Running back Ezekiel Elliott is the Cowboys nominee for the 2020 Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award, presented annually to an NFL player for their on-field sportsmanship and integrity.
The award was created in 2014 in honor of longtime Pittsburgh Steelers founding owner and Hall of Famer Art Rooney Sr.
Each team receives one nominee for the award, and a panel of former players from the NFL Legends Community selects eight finalists. From those finalists, each team’s players will vote for a winner.
Ezekiel Elliott has sort of been the last man standing on this Cowboys offense this season, as much of what was expected to be in place has fallen around him. He is having his worst year in terms of production, but that doesn’t change the level of leader he is for the Cowboys.
Elliott has played in all 11 games this season, and rarely misses time at all. He is widely respected by his peers across the league, and is consistently voted among the league’s best by other players in NFL Network’s year voting.
Past winners of this award include Adrian Peterson, Drew Brees, Luke Kuechly, Frank Gore, Charles Woodson, and Larry Fitzgerald.
Elliott would be the youngest player to ever win this award.