ATHENS, Ga. – Bulldog greats and current NFL All-Pro players Todd Gurley and A.J. Green are two of 32 nominees for the fifth annual 2018 Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award, the NFL announced Wednesday.
The award honors the late Art Rooney, Sr., founding owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pro Football Hall of Famer. Each of the 32 NFL teams nominated one player who exemplifies the value of sportsmanship the league aims to promote. These nominees demonstrate integrity and honor on the field and are role models for players at all levels.
In 2018, Green is tied for 10th in the league with six touchdown receptions and is 18th with 687 receiving yards. Gurley leads the NFL in rushing attempts (198), rushing yards (988), rushing touchdowns (13), total touchdowns (17), rushing yards per game (98.8) and scoring (108) this season.
The eight finalists will be decided by a panel of former players from the NFL Legends Community and will be announced on Dec. 14. The winner of the NFL Sportsmanship Award is chosen by current NFL players, and will be announced during the CBS nationally televised NFL Honors show the night before Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 2. The winner will receive a trophy and $25,000 donation from the NFL Foundation to a charity of his choice.