The 2019 Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award nominees are out, and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz is in the running.
Every year for the last five seasons, one NFL player gets the honor of being called the Sportsman of the year. Back in 2014, the NFL formed what is called the ‘Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award,’ and just one player wins is based on votes from around the league.
First, players have to get selected by their own organization, though. Each of the 32 NFL teams will vote on their pick for the sportsman of the year, then the rest of the league votes based on what they’ve seen from the 32 nominees listed.
This year, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz has been nominated by his team to represent the program. Next month, we’ll see if Wentz cracks the Top-8 for the award or not. From there, the league votes, and the winner gets announced at the NFL honors show in February.
The potential winnings and the purpose
Wentz could join some elite company if he does happen to win the award this season. He would be the sixth player in the award’s history to earn the honors after Larry Fitzgerald, Charles Woodson, Frank Gore, Luke Kuechly, and most recently, Drew Brees.
What’re the qualifications for winning? Here’s how the NFL explains:
"“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.”"
Now, what does the winner get? Aside from having the title of being the best sport in the sport of football — the winner will also receive a trophy to keep along with a generous $25,000 donation to the winning player’s charity of choice. An Eagles player hasn’t had the honor to win yet. Will Carson Wentz become the first? Soon, we’ll find out.