Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald selected as finalist for NFL Sportsmanship Award

TEMPE, Ariz. – On the night before Super Bowl XLIX, the NFL will award it’s first ever NFL Sportsmanship Award. There are eight finalists: one of whom is Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald.

Each of the 32 NFL clubs nominated one of its players for the award earlier this season. Moving forward, the award will recognize NFL players each season for their exemplary sportsmanship on the football field. A four-man panel of former players – Warrick Dunn, Curtis Martin, Karl Mecklenburg and Leonard Wheeler – from the NFL Legends Community selected the eight finalists from the 32 nominees.

Four players were selected from each conference. The other finalists alongside Fitzgerald are: Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis, Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway, Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, Steelers safety Troy Polamalu, Patriots wide receiver-special teamer Matthew Slater, Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith and Broncos defensive end DeMarcus Ware.

The winner of the NFL Sportsmanship Award will be determined by a vote of current NFL players. The eight finalists will be on the Pro Bowl ballot under the NFL Sportsmanship Award when the players make their votes on December 19. From the eight finalists, each team’s players will offer a consensus vote of their choice for the winner. Just like in Pro Bowl voting, a team can’t vote for its own player.

The winner will be announced during the nationally televised “4th Annual NFL Honors” show on Saturday, January 31 on NBC. The winner will receive a $25,000 donation from the NFL Foundation to a charity of his choice. The winner will also be given a trophy, which will shine as an example of what good sportsmanship means to the game of football and how NFL players show integrity and honor on the football field and carry themselves as role models for those aspiring to make it to the NFL level.




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