Veterans Adrian Peterson, Calais Campbell, and Thomas Davis Sr. are among the eight finalists for the NFL’s Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award. The reward is for good sportsmanship.
Each NFL team nominates one man for this award, which was created in 2014 in honor of the late founding owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers, and it recognizes players who exemplify outstanding sportsmanship on the field. This award goes to a Pro Football Hall of Famer.
The league revealed the finalists Thursday. Along with Washington running back, Jacksonville defensive end and Los Angeles Chargers linebacker, they include: Indianapolis wide receiver Hilton, New England special teams Matthew Slater, Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford, San Francisco offensive tackle Joe Staley, and Los Angeles Rams safety Eric Weddle.
Staley is a finalist for the fifth consecutive season, while Campbell and Weddle are finalists for the second straight year in a row.
A panel of former players select the eight finalists from the 32 nominees. The panel is comprised of Hall of Famer Curtis Martin, Warrick Dunn, Karl Mecklenberg and Leonard Wheeler.
Past recipients have been Drew Brees, Luke Kuechly, Frank Gore, Charles Woodson, and Larry Fitzgerald. The winner, selected by a vote of the players, will be announced during the NFL Honors Show on February 1, 2019, where the Associated NFL individual award winners are revealed.