By Lucas Ewing
Panthers star linebacker Luke Kuechly won the Art Rooney Sportsmanship award at the NFL awards ceremony the night before the Super Bowl.
The award, given to the player in the league who best demonstrates humane qualities and sportsmanship on the field, is dedicated in honor of Art Rooney Sr., the former owner and founder of the Pittsburgh Steelers, who passed away in 1988.
Each of the 32 NFL teams nominate a player from their team to be in the running for the award, where a group of four former players on the NFL Legends Community choose the eight finalists for the award. The winner of the award is then chosen by current NFL players.
The prize, including a large trophy, carried a $25,000 reward to a charity of Kuechly’s choice.
Kuechly is the first Carolina player to win the award after its founding in 2014.
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