The New Orleans Saints have nominated All-Pro offensive tackle Ryan Ramczykfor the seventh annual Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award, the league announced Thursday, Dec. 3.
Each NFL team nominated one player for the award, which recognizes players 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 Sr.
Ramczyk, a four-year pro, has become a stalwart at right tackle, starting 58 games and was named to the Associated Press All-Pro team in back-to-back seasons. He joins William Roaf as only the second Saints tackle to be named AP All-Pro twice.
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.
Saints quarterback Drew Brees won the award in 2018.
Past Recipients of the Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award
|2019||RB Adrian Peterson||Washington Football Team|
|2018||QB Drew Brees||New Orleans Saints|
|2017||LB Luke Kuechly||Carolina Panthers|
|2016||RB Frank Gore||Indianapolis Colts|
|2015||CB Charles Woodson||Oakland Raiders|
|2014||WR Larry Fitzgerald||Arizona Cardinals|
The winner of the Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award is determined by a vote of current NFL players. 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, Dec. 18.
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.
2020 Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award Nominees
|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/LB 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|