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Nominees for 2017 Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award Announced

The 32 player nominees for the fourth 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.

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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.

The winner of the NFL Sportsmanship Award is determined by a vote of current NFL players. 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 panel is comprised of WARRICK DUNN, CURTIS MARTIN, KARL MECKLENBURG and LEONARD WHEELER. 

The eight finalists will be listed on the Pro Bowl ballot under the NFL Sportsmanship Award category when players vote on Friday, December 15. 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 are FRANK GOREof the Indianapolis Colts (2016), CHARLES WOODSON of the Oakland Raiders (2015) and *LARRY FITZGERALD of the Arizona Cardinals (2014).

The winner selected by the vote of the players will be announced during the nationally televised NFL Honors show on Saturday, February 3 on NBC, the night before Super Bowl LII. 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.

2017 Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award Nominees

TEAMNOMINEE

Arizona Cardinals

CB Patrick Peterson
Atlanta FalconsS Ricardo Allen
Baltimore RavensQB Joe Flacco
Buffalo BillsLB Lorenzo Alexander
Carolina PanthersLB Luke Kuechly
Chicago BearsRB Benny Cunningham
Cincinnati BengalsDE Carlos Dunlap
Cleveland Browns

T Joe Thomas

Dallas CowboysC Travis Frederick
Denver BroncosLB Von Miller
Detroit LionsDT Haloti Ngata
Green Bay PackersS Morgan Burnett
Houston TexansP Shane Lechler
Indianapolis ColtsWR T.Y. Hilton
Jacksonville JaguarsLB Paul Posluszny
Kansas City ChiefsQB Alex Smith
Los Angeles ChargersTE Antonio Gates
Los Angeles RamsG Rodger Saffold
Miami DolphinsG Jermon Bushrod
Minnesota VikingsDE Brian Robison
New England PatriotsWR Matthew Slater
New Orleans SaintsQB Drew Brees

New York Giants

T Justin Pugh
New York JetsQB Josh McCown
Oakland RaidersQB Derek Carr
Philadelphia EaglesTE Brent Celek
Pittsburgh SteelersDE Cameron Heyward
San Francisco 49ersT Joe Staley
Seattle SeahawksDE Cliff Avril
Tampa Bay BuccaneersDT Gerald McCoy
Tennessee TitansQB Marcus Mariota
Washington RedskinsTE Vernon Davis

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