NFL's 2019 Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award Nominees Announced

NFL’s 2019 Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award Nominees Announced


Winner to be revealed at NFL Honors before Super Bowl LIV

The 32 player nominees for the sixth 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 – WARRICK DUNN, Pro Football Hall of Famer CURTIS MARTINKARL MECKLENBURG, and LEONARD WHEELER – 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 13.

The winner of the Art Rooney 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.

2018QB Drew BreesNew Orleans Saints
2017LB Luke KuechlyCarolina Panthers
2016RB Frank GoreIndianapolis Colts
2015CB Charles WoodsonOakland Raiders
2014WR Larry FitzgeraldArizona Cardinals

The winner, selected by the vote of the players, will be announced during the nationally televised NFL Honors show on Saturday, February 1 on FOX, the night before Super Bowl LIV. 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.


Arizona CardinalsC A.Q. Shipley Los Angeles ChargersLB Thomas Davis Sr.
Atlanta FalconsWR Julio Jones Los Angeles RamsS Eric Weddle
Baltimore RavensQB Lamar Jackson Miami DolphinsC Daniel Kilgore
Buffalo BillsLB Lorenzo Alexander Minnesota VikingsDE Danielle Hunter
Carolina PanthersRB Christian McCaffrey New England PatriotsWR Matthew Slater
Chicago BearsDB Kyle Fuller New Orleans SaintsT Terron Armstead
Cincinnati BengalsDE Sam HubbardNew York GiantsDL Dalvin Tomlinson
Cleveland BrownsRB Nick ChubbNew York JetsDL Steve McLendon
Dallas CowboysCB Byron Jones Oakland RaidersQB Derek Carr
Denver BroncosLB Von Miller Philadelphia EaglesQB Carson Wentz
Detroit LionsQB Matthew Stafford Pittsburgh SteelersRB James Conner
Green Bay PackersCB Tramon Williams San Francisco 49ersT Joe Staley
Houston TexansQB Deshaun Watson Seattle SeahawksLB K.J. Wright
Indianapolis ColtsWR T.Y. Hilton Tampa Bay BuccaneersLB Lavonte David
Jacksonville JaguarsDL Calais Campbell Tennessee TitansC Ben Jones
Kansas City ChiefsQB Patrick Mahomes Washington RedskinsRB Adrian Peterson


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