Super Bowl LIII. He will receive a $25,000 donation from the NFL Foundation to a charity of his choice. He will also receive a trophy that represents the important role that sportsmanship plays in the game and how NFL players that demonstrate integrity and honor on the field serve as role models for players at all levels.
2018 ART ROONEY SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD NOMINEES
|Arizona Cardinals||DT Corey Peters|
|Atlanta Falcons||C Alex Mack|
|Baltimore Ravens||S Eric Weddle|
|Buffalo Bills||DT Kyle Williams|
|Carolina Panthers||DE Julius Peppers|
|Chicago Bears||C Cody Whitehair|
|Cincinnati Bengals||WR A.J. Green|
|Cleveland Browns||OL Joel Bitonio|
|Dallas Cowboys||QB Dak Prescott|
|Denver Broncos||DT Domata Peko|
|Detroit Lions||LS Don Muhlbach|
|Green Bay Packers||CB Tramon Williams|
|Houston Texans||CB Johnathan Joseph|
|Indianapolis Colts||QB Andrew Luck|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||DE Calais Campbell|
|Kansas City Chiefs||WR Sammy Watkins|
|Los Angeles Chargers||TE Antonio Gates|
|Los Angeles Rams||RB Todd Gurley|
|Miami Dolphins||RB Frank Gore|
|Minnesota Vikings||DE Danielle Hunter|
|New England Patriots||WR Matthew Slater|
|New Orleans Saints||QB Drew Brees|
|New York Giants||TE Rhett Ellison|
|New York Jets||DL Steve McLendon|
|Oakland Raiders||QB Derek Carr|
|Philadelphia Eagles||QB Carson Wentz|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||G David DeCastro|
|San Francisco 49ers||T Joe Staley|
|Seattle Seahawks||WR Tyler Lockett|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||LB Lavonte David|
|Tennessee Titans||QB Marcus Mariota|
|Washington Redskins||TE Vernon Davis|