32 PLAYER NOMINEES
ROONEY SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD ANNOUNCED
-- WINNER TO BE REVEALED AT NFL
HONORS BEFORE SUPER BOWL LII --
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.
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
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 GORE of
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
QB Joe Flacco
T Joe Thomas
LB Von Miller
QB Alex Smith
QB Drew Brees
T Justin Pugh
New York Jets
QB Derek Carr
T Joe Staley