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Antonio Gates Named a Nominee For 2017 Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award
By Amanda Scurlock
Published December 9, 2017


San Diego Chargers Antonio Gates runs with a reception during an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana on December 28, 2004. The Colts won 34-31 in overtime. (AP Photo/G. Newman Lowrance)

Los Angeles Chargers tight end ANTONIO GATES is one of the 32 player nominees for the fourth annual ART ROONEY SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD, the NFL announced today. Each NFL team nominated one of its players for the award, which recognizes players around the league who exemplify outstanding sportsmanship on the field.
The award was created in 2014 in honor of the late founding owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pro Football Hall of Famer ART ROONEY, SR.
The winner of the NFL Sportsmanship Award is determined by a vote of current NFL players. A panel of former players from the NFL Legends Community will select eight finalists (four in the AFC and four in the NFC) from the 32 nominees. The panel is comprised of WARRICK DUNNCURTIS MARTINKARL MECKLENBURG andLEONARD WHEELER.
The eight finalists will be listed on the Pro Bowl ballot under the NFL Sportsmanship Award category when players vote on Friday, December 15. From the eight finalists, each team’s players will submit a consensus vote of their choice for the winner. As in Pro Bowl voting, a team cannot vote for its own player.
The award is presented each year to an NFL player who best demonstrates the qualities of on-field sportsmanship, including fair play, respect for the game and opponents, and integrity in competition.
Past recipients of the Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award are FRANK GORE of the Indianapolis Colts (2016), CHARLES WOODSON of the Oakland Raiders (2015) and LARRY FITZGERALD of the Arizona Cardinals (2014).
The winner selected by the vote of the players will be announced during the nationally televised NFL Honors show on Saturday, February 3 on NBC, the night before Super Bowl LII. He will receive a $25,000 donation from the NFL Foundation to a charity of his choice. He will also receive a trophy that represents the important role that sportsmanship plays in the game and how NFL players that demonstrate integrity and honor on the field serve as role models for players at all levels.
Arizona Cardinals
CB Patrick Peterson
Atlanta Falcons
S Ricardo Allen
Baltimore Ravens
QB Joe Flacco
Buffalo Bills
LB Lorenzo Alexander
Carolina Panthers
LB Luke Kuechly
Chicago Bears
RB Benny Cunningham
Cincinnati Bengals
DE Carlos Dunlap
Cleveland Browns
T Joe Thomas
Dallas Cowboys
C Travis Frederick
Denver Broncos
LB Von Miller
Detroit Lions
DT Haloti Ngata
Green Bay Packers
S Morgan Burnett
Houston Texans
P Shane Lechler
Indianapolis Colts
WR T.Y. Hilton
Jacksonville Jaguars
LB Paul Posluszny
Kansas City Chiefs
QB Alex Smith
Los Angeles Chargers
TE Antonio Gates
Los Angeles Rams
G Rodger Saffold
Miami Dolphins
G Jermon Bushrod
Minnesota Vikings
DE Brian Robison
New England Patriots
WR Matthew Slater
New Orleans Saints
QB Drew Brees
New York Giants
T Justin Pugh
New York Jets
QB Josh McCown
Oakland Raiders
QB Derek Carr
Philadelphia Eagles
TE Brent Celek
Pittsburgh Steelers
DE Cameron Heyward
San Francisco 49ers
T Joe Staley
Seattle Seahawks
DE Cliff Avril
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
DT Gerald McCoy
Tennessee Titans
QB Marcus Mariota
Washington Redskins
TE Vernon Davis
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