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Justin Pugh is Giants nominee for Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award


Offensive lineman Justin Pugh is the Giants nominee for the 2017 Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award:

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 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 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.


**Team** **Nominee**
Arizona Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson
Atlanta Falcons S Ricardo Allen
Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco
Buffalo Bills LB Lorenzo Alexander
Carolina Panthers LB Luke Kuechly
Chicago Bears RB Benny Cunningham
Cincinnati Bengals DE Carlos Dunlap
Cleveland Browns T Joe Thomas
Dallas Cowboys C Travis Frederick
Denver Broncos LB Von Miller
Detroit Lions DT Haloti Ngata
Green Bay Packers S Morgan Burnett
Houston Texans P Shane Lechler
Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton
Jacksonville Jaguars LB Paul Posluszny
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith
Los Angeles Chargers TE Antonio Gates
Los Angeles Rams G Rodger Saffold
Miami Dolphins G Jermon Bushrod
Minnesota Vikings DE Brian Robinson
New England Patriots WR Matthew Slater
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees
New York Giants T Justin Pugh
New York Jets QB Joshn McCown
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr
Philadelphia Eagles TE Brent Celek
Pittsburgh Steelers DE Cameron Heyward
San Francisco 49ers T Joe Staley
Seattle Seahawks DE Cliff Avril
Tampa Bay Buccaneers DE Gerald McCoy
Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota
Washington Redskins TE Vernon Davis
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