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Colts Nominate T.Y. Hilton For 2019 Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award

The Indianapolis Colts have nominated wide receiver T.Y. Hilton for the 2019 Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award, which is given 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."


INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton today was named one of 32 player nominees for the sixth annual Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award.

The award is given 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," according to a release.

From here, a panel of former NFL players — Warrick Dunn, Curtis Martin, Karl Mecklenburg and Leonard Wheeler — will select eight finalists (four each in the AFC and NFC) from the 32 nominees. Those eight finalists will be listed on the Pro Bowl ballot under the NFL Sportsmanship Award category when players vote on Dec. 13.

The winner of the 2019 Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award will then be announced during the NFL Honors show on Saturday, Feb. 1, on FOX, the night before Super Bowl LIV. He will receive a $25,000 donation from the NFL Foundation to a charity of his choice, as well as 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 players at all levels," according to the league.

Hilton, 30, is in his eighth season with the Colts. A third-round (92nd-overall) selection out of Florida International in the 2012 NFL Draft, Hilton, a four-time Pro Bowl selection, has competed in 114 games with 93 starts and has totaled 539 catches for 8,457 yards and 45 touchdowns. He currently sits in fourth place in team history in both receptions and receiving yards, while his 12 150-yard receiving games are the most in franchise history.

This season, Hilton, who has battled quad and calf injuries, has played in six games and has 32 receptions for 360 yards and five touchdowns.

Hilton is looking to become the second Colts player to be selected for the Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award in its six-year history; running back Frank Gore captured the award back in 2016. Quarterback Andrew Luck was one of eight finalists last year.

Others winners have included Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (2014), Oakland Raiders cornerback Charles Woodson (2015) and Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly (2017) and New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (2018).

Here are all 32 2019 Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award nominees:

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Team Player
Arizona Cardinals A.Q. Shipley, center
Atlanta Falcons Julio Jones, wide receiver
Baltimore Ravens Lamar Jackson, quarterback
Buffalo Bills Lorenzo Alexander, linebacker
Carolina Panthers Christian McCaffrey, running back
Chicago Bears Kyle Fuller, defensive back
Cincinnati Bengals Sam Hubbard, defensive end
Cleveland Browns Nick Chubbs, running back
Dallas Cowboys Byron Jones, cornerback
Denver Broncos Von Miller, linebacker
Detroit Lions Matthew Stafford, quarterback
Green Bay Packers Tramon Williams, cornerback
Houston Texans Deshaun Watson, quarterback
Indianapolis Colts T.Y. Hilton, wide receiver
Jacksonville Jaguars Calais Campbell, defensive lineman
Kansas City Chiefs Patrick Mahomes, quarterback
Los Angeles Chargers Thomas Davis Sr., linebacker
Los Angeles Rams Eric Weddle, safety
Miami Dolphins Danile Kilgore, center
Minnesota Vikings Danielle Hunter, defensive end
New England Patriots Matthew Slater, wide receiver
New Orleans Saints Terron Armstead, tackle
New York Giants Dalvin Tomlinson, defensive lineman
New York Jets Steve McLendon, defensive lineman
Oakland Raiders Derek Carr, quarterback
Philadelphia Eagles Carson Wentz, quarterback
Pittsburgh Steelers James Conner, running back
San Francisco 49ers Joe Staley, tackle
Seattle Seahawks K.J. Wright, linebacker
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Lavonte David, linebacker
Tennessee Titans Ben Jones, center
Washington Redskins Adrian Peterson, running back

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