Ware, who is in his third year with the team and 12th NFL season overall, is a nine-time Pro Bowler and seven-time Associated Press All-Pro selection. He has been named a team captain on eight occasions, including in each of his three seasons with the Broncos.
A player from all 32 teams was nominated for the award, which recognizes those who best demonstrate the qualities of on-field sportsmanship, including fair play, respect for the game and opponents, and integrity in competition. The award was created in 2014 in honor of the late founding owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pro Football Hall of Famer Art Rooney Sr.
A panel of former players from the NFL Legends Community selected the eight finalists from the 32 nominees. The panel is comprised of Warrick Dunn, Curtis Martin, Leonard Wheeler and Broncos Ring of Famer Karl Mecklenburg.
The eight finalists will be listed on the Pro Bowl ballot under the NFL Sportsmanship Award category. From the eight finalists, each team’s players will submit a consensus vote of their choice for the winner. As in Pro Bowl voting, a team cannot vote for its own player.
The winner selected by the vote of the players will be announced during the nationally televised NFL Honors show on Saturday, Feb. 4, on FOX, the night before Super Bowl LI. The winner will receive a $25,000 donation from the NFL Foundation to a charity of his choice. He will also receive 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 models for players at all levels.
2016 ART ROONEY SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD FINALISTS
|Player||NFL Team||Conf.||Pos.||College||NFL Exp.|
|Brian Cushing||Houston Texans||AFC||LB||Southern California||8|
|Frank Gore||Indianapolis Colts||AFC||RB||Miami||12|
|Greg Olsen||Carolina Panthers||NFC||TE||Miami||10|
|Julius Peppers||Green Bay Packers||NFC||LB||North Carolina||15|
|Darren Sproles||Philadelphia Eagles||NFC||RB||Kansas State||12|
|Joe Staley||San Francisco 49ers||NFC||T||Central Michigan||10|
|DeMarcus Ware||Denver Broncos||AFC||LB||Troy||12|
|Marshal Yanda||Baltimore Ravens||AFC||G/T||Iowa||10|