After being signed by the Atlanta Falcons as an unrestricted free agent in 2013, RB Steven Jackson has led the running game and been a dominant member of the Falcons offense.
Atlanta Falcons running back Steven Jackson became the 19th player in the NFL to hit 11,000 yards during the first half of the season, he exploded down the field for 55-yards in his longest run as a Falcon against the No. 1 team in the NFC, and on Tuesday he was named one of 32 nominees for the first-ever NFL Sportsmanship Award.
All 32 teams in the NFL had the opportunity to nominate one player for the award, and the Falcons chose the 11-year veteran back, who has been a staple on offense and leads the team in rushing yards.
The Sportsmanship Award is set for the NFL player who has demonstrated on-field sportsmanship, including respect for the game and his opponents, and integrity in competition.
A panel of four NFL legends, including former Falcons running back and current limited partner Warrick Dunn, will choose eight finalists, four from the NFC and four from the AFC, to be put on the Pro Bowl ballot for teams to vote on. Each team will vote for one player who is not part of their club and who they believe exemplifies the qualities outlined for the award.
On Jan. 31, 2015, the first NFL Sportsmanship Award will be announced during the nationally televised 4th Annual NFL Honors show. The winner of the Sportsmanship Award will be given a trophy and a $25,000 donation from the NFL Foundation to the charity of his choosing.
For a list of all nominees, click here.