Cardinals’ Budda Baker nominated for Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award
Dec 3, 2020, 1:33 PM
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Fourth-year Arizona Cardinals safety Budda Baker was nominated by the team for the Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award on Thursday.
Baker, who was drafted in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Cardinals out of Washington, is one of 32 players nominated for the award.
Since 2014, each NFL team nominated one player that exemplifies outstanding sportsmanship on the gridiron.
The award is named after the late Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney Sr. and is voted on by members of the NFL’s Legends Community and current players.
That committee, which includes Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Curtis Martin, Karl Mecklenburg and Leonard Wheeler, will select eight finalists for the honor.
Current players will vote from there, picking the winner on their Pro Bowl ballots under the NFL Sportsmanship Award category.
The players will vote on the award and this year’s Pro Bowl rosters on Dec. 18.
Baker is joined by players such as: Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes, Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliot, Bears LB Khalil Mack, Ravens DE Calais Campbell and Chargers DE Joey Bosa on this year’s list of nominees.
The winner of the award will receive a $25,000 donation from the NFL Foundation to a charity of their choice.
Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald was the inaugural winner in 2014, while former teammate Adrian Peterson was last year’s recipient of the award.
2020 Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award nominees:
Arizona Cardinals: S Budda Baker
Atlanta Falcons: C Alex Mack
Baltimore Ravens: DE Calais Campbell
Buffalo Bills: CB Tre’Davious White
Carolina Panthers: QB Teddy Bridgewater
Chicago Bears: LB Khalil Mack
Cincinnati Bengals: LB Josh Bynes
Cleveland Browns: RB Nick Chubb
Dallas Cowboys: RB Ezekiel Elliott
Denver Broncos: CB Bryce Callahan
Detroit Lions: C Frank Ragnow
Green Bay Packers: Green Bay Packers: QB Aaron Rodgers
Houston Texans: DT Brandon Dunn
Indianapolis Colts: DE Justin Houston
Jacksonville Jaguars: DE Josh Allen
Kansas City Chiefs: QB Patrick Mahomes
Las Vegas Raiders: QB Derek Carr
Los Angeles Chargers: DE Joey Bosa
Los Angeles Rams: S Jon Johnson
Miami Dolphins: LB Kyle Van Noy
Minnesota Vikings: TE Kyle Rudolph
New England Patriots: WR Matthew Slater
New Orleans Saints: T Ryan Ramczyk
New York Giants: DB Logan Ryan
New York Jets: DL Folorunso Fatukasi
Philadelphia Eagles: C Jason Kelce
Pittsburgh Steelers: DT Cameron Heyward
San Francisco 49ers: FB Kyle Juszczyk
Seattle Seahawks: LB K.J. Wright
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: LB Lavonte David
Tennessee Titans: QB Ryan Tannehill
Washington Football Team: WR Terry McLaurin