Cliff Avril nominated for NFL's 2017 Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award

Cliff Avril nominated for NFL's 2017 Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award

Hilton has been named the team's 2017 Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award nominee.

Seattle Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril might be on the injured reserve, but he's earned himself some recognition for his contributions this season.

The award, which honors players who display excellent sportsmanship on the field, is voted on by National Football League players.

The award, which was created in honor of late founding Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney Sr.

Previous year the award went to Colts running back and former 49ers star Frank Gore.

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Robison has been with the Vikings since being drafted in the fourth round of the 2007 NFL Draft.

Past recipients of the award are Frank Gore (2016), Charles Woodson (2015) and Larry Fitzgerald (2014).

A panel of former players - Warrick Dunn, Curtis Martin, Karl Mecklenburg and Leonard Wheeler - will select eight finalists from the list of 32 nominees, four from each conference.

The victor will be announced during the NFL Honors show on February 3 and will receive a trophy and a $25,000 donation from the NFL Foundation to a charity of his choice.

Current NFL players will vote on the award, which will be announced prior to the Super Bowl in February.

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