Calais Campbell, Dalvin Cook among finalists for 2022 Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award

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The NFL announced 32 nominees for the Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award earlier this year and that group has been pared down to eight finalists.

A panel of former players — Warrick Dunn, Curtis Martin, Leonard Wheeler, and Larry Fitzgerald — selected four finalists from each conference as part of the process.

The award was created in 2014 — Fitzgerald was the first honoree — and goes to the player who best demonstrates the qualities of on-field sportsmanship, including fair play, respect for the game and opponents, and integrity in competition. Patriots special teamer Matthew Slater was the 2021 winner.

This year’s finalists are Ravens defensive end Calais Campbell, Browns running back Nick Chubb, Texans defensive end Jerry Hughes, Raiders defensive end Maxx Crosby, Vikings running back Dalvin Cook, Packers running back Aaron Jones, 49ers fullback Kyle Juszczyk, and Buccaneers linebacker Lavonte David.

The winner of the award will be announced at the NFL Honors show ahead of Super Bowl LVII.

5 responses to “Calais Campbell, Dalvin Cook among finalists for 2022 Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award

  1. What a joke.

    If this were a real thing first ballot HOF QB Russell Wilson would be on the panel and he’d be the ONLY finalist.

    He’s being very unjustly slandered for the terrible play of his teammates and the horrid play calling in Denver.

    Stats are stats:

    They passed the ball 22 times vs the Ravens for an avg of 8.4 yards per attempt.

    They ran 26 times (excluding the stellar runs by Wilson) for an avg of 2.6 yards per attempt.

    Riddle me this batman, which approach – run or pass – was more productive?

    If they had passed, let’s say 45 times and run, again let’s say 3 times, they would have had AN ADDITIONAL 133 yards.

    Now please try to argue that 133 yards doesn’t result in a win.

    Put a few more of those together and it’s the playoffs.



  2. Cook was flagged for unsportsmanship like in the Dallas game (because of Dallas coach Edwards). Does that disqualify him?

  3. Art Rooney associated with sportmanship? Remember the ’75 AFC title game when the Rooney family allowed the grounds crew to take a hose to the field to freeze the areas near the sidelines to neutralize the Raiders’ speed advantage?

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