Indianapolis Colts running back Frank Gore was selected as the winner of the 2016 Art Rooney Sr. Sportsmanship Award, presented to a player for his outstanding sportsmanship on the field. This is the third season for the award, named for the Art Rooney Sr., the Steelers' founder.
Gore won the award named after Steelers’ founder Art Rooney Sr.
“Art Rooney is an iconic figure in NFL history. 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,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Each team nominated one player, and eight finalists were selected by members of the NFL Legends Community, including Warrick Dunn, Curtis Martin, Karl Mecklenburg, and Leonard Wheeler. The final vote was part of the 2017 Pro Bowl ballot voted on by players league-wide.
Gore was announced as the winner at the NFL Honors Awards show. Gore will receive a $25,000 donation from the NFL Foundation to the charity of his choice, and also received “The Art Rooney Trophy,” which represents the role that sportsmanship plays in the game and that those who demonstrate integrity and honor on the field are role models for other players.
Arthur Moats was the Steelers' 2016 nominee for the award.