Arthur Moats is the Steelers nominee for the third 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.
"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."
Moats is a player who is respected by his teammates, as well as opponents, for his style of play, passion for the game and strong work ethic.
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. 4.
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."
2016 ART ROONEY SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD NOMINEES
|Arizona Cardinals||DT Calais Campbell|
|Atlanta Falcons||FB Patrick DiMarco|
|Baltimore Ravens||G Marshal Yanda|
|Buffalo Bills||DT Kyle Williams|
|Carolina Panthers||TE Greg Olsen|
|Chicago Bears||LB Sam Acho|
|Cincinnati Bengals||WR A.J. Green|
|Cleveland Browns||T Joe Thomas|
|Dallas Cowboys||CB Brandon Carr|
|Denver Broncos||LB DeMarcus Ware|
|Detroit Lions||S Glover Quin|
|Green Bay Packers||LB Julius Peppers|
|Houston Texans||LB Brian Cushing|
|Indianapolis Colts||RB Frank Gore|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||LB Paul Posluszny|
|Kansas City Chiefs||LB Derrick Johnson|
|Los Angeles Rams||DE Robert Quinn|
|Miami Dolphins||T Branden Albert|
|Minnesota Vikings||CB Terence Newman|
|New England Patriots||S Devin McCourty|
|New Orleans Saints||T Zach Strief|
|New York Giants||WR Victor Cruz|
|New York Jets||WR Brandon Marshall|
|Oakland Raiders||QB Derek Carr|
|Philadelphia Eagles||RB Darren Sproles|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||LB Arthur Moats|
|San Diego Chargers||QB Philip Rivers|
|San Francisco 49ers||T Joe Staley|
|Seattle Seahawks||WR Tyler Lockett|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||DT Gerald McCoy|
|Tennessee Titans||QB Marcus Mariota|
|Washington Redskins||QB Kirk Cousins|