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Art Rooney Award

The Art Rooney Award is given annually by the National Football League recognizing outstanding sportsmanship on the playing field. Established in 2015, the award is named in honor of Art Rooney, Sr., the founding owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers and a member of the National Football League Hall of Fame.

The award is determined by a vote of the NFL players. The award will be presented each year to an NFL player who demonstrates on the field the qualities of great sportsmanship, including fair play, respect for opponents, and integrity in competition.

Each NFL team nominates one player during the season. A panel of former players from the NFL Legends Community selected from the 32 nominees eight finalists (four in the American Football Conference; four in the National Football Conference). The panel of Legends Coordinators in the inaugural year was composed of Warrick Dunn, Curtis Martin, Karl Mecklenburg and Leonard Wheeler. Along with the award, the winner receives a $25,000 donation from the NFL Foundation to a charity of his choice.[1]

Art Rooney Award winners

Year Player Position Team Ref
2014 Larry Fitzgerald Wide Receiver Arizona Cardinals


  1. ^ "Sportsmanship Award named in honor of Art Rooney Sr.". Pro Football Reference. NFL. Retrieved January 28, 2015.