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Kyle Juszczyk is 49ers’ nominee for 2023 Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award

Nov 22, 2023 at 7:42 AM--


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The NFL announced the 32 nominees for the 10th annual Art Rooney 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 San Francisco 49ers' nominee is fullback Kyle Juszczyk, who has been with the team since signing in 2017. It is the fourth consecutive year Juszczyk has been the team's nominee.

The award winner will be revealed as part of NFL Honors before Super Bowl LVIII.

Created in 2014, the award honors the late founding owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pro Football Hall of Famer Art Rooney Sr.

A panel of former players from the NFL Legends Community — Warrick Dunn, 2014 Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award recipient Larry Fitzgerald, Pro Football Hall of Famer Curtis Martin 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 in December.

"Sportsmanship is the core of the game, the vanguard of public confidence, the keeper of game integrity," said Troy Vincent, NFL executive vice president of football operations. "These Rooney Sportsmanship Award nominees exemplify the spirit of fair play and the values of respect, integrity, commitment to team and resiliency at the highest level of competition."

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.​

2023 ART ROONEY SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD NOMINEES

Team Player
Arizona Cardinals Budda Baker
Atlanta Falcons Jake Matthews
Baltimore Ravens Kevin Zeitler
Buffalo Bills Mitch Morse
Carolina Panthers Adam Thielen
Chicago Bears T.J. Edwards
Cincinnati Bengals Tyler Boyd
Cleveland Browns Joel Bitonio
Dallas Cowboys Dak Prescott
Denver Broncos Lloyd Cushenberry III
Detroit Lions Taylor Decker
Green Bay Packers Aaron Jones
Houston Texans Robert Woods
Indianapolis Colts DeForest Buckner
Jacksonville Jaguars Foyesade Oluokun
Kansas City Chiefs Trent McDuffie
Las Vegas Raiders Maxx Crosby
Los Angeles Chargers Khalil Mack
Los Angeles Rams Jordan Fuller
Miami Dolphins Durham Smythe
Minnesota Vikings Danielle Hunter
New England Patriots David Andrews
New Orleans Saints Erik McCoy
New York Giants Bobby Okereke
New York Jets C.J. Mosley
Philadelphia Eagles Fletcher Cox
Pittsburgh Steelers Larry Ogunjobi
San Francisco 49ers Kyle Juszczyk
Seattle Seahawks Bobby Wagner
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Chris Godwin
Tennessee Titans Morgan Cox
Washington Commanders Logan Thomas

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.

The winner will be announced as part of NFL Honors. He will receive a $25,000 donation from the NFL Foundation to a charity of his choice.

​PREVIOUS RECIPIENTS OF THE ART ROONEY SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD

Year Player Team
2022 DT Calais Campbell Baltimore Ravens
2021 WR Matthew Slater New England
2020 QB Teddy Bridgewater Carolina
2019 RB Adrian Peterson Washington
2018 QB Drew Brees New Orleans
2017 LB Luke Kuechly Carolina
2016 RB Frank Gore Indianapolis
2015 CB Charles Woodson Oakland Raiders
2014 WR Larry Fitzgerald Arizona

The above information was provided by NFL Communications.

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