National Football League announces Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award nominees

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Peachtree Ridge grad Cameron Heyward was announced Tuesday as one of the 32 nominees for the NFL's prestigious Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award.


According to NFL Senior Director of Football Operations Randall Liu, Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. "Cam wants to win". I have heard him tell players this is what we have to do, but I have to do it just as well as you have to do. He doesn't complain to referees or get into skirmishes with opposing players or coaches.


The award was established in 2014 in honor of Art Rooney Sr., the late founding owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers.


The Rooney Award is now in its fourth year. This is the second straight year Mariota is the Titans' choice. Then current National Football League players will vote on their Pro Bowl ballots in mid-December to find their team's consensus pick (which can not be among its own players). A panel of former players from the NFL Legends Community will select eight finalists (four from each conference). The victor will be announced at NFL Honors the night before Super Bowl LII after a panel of NFL legends select the eight finalists. "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". Then players from around the league will vote on the victor.

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