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Mahomes among 5 champions recognized for sportsmanship

December 9, 2021 GMT
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes smiles during the second half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes smiles during the second half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes smiles during the second half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)
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Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes smiles during the second half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)
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Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes smiles during the second half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

NEW YORK (AP) — Super Bowl champions Patrick Mahomes, Ben Roethlisberger, Lavonte David, Jason McCourty and Matthew Slater are among the players nominated for the NFL’s sportsmanship award.

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.

The winner will be revealed as part of NFL Honors, the prime-time TV show on Feb. 9 during which The Associated Press announces its individual season award winners.

A panel of former players — Pro Football Hall of Famer Curtis Martin, Warrick Dunn, Leonard Wheeler, and 2014 Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award recipient Larry Fitzgerald — will select eight finalists, four from each conference. The eight finalists will be listed on the Pro Bowl ballot under the NFL Sportsmanship Award category when players vote later this month. As in Pro Bowl voting, a team member cannot vote for a teammate.

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The winner will receive a $25,000 donation from the NFL Foundation to a charity of his choice.

Past winners are Teddy Bridgewater, Adrian Peterson, Drew Brees, Luke Kuechly, Frank Gore, and Fitzgerald.

The nominees:

Arizona Cardinals, Budda Baker

Atlanta Falcons, Jake Matthews

Baltimore Ravens, Lamar Jackson

Buffalo Bills, Josh Allen

Carolina Panthers, Frankie Luvu

Chicago Bears, Roquan Smith

Cincinnati Bengals, Stanley Morgan

Cleveland Browns, Nick Chubb

Dallas Cowboys, Dak Prescott

Denver Broncos, Pat Surtain II

Detroit Lions, Jamaal Williams

Green Bay Packers, Aaron Jones

Houston Texans, Brandin Cooks

Indianapolis Colts, DeForest Buckner

Jacksonville Jaguars, Shaquill Griffin

Kansas City Chiefs, Patrick Mahomes

Las Vegas Raiders, Derek Carr

Los Angeles Chargers, Derwin James

Los Angeles Rams, Jordan Fuller

Miami Dolphins, Jason McCourty

Minnesota Vikings, Adam Thielen

New England Patriots, Matthew Slater

New Orleans Saints, Cameron Jordan

New York Giants, James Bradberry

New York Jets, C.J. Mosley

Philadelphia Eagles, Darius Slay

Pittsburgh Steelers, Ben Roethlisberger

San Francisco 49ers, Kyle Juszczyk

Seattle Seahawks Tyler Lockett

Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Lavonte David

Tennessee Titans, Derrick Henry

Washington, Landon Collins

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