Gay nominated for Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award


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 CardinalsDT Calais Campbell
Atlanta FalconsCB Desmond Trufant
Baltimore RavensRB Justin Forsett
Buffalo BillsQB Tyrod Taylor
Carolina PanthersLB Luke Kuechly
Chicago BearsRB Matt Forté
Cincinnati BengalsLB Vinny Rey
Cleveland BrownsQB Josh McCown
Dallas CowboysLB Sean Lee
Denver BroncosWR Demaryius Thomas
Detroit LionsWR Calvin Johnson
Green Bay PackersLB Julius Peppers
Houston TexansT Duane Brown
Indianapolis ColtsQB Matt Hasselbeck
Jacksonville JaguarsDT Sen'Derrick Marks
Kansas City ChiefsLB Derrick Johnson
Miami DolphinsDT Earl Mitchell
Minnesota VikingsLB Chad Greenway
New England PatriotsT Nate Solder
New Orleans SaintsTE Benjamin Watson
New York GiantsRB Rashad Jennings
New York JetsLB David Harris
Oakland RaidersS Charles Woodson
Philadelphia EaglesLB DeMeco Ryans
Pittsburgh SteelersCB William Gay
San Diego ChargersQB Philip Rivers
San Francisco 49ersT Joe Staley
Seattle SeahawksWR Jermaine Kearse
St. Louis RamsDT Aaron Donald
Tampa Bay BuccaneersDT Gerald McCoy
Tennessee TitansCB Jason McCourty
Washington RedskinsRB Alfred Morris

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