CLEVELAND — For the second year in a row, Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb will be representing his team as the nominee for the Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award.
The award has been presented each year since 2014 to an NFL player who “best demonstrates the qualities of on-field sportsmanship.”
Qualities of sportsmanship include fair play, respect for the game and opponents, and integrity in competition.
Chubb, a clear candidate for the 2020 Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award, is about as sportsmanlike as they come, avoiding celebration, working hard at his craft, battling through injury and putting it all on the field each week.
“I’m not really one to celebrate until the game is over and we win. That is when I will celebrate. Until then, it is all about trying to get the next play down and get a win,” Chubb said after Sunday’s win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Fans know his selflessness. He could have experienced the personal joy of a 60-yard touchdown against the Houston Texans, but he put the team first and stepped out just one yard shy of the end zone, allowing the Browns to run the clock out and seal the win without having to risk injuries or a last-second comeback—a true testament to his sportsmanship and teamwork.
A panel of former players—Warrick Dunn, Pro Football Hall of Famer Curtis Martin, Karl Mecklenburg and Leonard Wheeler—will narrow the 32 total nominees down to eight finalists, four from the AFC and four from the NFC.
Those eight finalists will then be listed on the Pro Bowl ballot for current players to vote on. The voting will be held on Dec. 18.
Teams are not permitted to vote on their own player, according to the NFL.
Announced as part of NFL Honors, the winner will receive a $25,000 donation from the NFL Foundation to a charity of their choice.
Chubb joins 31 other players, one from each team, as nominees for the award. Here are the nominees for each team:
|Arizona Cardinals||S Budda Baker|
|Atlanta Falcons||C Alex Mack|
|Baltimore Ravens||DE Calais Campbell|
|Buffalo Bills||CB Tre'Davious White|
|Carolina Panthers||QB Teddy Bridgewater|
|Chicago Bears||LB Khalil Mack|
|Cincinnati Bengals||LB Josh Bynes|
|Cleveland Browns||RB Nick Chubb|
|Dallas Cowboys||RB Ezekiel Elliott|
|Denver Broncos||CB Bryce Callahan|
|Detroit Lions||C Frank Ragnow|
|Green Bay Packers||QB Aaron Rodgers|
|Houston Texans||DT Brandon Dunn|
|Indianapolis Colts||DE Justin Houston|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||DE Josh Allen|
|Kansas City Chiefs||QB Patrick Mahomes|
|Las Vegas Raiders||QB Derek Carr|
|Los Angeles Chargers||DE Joey Bosa|
|Los Angeles Rams||S John Johnson|
|Miami Dolphins||LB Kyle Van Noy|
|Minnesota Vikings||TE Kyle Rudolph|
|New England Patriots||WR Matthew Slater|
|New Orleans Saints||T Ryan Ramczyk|
|New York Giants||DB Logan Ryan|
|New York Jets||DL Folorunso Fatukasi|
|Philadelphia Eagles||C Jason Kelce|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||DT Cameron Heyward|
|San Francisco 49ers||FB Kyle Juszczyk|
|Seattle Seahawks||LB K.J. Wright|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||LB Lavonte David|
|Tennessee Titans||QB Ryan Tannehill|
|Washington Football Team||WR Terry McLaurin|