Jason McCourty a Finalist for Sportsmanship Award


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Titans cornerback Jason McCourty has been named one of eight finalists for the second annual Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award.

Each NFL team nominated one of its players for the award, which recognizes players who exemplify outstanding sportsmanship on the field. The award was created last season in honor of the late founding owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pro Football Hall of Famer Art Rooney, Sr.

McCourty, in his seventh season with the Titans, has been named a team captain with the team in 2012, 2013, and 2015.

He was named the 2014 Titans Walter Payton Man of the Year for his outstanding work in the community.

The other finalists, featuring four players from each conference: Running back Justin Forsett (Baltimore), running back Matt Forte (Chicago), linebacker Luke Kuechly (Carolina), quarterback Matt Hasselbeck (Indianapolis), wide receiver Calvin Johnson (Detroit), tackle Joe Staley (San Francisco) and safety Charles Woodson (Oakland).

A panel of former players from the NFL Legends Community – Warrick Dunn, Curtis Martin, Karl Mecklenburg and Leonard Wheeler -- selected from the 32 nominees eight finalists.

The winner of the Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award is determined by a vote of current NFL players.

The winner will be announced during the nationally televised "5th Annual NFL Honors" show on Saturday, February 6 on CBS, the night before Super Bowl 50. He will receive a $25,000 donation from the NFL Foundation to a charity of his choice.

In 2014, Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald was selected as the inaugural winner of the Art Rooney Award.

McCourty was placed on Injured Reserve earlier in the season because of a groin injury.


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