Earlier today the NFL announced the 32 nominees for the fourth annual Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award. The Chicago Bears’ nominee is running back Benny Cunningham.
There are a couple other players nominated with previous connections to the Bears. Quarterback Josh McCown of the New York Jets played in Chicago from 2011 to 2013, and Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Jermon Bushrod was a Bear from 2013 to 2015.
The award is given to a player with “outstanding sportsmanship on the field,” and it will be awarded at the NFL Honors show on Saturday, February 3 on NBC. The 32 nominees will be pared down to eight finalists and the players will vote for the winner. The winner will receive a $25,000 donation from the NFL that he will give to a charity of his choosing. The winner will also receive a trophy “that represents the important role that sportsmanship plays in the game and how NFL players that demonstrate integrity and honor on the field serve as role models for players at all levels.”
For the full list of nominees you can click here.