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The NFL has announced its eight finalists for the first ever NFL Sportsmanship Award. Among the finalists are Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald, Steelers safety Troy Polamalu and Lions WR Calvin Johnson.
The selection panel consisted of Pro Football Hall of Famer Curtis Martin and NFL Legends Warrick Dunn, Karl Mecklenburg and Leonard Wheeler.
The recipient of the NFL Sportsmanship Award will be determined by a vote of current NFL players. The players will vote on December 19 and the winner will be announced on Saturday, January 31, the night before Super Bowl XLIX.
Here are the eight finalists for the NFL Sportsmanship Award:
Carolina Panthers LB Thomas Davis – A 10-year NFL veteran and four-time team captain. He is No. 2 on Carolina’s all-time tackles list with 705.
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald – An 11-year veteran for the Cardinals who set numerous NFL records in the 2008 playoffs. He is Arizona’s all-time leading receiver with 903 receptions for 12,089 yards and 89 touchdowns. At age 31, Fitzgerald is the youngest receiver to catch 900 passes.
Minnesota Vikings LB Chad Greenway – The Vikings’ all-time leading tackler with 981. A two-time Pro Bowler and has led Minnesota in tackles the past six seasons, tied for a team record.
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson – AKA “Megatron,” ranks first in Lions history with 10,263 receiving yards and 72 touchdowns. Johnson set the NFL’s all-time single-season record with 1,964 receiving yards during the 2012 season.
Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu – A 12-year veteran safety and former NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2010, Polamalu ranks third in Pittsburgh history with 755 tackles. The safety, who’s known for his long hair and aggressive playing style, has led the Steelers to two Super Bowl victories.
New England Patriots WR/ST Matthew Slater – A seven-year NFL veteran, Slater is a special teams ace for the Patriots. He has led thePatriots’ special teams unit in tackles the past three seasons and is a three-time Pro Bowl selection.
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith – Smith was selected No. 1 overall by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2005 NFL Draft. He has spent the last two seasons with the Chiefs and has led the team to a 19-10 regular-season record.
Denver Broncos LB DeMarcus Ware – Ware is a 10-year veteran who spent his first nine years with the Dallas Cowboys before joining the Broncos in 2014. The outside linebacker is a seven-time Pro Bowler and has compiled 127 sacks in his career.