Redskins running back Adrian Peterson was named Thursday as one of the finalists for the NFL’s Art Rooney Sportsmanship award.
Peterson joined seven other players — four from each conference — as candidates for the award. The winner, announced Feb. 1, will receive $25,000 to donate to a charity of his choice and a trophy that “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,” according to the league.
Last year’s award went to New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees.
“There are so many good things I can say about Adrian and let’s just start with his makeup,” coach Bill Callahan said last month when the Redskins nominated Peterson. “I haven’t seen a guy like him in a long time. … There’s nothing you can’t ask him that he wouldn’t do – he’s first in line in every drill, he’s first forward in the meeting room, he sits right in front of the room when the plays are being installed and it’s like he’s a rookie on day one just looking at the first play going in for the install of the week.
“There are so many things that impress me about Adrian. I’m glad that he’s been nominated and I certainly hope that he wins the award because he’s certainly deserving.”
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