Cornerback William Gay is the Steelers nominee for the second annual Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award, presented to a player for his outstanding sportsmanship on the field, including fair play, respect for the game, and integrity in competition.
The award was created in 2014 to honor Art Rooney Sr., the founder of the Steelers and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
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"Art Rooney is an iconic figure in NFL history," said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell at the time the award was introduced. "It is appropriate that we honor his legacy in this way and recognize NFL players for one of the important values that Mr. Rooney represented so well."
Gay is a player that exemplifies what the Steelers are about…a tough, rugged player who respects the game and what it stands for.
One player from every team was nominated for the award, and eight finalists, four in each conference, will be selected by members of the NFL Legends Community, including Warrick Dunn, Curtis Martin, Karl Mecklenburg and Leonard Wheeler.
Current players will have the final say when the eight appear on their Pro Bowl ballot under NFL Sportsmanship Award. The winner is announced during the NFL Honors show on Saturday, Feb. 6.
The winner will receive a $25,000 donation from the NFL Foundation to a charity of his choice and the Art Rooney Sportsmanship Trophy, which represents the key role sportsmanship plays in the game and how NFL players who demonstrate integrity and honor on the field serve as role models.
"It is gratifying that sportsmanship is the category," said Steelers President Art Rooney II when the award was announced in 2014. "It's appropriate. I like to think of my grandfather as someone who truly was a good sport, somebody who cared about the respect and the integrity of the game. The fact it's being voted on by the players, well, the recipient can feel good about it because it's voted on by his peers."
A complete list of the 32 nominees is below.
2015 ART ROONEY SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD NOMINEES
|Arizona Cardinals||DT Calais Campbell|
|Atlanta Falcons||CB Desmond Trufant|
|Baltimore Ravens||RB Justin Forsett|
|Buffalo Bills||QB Tyrod Taylor|
|Carolina Panthers||LB Luke Kuechly|
|Chicago Bears||RB Matt Forté|
|Cincinnati Bengals||LB Vinny Rey|
|Cleveland Browns||QB Josh McCown|
|Dallas Cowboys||LB Sean Lee|
|Denver Broncos||WR Demaryius Thomas|
|Detroit Lions||WR Calvin Johnson|
|Green Bay Packers||LB Julius Peppers|
|Houston Texans||T Duane Brown|
|Indianapolis Colts||QB Matt Hasselbeck|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||DT Sen'Derrick Marks|
|Kansas City Chiefs||LB Derrick Johnson|
|Miami Dolphins||DT Earl Mitchell|
|Minnesota Vikings||LB Chad Greenway|
|New England Patriots||T Nate Solder|
|New Orleans Saints||TE Benjamin Watson|
|New York Giants||RB Rashad Jennings|
|New York Jets||LB David Harris|
|Oakland Raiders||S Charles Woodson|
|Philadelphia Eagles||LB DeMeco Ryans|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||CB William Gay|
|San Diego Chargers||QB Philip Rivers|
|San Francisco 49ers||T Joe Staley|
|Seattle Seahawks||WR Jermaine Kearse|
|St. Louis Rams||DT Aaron Donald|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||DT Gerald McCoy|
|Tennessee Titans||CB Jason McCourty|
|Washington Redskins||RB Alfred Morris|