Joe Staley Nominated for 2019 Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award

For the fifth-consecutive season, Joe Staley has been selected as a nominee for the sixth annual Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award. 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 Art Rooney Sportsmanship 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.

Each NFL team nominated one of its players for the award, which recognizes players around the league who exemplify outstanding sportsmanship on the field. A panel of former players from the NFL Legends Community – Warrick Dunn Pro Football Hall of Famer Curtis Martin, Karl Mecklenburg and Leonard Wheeler – will select eight finalists (four in the AFC and four in the NFC) from the 32 nominees. The eight finalists will be listed on the Pro Bowl ballot under the NFL Sportsmanship Award category when players vote on Friday, December 13.

The winner of the Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award is determined by a vote of current NFL players. 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.

Staley, 35, is in his 13th NFL season – all with the 49ers.

2019 Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award Nominees:

Table inside Article
Team Player
Arizona Cardinals C A.Q. Shipley
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones
Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson
Buffalo Bills LB Lorenzo Alexander
Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey
Chicago Bears DB Kyle Fuller
Cincinnati Bengals DE Sam Hubbard
Cleveland Browns RB Nick Chubb
Dallas Cowboys CB Byron Jones
Denver Broncos LB Von Miller
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford
Green Bay Packers CB Tramon Williams
Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson
Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton
Jacksonville Jaguars DL Calais Campbell
Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes
Los Angeles Chargers LB Thomas Davis Sr.
Los Angeles Rams S Eric Weddle
Miami Dolphins C Daniel Kilgore
Minnesota Vikings DE Danielle Hunter
New England Patriots WR Matthew Slater
New Orleans Saints T Terron Armstead
New York Giants DL Dalvin Tomlinson
New York Jets DL Steve McLendon
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr
Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner
San Francisco 49ers T Joe Staley
Seattle Seahawks LB K.J. Wright
Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Lavonte David
Tennessee Titans C Ben Jones
Washington Redskins RB Adrian Peterson