Sean Lee Nominated for Rooney Sportsmanship Award

Field of 32 to be whittled to eight by committee of former players


Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee is among the 32 players nominated for the Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award.

Each team nominates one player for the award, which recognizes NFL players who exemplify outstanding sportsmanship on the field -- including fair play, respect for the game and opponents and integrity in competition.

Former NFL players will whittle the list to eight, four representatives from each conference. From there, current players will vote on the winner.

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The award was created during the 2014 season to honor the late founding owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Pro Football Hall of Famer, Art Rooney Sr.

The first winner was Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald.

The winner of the award will be announced at NFL Honors before Super Bowl 50. In addition to the award, $25,000 will be donated from the NFL Foundation to the charity of his choice.

The full list of nominees is below:

Arizona Cardinals -- DT Calais Campbell
Atlanta Falcons -- CB Desmond Trufant
Baltimore Ravens -- RB Justin Forsett
Buffalo Bills -- QB Tyrod Taylor
Carolina Panthers -- LB Luke Kuechly
Chicago Bears -- RB Matt Forté
Cincinnati Bengals -- LB Vinny Rey
Cleveland Browns -- QB Josh McCown
Dallas Cowboys -- LB Sean Lee
Denver Broncos -- WR Demaryius Thomas
Detroit Lions -- WR Calvin Johnson
Green Bay Packers -- LB Julius Peppers
Houston Texans -- T Duane Brown
Indianapolis Colts -- QB Matt Hasselbeck
Jacksonville Jaguars -- DT Sen'Derrick Marks
Kansas City Chiefs -- LB Derrick Johnson
Miami Dolphins -- DT Earl Mitchell
Minnesota Vikings -- LB Chad Greenway
New England Patriots -- T Nate Solder
New Orleans Saints -- TE Benjamin Watson
New York Giants -- RB Rashad Jennings
New York Jets -- LB David Harris
Oakland Raiders -- S Charles Woodson
Philadelphia Eagles -- LB DeMeco Ryans
Pittsburgh Steelers -- CB William Gay
San Diego Chargers -- QB Philip Rivers
San Francisco 49ers -- T Joe Staley
Seattle Seahawks -- WR Jermaine Kearse
St. Louis Rams -- DT Aaron Donald
Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- DT Gerald McCoy
Tennessee Titans -- CB Jason McCourty
Washington Redskins -- RB Alfred Morris

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